RICK SMITH & BRUCE LOURIE
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
101 S. Main St.
Phthalates, triclosan and bisphenol A (BPA) might sound exotic, but they're all potentially toxic substances found not only in many homes, but also in just about all of our bodies. Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie researched these substances and the industries that produced them. In doing so, they have also exposed themselves to products containing these substances to demonstrate how contact with them translated into measurable blood and urine levels of these dangerous chemicals. Their witty and informative book, Slow Death By Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things (Counterpoint), isn't all bad news. Many of these products can be replaced with cheaper, safer alternatives. "Smith and Lourie have crafted a true guide for the thinking consumer. If readers don't change their ways after reading this one, they never will." – Booklist.