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by Susanne Antonetta

Category: Engineering
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Author: Susanne Antonetta
ISBN: 1582432090
ISBN13: 978-1582432090
Language: English
Publisher: Counterpoint; Reprint edition (May 2002)
Pages: 256
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While "Body Toxic" is an environmental memoir, it is debatable whether the accent should be placed on the term environmental, or on the term toxic.

While "Body Toxic" is an environmental memoir, it is debatable whether the accent should be placed on the term environmental, or on the term toxic. In all probability it should be toxic, because that term is more apropos to the disfunctional maternal side of the family whose emotional problems, while apparently exacerbated by the environmental conditions Antonetta describes, predate them.

While "Body Toxic" is an environmental memoir, it is debatable whether the accent should be placed on the term . Susanne Antonetta examines the environmental and political issues of radioactive waste, nuclear reactors and chemically poisoned water supplies, blended with excerpts from her memoirs as a child, growing up in New Jersey in the 1950's when silence and family secrets were sacrosanct. Spending extraordinary summers as a child in a bungalow built by her grandfather, facing the small inlet of Barnegat Bay

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She shows us how difficult it is to accept an unofficial truth. The Body Toxic is a thoughtful and obsessively readable contribution to environmental ethics

The body toxic: an environmental memoir. Counterpoint, 2001 Ethics & the Environment . (2002) 194-196 Memoirs rely on the power of recollection to reproduce the inward texture of experience. Autobiographies cast their authors as historians of the self, combing through documents and old letters, checking facts. She shows us how difficult it is to accept an unofficial truth. The Body Toxic is a thoughtful and obsessively readable contribution to environmental ethics. Antonetta tells us of childhood exposure to toxic wastes in a penurious and neglected corner of Barnegat Bay.

Susanne Antonetta is the pen name of Suzanne Paola (born 1956, in Georgia), an American poet and author who is most widely known for her book Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir (. ISBN 1-58243-116-7)

Susanne Antonetta is the pen name of Suzanne Paola (born 1956, in Georgia), an American poet and author who is most widely known for her book Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir (. ISBN 1-58243-116-7). In 2001, Body Toxic received recognition as a 'Notable Book' from the New York Times. An excerpt of "Body Toxic" was published as a stand-alone essay which was recognized as a 'Notable Essay' in the 1998 Best American Essays 1998 anthology.

Description: Susanne Antonetta writes with a poet's precision about the almost unspeakable series of ills that . Clarity is among the principal virtues of Antonetta's unusual work, aptly subtitled An Environmental Memoir.

Description: Susanne Antonetta writes with a poet's precision about the almost unspeakable series of ills that have assaulted her body: cysts on her ovaries, a divided uterus, endometriosis, rampant thyroid tumors, a quadruplet pregnancy (no fertility drugs involved) that ended in miscarriage, and manic-depressive illness treated with the wrong drugs until she was in her 30.

The Superfund Gothic: Suzanne Antonetta's 'Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir'.

Body Toxic is an environmental memoir-merging the personal and familial with the political and environmental. Intensely intimate and starkly contemporary, it is a story of bravery and resignation, of great hope and great loss. This beautifully composed book presents American families in the midst of the wreckage of the American dream.

Susanne Antonetta is the pen name for Suzanne Paola, who is perhaps best known as the author of Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir (ISBN 1 58243 116 7). In 2001, Body Toxic received. In 2001, Body Toxic receive. Susanne Antonetta (born 1956, in Georgia), is an American poet and author. Susanne Antonetta is the pen name for Suzanne Paola, who is perhaps best known as the author of "Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir" (ISBN 1-58243-116-7). com's list of top ten memoirs that year.

BODY TOXIC: An Environmental Memoir, by Susanne Antonetta. The author, a book critic for The New York Times, follows the footsteps of Hsuan Tsang, a seventh-century Chinese monk whose odyssey spanned 10,000 miles and 17 years.

Two immigrant families drawn together from wildly different parts of the world, Italy on one side and Barbados on the other, pursued their vision of the American dream by building a summer escape in the boglands of New Jersey, where the rural and industrial collide. They picked gooseberries on hot afternoons and spent lazy days rowing dinghies down creeks. But the gooseberry patch was near a nuclear power plant that released record levels of radiation, and the creeks were invisibly ruined by illegally dumped toxic waste. One by one, family members found their bodies mirroring the compromised landscape of the Barrens: infertile and damaged by inexplicable growths. Soon the area parents were being asked to donate their children's baby teeth to be tested for radiation.
Comments to eBook Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir
Cells
While this is an interesting read, I can't help but question the validity of the "facts" presented throughout. In a couple instances, Antonetta proves a point using unproven or downright false facts, as in the case of "chemical memory" in planarians who are able to complete a maze faster after being fed the bodies of their compatriots. (A simple search in wikipedia will show you this is not true: [...])

