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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sandra Steingraber  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1959 in Tazewell County, Illinois,

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Illinois Connection

Sandra Steingraber was adopted as an infant. Steingraber grew up and spent most of her childhood in Tazewell County, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environment links to cancer and human health. In her 20s, Steingraber developed bladder cancer. She was not alone; in several of her books, she describes an apparent cancer cluster in her hometown and within her family.After her cancer went into remission, Steingraber completed her undergraduate degree in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University.She worked for several years as a field researcher, eventually earning her doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan. Steingraber also holds a master's degree in English from Illinois State University. Steingraber was formerly on faculty at Cornell University, she is currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies at Ithaca College, located in Ithaca, New York.

Published Works

  • Post-Diagnosis , Firebrand Books, 1995
  • Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment , Vintage, 1998
  • Having Faith, Da Capo Press , 2001
  • Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, Da Capo Press, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

Post-diagnosis /
ISBN: 1563410583. OCLC Number:

Firebrand Books,. Ithaca, N.Y. :. ©1995.

Living downstream :
ISBN: 0375700994. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. ©1998.

In her early twenties, Sandra Steingraber was afflicted with cancer, a disease that has afflicted other members of her adoptive family. Writing from the twin perspectives of a survivor and a concerned scientist, she traces the high incidence of cancer and the terrifying concentrations of environmental toxins in her native rural Illinois. She goes on to show similar correlation in other communities, such as Boston and Long Island, and throughout the United States, where cancer rates have risen alarmingly since mid-century. At once a deeply moving personal document and a groundbreaking work of scientific detection, Living downstream will be a touchstone for generations, reminding us of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the integrity of our air, land, and water.

Having faith :
ISBN: 0738204676. OCLC Number:

Perseus Pub.,. Cambridge, Mass. :. ©2001.

A respected biologist explores the intimate ecology of motherhood as she experiences her own pregnancy and childbirth interweaving new information on embryonic organs, the architecture of the human brain, the transformation of the mother's body, and environmental hazards that threaten infant development.

Raising Elijah :
ISBN: 0738213993. OCLC Number:

Da Capo Press,. [Cambridge, MA] :. 2011.

Explores the social, political, and ecological forces behind key things and moments in every kid's childhood, arguing that parents should consider environmental issues an integral part of family life.

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