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Raising Elijah by Sandra Steingraber
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Jan 29, 2012

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One of the most appealing aspects of Raising Elijah is the window Steingraber provides into her own experience of motherhood. In each chapter, she uses an anecdote from her family's life to illustrate an element of the environmental crisis. The arsenic-treated play structure at her daughter's nursery school emphasizes how federal chemical policy has failed. Her son's asthma brings the issue of air pollution uncomfortably close to home. The family's course of rabies shots after a bat is discovered in the children's bedroom demonstrates how the precautionary principle can and should work. Readers not immediately interested in science or environmental issues will be drawn in, and possibly converted, by Steingraber's honest and intimate stories.

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