Devra Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a scientist, professor, speaker, and acclaimed author. Her first book, When Smoke Ran Like Water, was a National Book Award finalist.
Emily Durante has narrated the Midnight Twins trilogy by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson, and Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypus, and directed the Earphones Award–winning performance of Heavens Keep narrated by Buck Schirner.
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Davis was fired from her first job as a summer camp counselor in New England. Recalls Davis, I had taught the campers marching songs, some of which I had learned from my drill sergeant father, like Dirty Lil and Sound Off and others which were anti-war ditties, such as I Aint a Marching Anymore, and The Cat Came Back. I got canned because the camp director made me out to be someone who would not always fall in line. Who knew? Davis on her family ties: I am very proud of my big-talking, big-walking siblings and my own grand, noisy Langer, Davis, Morgenstern, Tuckfelt, Goldenberg family, where, as in Garrison Keillors famous town, all the children are above average, all the women are strong and all the men are good looking. My daughter Lea just graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in the two things you are not supposed to argue about in polite company — Politics and Religion — and is teaching in a very modern Orthodox Jewish pre-school in Northern California that includes several gay parents. My son, Aaron, is a former United States Marine and is en route to becoming a real chef, so he is both strong and secure. My husband, Richard Morgenstern, regularly traipses around Asia getting governments to reduce their use of filthy, sickening fuels. The entire lot of us likes to work just a bit outside the box. According to Davis, The town I grew up in was famous in the way that Jack the Ripper and the Son of Sam were famous, so of course nobody ever talked about it. Only when I went away to college did I ever hear that a town called Donora had been badly polluted. I was really shocked and believed that there just had to be another Donora somewhere. There was not.