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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

tundramama, January 1, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed Quammen's earlier work 'Song of the Dodo', but the topic of Spillover felt even more relevant given the frequency with which outbreaks of animal diseases are occurring among humans. I found the writing engaging and interesting, though as in the past, he tends to digress onto side topics at length. Nonetheless, his strong writing and interesting research experiences carry the reader through.
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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

tundramama, January 1, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed Quammen's earlier work 'Song of the Dodo', but the topic of Spillover felt even more relevant given the frequency with which outbreaks of animal diseases are occurring among humans. I found the writing engaging and interesting, though as in the past, he tends to digress onto side topics at length. Nonetheless, his strong writing and interesting research experiences carry the reader through.
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No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene
No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

tundramama, January 1, 2012

A very simple read, straightforward and, given the topic, fairly light reading. But the story is amazing and well told in the writing. Very inspiring to read about the difference that one family can make in the lives of children.
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The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother's Shocking Investigation Into the Dangers of America's Food Supply-- And What Every Family Can Do to Protec by Robyn Obrien
The Unhealthy Truth: One Mother's Shocking Investigation Into the Dangers of America's Food Supply-- And What Every Family Can Do to Protec

tundramama, September 2, 2011

I read this book as a new mom. I was just learning about the issues of plastics and other chemical in our environment and this fit that vein as the author delves into the issues of genetically modified foods in our diet. they are ubiquitous. she shares both her journey and the information she learns about the relationships of the food industry, lobby groups, and the FDA. More than a little scary to learn how our government really works. Ironically I've always been someone who didn't hold our government in very high regard, but what I've learned in this book and others relating the government's role in maintaining toxins in our environment to appease big business has truly hit me hard. As a new mom with an outside job, I'm exhausted already and trying to do everything i can to raise my daughter well and create a safe environment for her. But to then realize I have to police EVERYTHING - it's overwhelming. However, back to book, it's very clearly written and the message is very important. I very highly recommend anyone concerned about their long term health or that of their children read this book. I gave it only 4 stars because the writing style was a little annoying - I felt that she was 'writing down' to the reader at times, constantly repeating herself as if I didn't understand the first time. That got old fast. But, perhaps she was writing for a less educated audience? In any case, this is an important book and I recommend you read it.
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Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things by Rick Smith
Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things

tundramama, January 1, 2011

Excellent book - easy to read, well written, enough humor to keep you engaged and filled with terrifying but very important information about the chemicals we are surrounded by everyday. Presents frightening research in a clear, understandable way - hard to believe that the US and Canada are so willing to sell our health (and lives) to the chemical industry. A good introduction into the world of toxins and a helpful guide to start cutting back on our exposures.
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