Picks and Pans Review: Lake Effect

updated 09/15/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/15/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Nancy A. Nichols

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While her sister was dying of a rare cancer, journalist Nichols promised to write about whether the pollution of Lake Michigan, near their childhood home, was responsible. While Nichols uncovers "no courtroom-worthy proof," the evidence of massive fish die-offs and increased cancers—including her own—seems to indicate a link. Her book is a chilling indictment of how government and big business prized profits over health—and a moving tale of one woman's struggle to understand why.

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