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I'm amazed that I read Having Faith at all, given that I didn't like the cover or the title. It is a testament to the book's greatness that my prejudices fell by the wayside as soon as I started reading. Sandra Steingraber, ecologist and mother, effortlessly weaves memoir, science, and history with elegance and clarity. Fascinating details about the workings of the body and harrowing stories of preventable epidemics mingle with her personal experiences of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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As an ecologist, Sandra Steingraber spent her professional life observing how living things interact with their environments. Now, 38 and pregnant, she had become a habitat — for a population of one. Having Faith is Steingraber's exploration of the intimate ecology of motherhood. Using her scientist's eye to study the biological drama of new life being knit from the molecules of air, food, and water flowing into her body, she looks at the environmental hazards that now threaten pregnant and breastfeeding women, and examines the effects these toxins can have on a child. "Lyrical, funny, toughly scientific and unflinchingly truthful," (Booklist), Having Faith makes the metamorphosis of a few cells into a baby astonishingly vivid, and the dangers to human reproduction urgently real.

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"Like a cross between Rachel Carson and Oliver Sacks, Steingraber writes science as though it is poetry and prose that combines storytelling and a call to action...as powerfully relevant to men as to women, as accessible to science dolts like me as it is persuasive to the more informed." Toronto Star.

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"Intelligent, thoughtful and beautifully written, Steingraber's book...deserves to be called a classic." Economist

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"Very well written...a persuasive call to action." Mothering Magazine

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"Lyrical....Read it to find out why [Steingraber] is being called the next Rachel Carson." earthmatters

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"With the ear of a poet...Steingraber weaves the personal and the political in a startingly fresh, wholly convincing way." Brain Child

Synopsis:

Using her scientist's eye to study the biological drama of new life being knit from the molecules of air, food, and water flowing into her body, the author of Living Downstream looks at the environmental hazards that now threaten pregnant and breastfeeding women, and examines the effects these toxins can have on a child.

Synopsis:

As an ecologist, Sandra Steingraber spent her professional life observing how living things interact with their environments.  Now, 38 and pregnant, she had become a habitat—for a population of one.

Having Faith is Steingraber's exploration of the intimate ecology of motherhood. Using her scientist's eye to study the biological drama of new life being knit from the molecules of air, food, and water flowing into her body, she looks at the environmental hazards that now threaten pregnant and breastfeeding women, and examines the effects these toxins can have on a child. Having Faith makes the metamorphosis of a few cells into a baby astonishingly vivid, and the dangers to human reproduction urgently real. 

About the Author

Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., received her doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan and taught for several years at Columbia College, Chicago. Recently, she briefed U.N. delegates in Geneva on breast milk contamination. She is currently on the faculty at Cornell University.

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raisingfrolic, October 12, 2006 (view all comments by raisingfrolic)
This is an amazing book. I am on a personal mission to get all my female friends to read this book, then move on to members of Congress, state regulators and even producers of persistent toxic chemicals.

This is not a "woman's" book, this is a book for EVERYONE. A friend told me that the title and cover would not have caused her to pick it up, but now that she's read it, she's recommending it to everyone she knows as well.

Read this book if you care about the future of the human race!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425189993
Author:
Steingraber, Sandra
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Location:
New York
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Breastfeeding
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Subject:
Pregnancy
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Environmental toxicology
Subject:
Developmental toxicology.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no 11
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.04x5.98x.92 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425189993 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I'm amazed that I read Having Faith at all, given that I didn't like the cover or the title. It is a testament to the book's greatness that my prejudices fell by the wayside as soon as I started reading. Sandra Steingraber, ecologist and mother, effortlessly weaves memoir, science, and history with elegance and clarity. Fascinating details about the workings of the body and harrowing stories of preventable epidemics mingle with her personal experiences of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

"Review" by , "Like a cross between Rachel Carson and Oliver Sacks, Steingraber writes science as though it is poetry and prose that combines storytelling and a call to action...as powerfully relevant to men as to women, as accessible to science dolts like me as it is persuasive to the more informed." Toronto Star.
"Review" by , "Intelligent, thoughtful and beautifully written, Steingraber's book...deserves to be called a classic."
"Review" by , "Very well written...a persuasive call to action."
"Review" by , "Lyrical....Read it to find out why [Steingraber] is being called the next Rachel Carson."
"Review" by , "With the ear of a poet...Steingraber weaves the personal and the political in a startingly fresh, wholly convincing way."
"Synopsis" by , Using her scientist's eye to study the biological drama of new life being knit from the molecules of air, food, and water flowing into her body, the author of Living Downstream looks at the environmental hazards that now threaten pregnant and breastfeeding women, and examines the effects these toxins can have on a child.
"Synopsis" by ,

As an ecologist, Sandra Steingraber spent her professional life observing how living things interact with their environments.  Now, 38 and pregnant, she had become a habitat—for a population of one.

Having Faith is Steingraber's exploration of the intimate ecology of motherhood. Using her scientist's eye to study the biological drama of new life being knit from the molecules of air, food, and water flowing into her body, she looks at the environmental hazards that now threaten pregnant and breastfeeding women, and examines the effects these toxins can have on a child. Having Faith makes the metamorphosis of a few cells into a baby astonishingly vivid, and the dangers to human reproduction urgently real. 

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