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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Susan Freinkel  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: in Evanston, Illinois

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Susan was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She now resides in San Francisco, California.

Biographical and Professional Information

A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Freinkel began her career as a reporter at the Wichita Eagle-Beacon in Wichita, Kansas. She soon became one of the paper’s lead project writers, working on series that explored such diverse issues as: AIDS in the heartland, the precarious state of rural hospitals, the brain drain from Kansas, the changing nature of families.


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Titles At Your Library

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
ISBN: 054715240X

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2011

Plastic built the modern world. Where would we be without bike helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? But a century into our love affair with plastic, we’re starting to realize it’s not such a healthy relationship. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. As journalist Susan Freinkel points out in this engaging and eye-opening book, we’re nearing a crisis point. We’ve produced as much plastic in the past decade as we did in the entire twentieth century. We’re drowning in the stuff, and we need to start making some hard choices.



Freinkel gives us the tools we need with a blend of lively anecdotes and analysis. She combs through scientific studies and economic data, reporting from China and across the United States to assess the real impact of plastic on our lives. She tells her story through eight familiar plastic objects: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. Her conclusion: we cannot stay on our plastic-paved path. And we don’t have to. Plastic points the way toward a new creative partnership with the material we love to hate but can’t seem to live without.