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Lake Effect: Two Sisters and a Town's Toxic Legacy

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On her deathbed, Sue asked her sister for one thing: to write about the connection between the industrial pollution in their hometown and the rare cancer that was killing her. Fulfilling that promise has been Nancy Nicholsand#8217; mission for more than a decade.

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Lake Effect is the story of her investigation. It reaches back to their childhood in Waukegan, Illinois, an industrial town on Lake Michigan once known for good factory jobs and great fishing. Now Waukegan is famous for its Superfund sites: as one resident put it, asbestos to the north, PCBs to the south.

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Drawing on her experience as a journalist, Nichols interviewed dozens of scientists, doctors, and environmentalists to determine if these pollutants could have played a role in her sisterand#8217;s death. While researching Sueand#8217;s cancer, she discovered her own: a vicious though treatable form of pancreatic cancer. Doctors and even family urged her to forget causes and concentrate on cures, but Nichols

knew that it was relentless questioning that had led to her diagnosis. And that it is questioningand#151;by government as well as individualsand#151;that could save other lives.

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Lake Effect challenges us to ask why. It is the fulfillment of a sisterand#8217;s promise. And it is a call to stop the pollution that is endangering the health of all our families.

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"In 1992, Nichols' beloved elder sister was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. On her deathbed, she makes Nichols, already a journalist, promise to write about her illness and what the two of them suspected might be the cause of it: massive pollution in their hometown of Waukegen, Ill., on the shore of Lake Michigan. In the midst of working on the book, Nichols received her own diagnosis-she also has a rare form of cancer which requires aggressive treatment. 'My story was my sister's once over,' she writes. Nichols constructs a fast-moving, urgent narrative that catalogues the evidence of the many different forms of pollution and the likelihood that they contributed to the cancers, documenting the choices and treatment she must face as a cancer patient. There is also, inevitably, a prosecutorial tone and a barely suppressed sense of outrage that such reckless pollution could be allowed to happen. Even if, as she explains, the facts that what she uncovers wouldn't stand up in court, the book still bears witness to both her own and her sister's trials." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Nancy Nichols made a deathbed promise to her sister that she would investigate the toxic history of their hometown, Waukegan, Ill., on the shore of Lake Michigan. A small town once known as the "Coho Capital of the World," Waukegan was a bucolic place for the girls to grow up, with happy summer days spent splashing in the lake. That was before the Environmental Protection Agency designated the town... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

On her dea

Synopsis:

On her deathbed, Sue asked her sister for one thing: to write about the connection between the industrial pollution in their hometown and the rare cancer that was killing her.  Fulfilling that promise has been Nancy Nichols mission for more than a decade.

 

Lake Effect is the story of her investigation. It reaches back to their childhood in Waukegan, Illinois, an industrial town on Lake Michigan once known for good factory jobs and great fishing. Now Waukegan is famous for its Superfund sites: as one resident put it, asbestos to the north, PCBs to the south.  

 

Lake Effect challenges us to ask why. It is the fulfillment of a sisters promise. And it is a call to stop the pollution that is endangering the health of all our families.  

About the Author

Nancy A. Nichols is a journalist, editor, and broadcaster whose writing has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times Book Review, The Harvard Business Review, and The Nation, among other publications.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597260848
Author:
Nichols, Nancy
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Nichols, Nancy A.
Subject:
Diseases - Cancer
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
Environmental aspects
Subject:
Oncology
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cancer - Environmental aspects - Illinois -
Subject:
Polychlorinated biphenyls.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
notes, bibliography, index
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1992, Nichols' beloved elder sister was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. On her deathbed, she makes Nichols, already a journalist, promise to write about her illness and what the two of them suspected might be the cause of it: massive pollution in their hometown of Waukegen, Ill., on the shore of Lake Michigan. In the midst of working on the book, Nichols received her own diagnosis-she also has a rare form of cancer which requires aggressive treatment. 'My story was my sister's once over,' she writes. Nichols constructs a fast-moving, urgent narrative that catalogues the evidence of the many different forms of pollution and the likelihood that they contributed to the cancers, documenting the choices and treatment she must face as a cancer patient. There is also, inevitably, a prosecutorial tone and a barely suppressed sense of outrage that such reckless pollution could be allowed to happen. Even if, as she explains, the facts that what she uncovers wouldn't stand up in court, the book still bears witness to both her own and her sister's trials." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,

On her dea

"Synopsis" by ,

On her deathbed, Sue asked her sister for one thing: to write about the connection between the industrial pollution in their hometown and the rare cancer that was killing her.  Fulfilling that promise has been Nancy Nichols mission for more than a decade.

 

Lake Effect is the story of her investigation. It reaches back to their childhood in Waukegan, Illinois, an industrial town on Lake Michigan once known for good factory jobs and great fishing. Now Waukegan is famous for its Superfund sites: as one resident put it, asbestos to the north, PCBs to the south.  

 

Lake Effect challenges us to ask why. It is the fulfillment of a sisters promise. And it is a call to stop the pollution that is endangering the health of all our families.  

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