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Pleased to Meet Me (Digital Audiobook)

Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are

By Bill Sullivan, Alex Boyles (Narrator)

Publication Date: December 4, 2019


Why are you attracted to a certain “type?” Why are you a morning person? Why do you vote the way you do? From a witty new voice in popular science comes a clever, life-changing look at what makes you you.

“I can’t believe I just said that.” “What possessed me to do that?” “What’s wrong with me?”

We’re constantly seeking answers to these fundamental human questions, and now, science has the answers. The foods we enjoy, the people we love, the emotions we feel, and the beliefs we hold can all be traced back to our DNA, germs, and environment. This witty, colloquial book is popular science at its best, describing in everyday language how genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, and psychology work together to influence our personality and actions.

Mixing cutting-edge research and relatable humor, Pleased to Meet Me is filled with fascinating insights that shine a light on who we really are—and how we might become our best selves.

About the Author

Bill Sullivan is an award-winning professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies genetics and infectious disease. He received his PhD in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania and has published dozens of papers in scientific journals. A contributor to Scientific American, Scientific American Mind,, Cosmos, A Science Enthusiast, and more, he has also been interviewed by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the Indianapolis Star, the Naked Scientists, and The Scientist. He lives with his wife and two children near Indianapolis. Visit him at