I am a writer who returned home to Brooklyn in 2012 after living in Hong Kong for a few years.
In more than twenty years as a journalist, I’ve covered everything from Princess Diana to lead poisoning, but these days I am primarily a science writer. Watch for my upcoming stories in Scientific American Mind and Parents. I was formerly a Newsweek reporter and a bureau chief for People. My articles have appeared in Newsweek, People, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, New York, Health and many other publications.
My first book, Toxic Truth: A Scientist, A Doctor, and the Battle Over Lead (Beacon Press, 2009) told the story of two men who did seminal research on the hazards of lead and risked their careers to get lead removed from our walls, our gas tanks, and the food cans on our shelves. Newsweek’s Sharon Begley called it “riveting” and “fascinating,” so if you haven’t already read it, buy a copy today.
My next book, I Can Hear You Whisper (Dutton) is part memoir and part science. Recounting my deaf son’s journey to acquire language, it weaves together tales from the centuries-long quest to build the cochlear implant and the new science of neuro- education. Ultimately, the book explores all that is known about the exquisite relationship between sound and the brain.
I also contributed an essay to an anthology on work/life balance (and what mother or parent for that matter doesn't struggle with that these days?). It's called Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & Modern Motherhood. You can read my essay here.