Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis by Sandra SteingraberRaising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis by Sandra Steingraber

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

bySandra Steingraber

Paperback | April 23, 2013

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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.

Sandra Steingraber, PhD, biologist, activist, and author, is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College in New York.
Title:Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental CrisisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0306820757

ISBN - 13:9780306820755

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Editorial Reviews

Story Circle Book Reviews, 12/13/11 “Part lyrical parenting memoir, part hard-hitting, meticulously researched advocacy, Raising Elijah is not a light read. But if you care about the health of our children and the planet that nourishes all of us, it's darn near essentialThis is a powerful and empowering book: take it slowly and let Steingraber's facts and passion for a healthy world seep in and become part of your understanding; let them guide your daily choices in lifeSteingraber uses memoir to introduce facts, and does it so effectively that the reader is sucked right inA compelling and surprisingly hopeful work—one that will stick with you long after you've turned the final page.”  The Christian Century, 12/27/11 “A frightening read. I was tempted to put the book down several times but kept returning because of the author's passion not only for the health of children but for the intricacies of nature, the human body and family life.”  Environmental Working Group's Enviroblog, 11/8 “Give it to a fellow parent when you're done.”