Award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell confronts cancer myths in this powerful and personal book, as she recounts her family’s experiences with the disease. When her beloved brother-in-law John is diagnosed with malignant melanoma, Mitchell throws herself into the latest clinical research, providing us with a clear description of what scientists know of cancer and its treatments. When John enters the world of alternative treatments, Mitchell does, too, looking for the science in untested waters. She comes face to face with the misconceptions we share about cancer, which are rooted in blame and anxiety, and opens the door to new ways of looking at our most-feared illness.
Beautifully written, at once deeply personal and rigorous, Malignant Metaphor is a compassionate and persuasive book that has the power to change the conversation about cancer.
A Note From the Publisher
"Mitchell takes readers on a maritime journey to learn about the effects of higher temperatures, salinity, acidity, and volume on marine animals and plants. The author travels to the Great Barrier Reef, the Gulf of Mexico, China, and Spain, among other places, interviews scientists, goes on marine research vessels and a diving expedition, describes the current destruction of coral reefs and declining fish populations, and explains why we should care....[Seasick] presents a strong case for urgency in solving the problem of global warming."—Library Journal
“An engaging work, Sea Sick clearly and eloquently explains the specific dangers facing global marine ecosystems. Mitchell faced
her own demons to craft a story that showcases marine science—and scientists—in a balanced, accurate, and poetic fashion. We
are proud to award Alanna Mitchell the 2010 Grantham Prize.” —Sunshine Menezes, executive director of Metcalf Institute and
Grantham Prize administrator
“A riveting book of revelations about Earth’s largest and most important habitat.” —Tim Flannery, author of The Weathermakers
- While Mitchell is an award-winning science writer, this is a deeply personal story. Mitchell sheds light on the commonly held idea that getting cancer is inescapable, or that lifestyle changes will prevent cancer, through a personal frame of reference.
- Malignant Metaphor received praise in Publishers Weekly and The Globe and Mail, as well as a silver 2016 IPPY award. In 2010, Mitchell received the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment for Seasick. She is the first book author to win the Grantham Prize, and the first Canadian.
- Previously published in hardcover, the book has fresh cover art for the paperback edition.