Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis

Paperback | April 23, 2013

bySandra Steingraber

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Nothing could be more important than the health of our children, and no one is better suited to examine the threats against it than Sandra Steingraber. Once called "a poet with a knife," she blends precise science with lyrical memoir. In Living Downstream she spoke as a biologist and cancer survivor; in Having Faith she spoke as an ecologist and expectant mother, viewing her own body as a habitat. Now she speaks as the scientist mother of two young children, enjoying and celebrating their lives while searching for ways to protect them--and all children--from the toxic, climate-threatened world they inhabit

Each chapter of this engaging and unique book focuses on one inevitable ingredient of childhood--everything from pizza to laundry to homework to the "Big Talk"--and explores the underlying social, political, and ecological forces behind it. Through these everyday moments, Steingraber demonstrates how closely the private, intimate world of parenting connects to the public world of policy-making and how the ongoing environmental crisis is, fundamentally, a crisis of family life.

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Nothing could be more important than the health of our children, and no one is better suited to examine the threats against it than Sandra Steingraber. Once called "a poet with a knife," she blends precise science with lyrical memoir. In Living Downstream she spoke as a biologist and cancer survivor; in Having Faith she spoke as an eco...

Sandra Steingraber, PhD, biologist, activist, and author, is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College in New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306820757

ISBN - 13:9780306820755

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Santa Monica Public Library, “Green Prize for Sustainable Literature,” September 2012 Booklist, 3/15/11 “Steingraber writes passionately about the things that matter most to her, her family and the environmentsmoothly shifting from events in her life to a broader viewSteingraber wants to change the world even as she remains firmly planted in the neighborhood, seeking a way to make life better than most of us have come to expect.” Buffalo News, 3/1/11 “Writing as both a scientist and mother of two childrenSteingraber cites links between rising chronic childhood diseases and toxic chemical exposures. She takes a broad view, looking at increases in the prevalence of asthma, learning disabilities and autism, as she tries to understand her own household and life as a mom.”  Power of One Woman Blog, 3/29/11 “Through her newest bookSandra has once again provided us, through well-documented case studies, the opportunity to examine our lifestyles choices and our surrounding environmentsSandra and her stories are gifts: golden information for busy parents who do not have the time for months of research.”  Publishers Weekly, 4/4/11 “A persuasive, personal call to action.”