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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy A. Nichols Narrator: Tracy Pfau Publisher: Caravan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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. 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 sister's death.

While researching Sue'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 questioning by government as well as individuals that could save other lives. Lake Effect challenges us to ask why. It is the fulfillment of a sister's promise. And it is a call to stop the pollution that is endangering the health of all our families.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica Wolf-Golbach | 3/27/2012

    " Very interesting and disturbing for those of us who grew up in or near Waukegan, Illinois. The book is very well written, alternating between anecdotal and technical information to keep the pace up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paula Riddle | 8/4/2011

    " I grew up in Waukegan, IL, and swam in Lake Michigan as a child. This is the story about the pollution companies like Johnson Motors did. The waters have not been safe to swim in for a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann | 4/2/2011

    " A truly frightening book about what happens when you grow up next to land that is designated a Super Fund Clean up site. I especially enjoyed the chapter that talks about how difficult it is to prove a connection between cancer and pollution in a court of law. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/5/2011

    " Very interesting and disturbing for those of us who grew up in or near Waukegan, Illinois. The book is very well written, alternating between anecdotal and technical information to keep the pace up. "

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