Known around the world for her groundbreaking research on the environmental causes of breast cancer and chronic disease, Devra Davis -- with her 2002 National Book Award-Nominated When Smoke Ran Like Water -- has opened our eyes to the very real pollution epidemic.
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Also Known As:
Devra Lee Davis
Washington, D.C. and Jackson, Wyoming
Date of Birth:
June 7, 1946
Place of Birth:
B.S., M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1967; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1972; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University, 1982
American Cancer Society, Betty Ford Cancer Center Award, 1996
|2002 National Book Award Finalist|
|When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental deception and the battle Against Pollution|
A world-renowned epidemiologist, Davis recalls and reflects upon her lifelong battle against environmental pollution in this groundbreaking work. With a style both fervent and factual, she exposes the toll that this public-health crisis -- the cause of 300,000 deaths a year in the U.S. and Europe -- is taking on our very existence, and warns of the grave danger facing our future if this epidemic continues to be ignored.
|Davis's Favorite Books||Davis's Reading Recommendations|
|Natural Obsessions: Striving to Unlock the Deepest Secrets of the Cancer Cell|
In an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Davis names Natalie Angier as one of her favorite writers, and this watershed book as one of her favorites. Of Angier, Davis raves, "She writes like a dream, with an irreverent sense of humor that I adore."
We asked Davis to tell us about some of her favorite books. She selected Jeffrey Eugenides' Pulitzer-winning novel for her list -- "a fantastic rendering of the mythical experiences of a true hermaphrodite." Read on to learn more about Davis's reading recommendations, including: