Read about how the chemicals we use influence evolution and the consequences for humans and the environment

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“WOW! This deceptively slender book packs a helluva powerful punch….Unnatural Selection is an engaging and eye-opening book that is essential reading for everyone?city dwellers and country folk alike?who lives on planet Earth….Like reading a dystopian novel, this book will capture your imagination and keep you awake into the wee hours. But unlike a dystopian novel, the author actually proposes evolutionarily-sound strategies for what we can do to stop the damage before it becomes lasting.” The Guardian’s GrrlScientist blog

“…a stealth lesson in basic biology, just the book to give to a friend or family member who thinks that evolution has little to do with day-to-day practicalities.” Los Angeles Review of Books

“…disturbing but fascinating…bright, clear, and accessible prose…A concise book with a powerful message.” Booklist

How life evolved in response to toxic chemicals and what that means for the study of toxicology

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“Exceedingly detailed and thoroughly researched treatise? Monosson’s prose is necessarily complex as she gives her subject its scientific due, but for those who seek a thorough understanding of this timely issue, she offers a text solidly grounded in both history and contemporary analysis. Patient readers will be well rewarded.” Booklist

“This book really made me love evolutionary biology” Toxicology Student Association blog

“This book is utterly fascinating, covering all sorts of toxins from the beginning of life on Earth, and continuing through modern times and predicting what the future may hold.” The Guardian GrrlScientist blog

Essays about science and life by thirty-four scientist moms (and a couple of prospective science moms!)


“Women trying to squeeze a career and family duties into one 24-hour day will gain much affirmation from this collection of essays. The writers, who all balance science careers and motherhood, provide a fascinating insight into a world too often kept hidden. For those without children it should come with a health warning: the juggling and compromises these women have learned to live with may add up to a sobering reality check for those who still think they can have it all. For some it may prove a powerful contraceptive.” New Scientist, June 2008
 “In these heartrending essays, women who are well-trained and well-situated in science detail the compromises they have made in order to raise children and be scientists. . . . The women who succeed—and there are many in this volume—are those whose partners take an equal share of the responsibility for raising a family and making the household function.” American Scientist