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

I am reading Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis by Sandra Steingraber. I heard about it by chance, and by now I've ordered all her other books. The author is a biologist and mother of two who writes about raising children in the age of chemical contamination. Our children face an environment that is more polluted than ever before, and many of the very things that are poisonous have become so common that we simply don't think about it (for e.g. play yards made of pressure treated wood). Steingraber writes simply and to the point about things in our every day life (orange juice, tomatoes, lawn mowing and cloths drying) and documents everything. Not at all uplifting, but eye-opening.

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Submitted by jjones on Sat, 04/28/2012 - 11:15am.
I read this book after seeing your review, and although the subject matter is very disconcerting (who knew so many things we use in everyday life are slowly poisoning us?), I simply couldn't put it down. Very well written! I recommend it to anyone, but especially to parents.