With this eloquent and impassioned book, biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber, writes with extraordinary grace and clarity about that most depressing of subjects: cancer, a disease that sends you into an unfamiliar territory where all the rules of human conduct are alien.
Writing from the twin perspectives of a survivor and a concerned scientist, she traces the high incidence of cancer and the terrifying concentrations of environmental toxins in her native rural Illinois, and in other communities, such as Boston and Long Island, and throughout the United States, where cancer rates have risen alarmingly since mid-century. At once a deeply moving personal document and a groundbreaking work of scientific detection, Living Downstream will be a touchstone for generations, reminding us of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the integrity of our air, land, and water.
"By skillfully weaving a strong personal drama with thorough scientific research, Steingraber tells a compelling story....Well worth reading." - Washington Post
Biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber shoulders the legacy of Rachel Carson, producing a work about people and land, cancer and the environment, that is as accessible and as invaluable as "Silent Spring". "An important, deeply felt book". - Chicago Tribune
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (Jul 28 1998)
Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.3 x 2.5 cm