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“Informed, utterly blindsiding account.”
“This is a lucid, distressing look at a growing environmental concern.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Journalist Matt Simon’s urgent new book A Poison Like No Other: How Microplastics Corrupted Our Planet and Our Bodies
is classified as environmental science but could comfortably be labeled as horror… densely reported; nearly every sentence is a harrowing, footnoted stat... isn’t necessarily a fun read. But it is unforgettable.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
"An urgent call to action aimed at curbing the introduction of microplastics into the environment."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Essential...shocking...Reading this book will fundamentally change your own relationship with plastic."
— Lloyd Alter
"Looks at how [plastics] all went wrong...It’s an important book but a hard one to read..."
— Washington Independent Review of Books
"An authoritative, unflinching account of how plastics built the modern world, then contaminated every corner of it. Simon is a sharp guide to the science of this slow-moving, often invisible catastrophe, the consequences of which are only just now beginning to be understood. This book disturbs, provokes, and delights. It is an urgent read."
— Megan Molteni, science writer, STAT
"Fascinating dive into a ubiquitous but under-the-radar pollutant. This book will change how you look at everything: your baby’s toys, your favorite pants, and climate change policy. Throughout, Simon's jaunty writing will keep a wry smile on your face."
— Danielle Venton, science reporter, KQED
"Keeping up with the new science on microplastics is a full-time job for specialists. Thank goodness for Simon, who helps the rest of us understand the state of the science and what’s at stake. This is a growing problem, and this book is a timely snapshot taken at a critical moment in the history of plastic pollution."
— Rebecca Altman, PhD, writer and environmental sociologist