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I really enjoy large non-fiction books about a single simple subjects. Salt, for example. Or networks. Or candy. Now one has come out about sewage. Rose George is an investigative journalist. I’ve got this one on order.

The story of civilization has been the story of separating you from your waste. British investigative journalist Rose George’s stunning—and nauseating—new book opens by explaining that a single gram of feces can contain “ten million viruses, one million bacteria, one thousand parasite cysts, and one hundred worm eggs.” Accidentally ingesting this cocktail causes 80 percent of all the sickness on earth.