However, these inconsistancies bothered me much less than they should have, since the book reads more like fiction than journalism anyway. I often forgot that this was a nonfiction book while I was reading. Antonetta rambles and mixes autobiography and opinions in with her facts, but her lyrical style would make anything hard to put down. This book is certainly worth reading, if only because the style is so unlike anything else that's out there. I just recommend taking her conclusions with a grain of salt.
Abywis
While this book does have solid language, the argument is flawed from the get go. Blaming your entire health crisis on one specific event doesn't become that plausible when you consider that the author had a lot of drug exposure and many other things! It is written in a way where it's easy to understand, but the credibility kills it. The overall point is valid though. We harm the environment that ends up harming us back. I think it's better as a warning than a memoir. I wouldn't say everyone should read it or go around recommending it but if you're going on a long plane ride and you're bored out of your if it happens to be there than go for it! I wouldn't pay full price or re-read it though.
Phenade
A scathing indictment of industry having no concern for their toxic runoff and the havoc it causes to the people affected .
Written beautifully by a poet.
Ariurin
While "Body Toxic" is an environmental memoir, it is debatable whether the accent should be placed on the term environmental, or on the term toxic. In all probability it should be toxic, because that term is more apropos to the disfunctional maternal side of the family whose emotional problems, while apparently exacerbated by the environmental conditions Antonetta describes, predate them.
As the book starts, it is reminiscent of "A Civil Action", and reader becomes caught up in the environmental devastation of what was a seemingly benign seaside vacation retreat. However, the work deftly becomes more of a family memoir, periodically interwoven with descriptions of the environmental devastation of Ocean County New Jersey which, ironically her mother's family refused to recognize, just as they suppressed acknowledging their family's many aberrant behaviors and personalities.
While perhaps a trite comparison, the family reminiscences are reminiscent of the writing of Jamaica Kincaid in terms of the cadence, and occasions of repetition. Perhaps this is no coincidence since Antonetta focuses on the family's Afro-Carribean roots (or perhaps I subconsciously looked for such a similarity).
This is an important, beautifly written, and bittersweet work. I highly recommend it.
Alsanadar
This book reads like poetry. The author tries to understand herself and her history from the outside in, as the collaboration of environment, family and genetics on who she is as a woman.

She talks about the toxins in the environment and how her living nearby many of them of them are possible reasons for some serious health and emotional issues she now struggles with. She also examines the toxins that can come from family and surroundings - the ones that cause stress, shame, secrecy and silence. These are often discussed in memoirs but she combines the physical and emotional toxins together to try and make sense of her life.

She takes the memoir to a new genre, one that reaches for the outside in order to understand what has occurred on the inside. She tries to understand herself and her make-up based on the elements at work on her life during her developmental years. I could not put this book down.
Adaly
While I was reading "Body Toxic", I had a nagging recollection of another book and finally remembered John McPhee's book, "Pine Barrens" which was written in the 60's. Read side by side, there would be a great difference in the two accounts of a now ravaged area.
I am not a reader of poetry and maybe that is why I found the prose of this book somewhat difficult to follow. I didn't like the flow of words. The words themselves however were another matter.
"People fought with violence: airplanes,sprays, chemicals. They recruited with zeal. One of the recruitments was the Baby Boom, which my brother and my cousins and I belonged to, the plume of babies that followed the soldiers back from the second world war as if we'd been flushed from their wounds. American men had gone ouerseas and lost limbs and seem themselves die and come back filled with a desire to make new humans. For each of us boom children a soldier lay dead on a battlefield on another continent, and we corrected with our fat and harmless flesh what had been done to their bodies. We are all substitutions."
I finished this book wondering about Susanne Antonetta's health now. I am worried about her and about all of us.
Beazezius
This memoir read like poetry and narrative. I was especially enthralled by the author's attempt to 'read her body like a novel', to understand herself from beginning to end, from inside to out, and then back again. She explores the impact of environment, genetics and family dynamics on self. She shows the classic outcome of shame, secrecy and silence as they collude to prevent one from learning about their history in context to their familily of origin, over time, and in relationship to the environment. This is truly a new genre by a writer who is gifted in insight and narrative and has great courage in exploring herself and sharing her insight with the reader. Thank you, Ms. Antonetta
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