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The author of the book: Sandra Steingraber
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The size of the: 17.85 MB
Edition: Da Capo Press
Date of issue: May 15th 2012
Read full description of the books Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood (A Merloyd Lawrence Book):One of the most thought-provoking books I've read recently, and the most thought-provoking book about human reproduction I've ever read. Having Faith intertwines the story of Steingraber's first pregnancy, birthing, and breastfeeding experiences with a compelling account of how fetal development, breastfeeding, and environmental toxins work. I appreciate the specificity and care of Steingraber's prose: her style expresses wonder at the beauty and complexity of human lives/bodies/brains/breasts/fragility, but not at the expense of mentioning studies' methodological limitations and nuanced findings. This book raises vital questions in an illuminating way.
I can see how some readers (especially pregnant, breastfeeding, and/or parenting readers) might be depressed or frightened by the book's emphasis on problems we cannot control by ourselves. But I actually found its emphasis on system-level problems refreshing and encouraging, in that Steingraber constantly challenges the conventional everything-rests-on-the-individual-mother's-shoulders guilt trip. (Perhaps the fact that I already knew some of the scariest stuff helped.) I was also struck, in reading her descriptions of everything that can go wrong in fetal development, with awe and delight at how we all managed to become our human selves--how anything can possibly go right. When I was pregnant with my son, I would have loved reading the early chapters' descriptions of what was happening at the cellular level in my body and in the body it was creating.
Here's a link to my longer review.
Oct. 2011: now gradually rereading during my own (2nd) pregnancy ... wow I love those opening chapters!
Dec. 2011: finished my second time through; I think if I could assign one book to *everyone*, this would be it--so please go read it if you haven't yet.
Read information about the authorEcologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on the environmental links to cancer and reproductive health. She received her doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan and master’s degree in English from Illinois State University. She is the author of Post-Diagnosis, a volume of poetry, and coauthor of a book on ecology and human rights in Africa, The Spoils of Famine. She has taught biology at Columbia College, Chicago, held visiting fellowships at the University of Illinois, Radcliffe/Harvard, and Northeastern University, and served on President Clinton’s National Action Plan on Breast Cancer.
Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue. It was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with newly released data from U.S. cancer registries. Living Downstream won praise from international media, including The Washington Post, the Nation, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Lancet, and The London Times. In 1997, Steingraber was named a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. In 1998, she received from the Jenifer Altman foundation the first annual Altman Award for “the inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer,” and from the New England chapter of the American Medical Writers Association, the Will Solimene Award for “excellence in medical communication.” In 1999, the Sierra Club heralded Steingraber as “the new Rachel Carson.” And in 2001, Carson’s own alma mater, Chatham College, selected Steingraber to receive its biennial Rachel Carson Leadership Award.
Continuing the investigation begun in Living Downstream, Steingraber’s new work, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood, explores the intimate ecology of motherhood. Both a memoir of her own pregnancy and an investigation of fetal toxicology, Having Faith reveals the alarming extent to which environmental hazards now threaten each crucial stage of infant development. In the eyes of an ecologist, the mother’s body is the first environment for human life. The Library Journal selected Having Faith as one of its best books of 2001. In 2002, it was featured on “Kids and Chemicals,” a PBS documentary by Bill Moyers.
Formerly on faculty at Cornell University, Sandra Steingraber is currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She is married to sculptor Jeff de Castro. They are proud parents of five-year-old Faith and two-year-old Elijah.
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