More great news . . . In addition to the NYTimes Notable Books of the 2018, What the Eyes Don’t See has been named a “Best Book of the Year” by NPR’s Science Friday. Here’s a nice round-up of praise from 2018 reviews:
“Intimate and subjective…Hanna-Attisha’s quest is full of drama and suspense…She’s a breezy, charismatic raconteur prone to feisty character descriptions…crusading figures from public health lore, turn the book into a condemnation of groupthink and a clarion call to live a life of purpose.”
— The Washington Post
“Amid the crisis that unfolded after the water switch,heroes emerged. WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE is a thoughtful, at times blistering meditation…weaving her own family story through the book…Hanna-Attisha sheds new light.”
“In her gripping memoir…She is disarmingly modestabout her role…Hanna-Attisha is a chatty and entertaining narrator…Her book has power precisely because she takes the events she recounts so personally…A great virtue of her book is the moral outrage present on every page.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Personal and emotional, she vividly describes the effects of lead-poisoning on her young patients…She is at her best when recounting the detective work she undertook after a tip-off about lead levels from a friend…‛Flint will not be defined by crisis,’ vows Ms Hanna-Attisha.”
“A stirring and personal account…For all her doggedness, Hanna-Attisha is a goofy, appealing,very human narrator…Hers is the book I’d recommend to those coming to the issue for the first time; the crisis becomes personalized through the stories of her patients and their parents.”
—Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
“Mona Hanna-Attisha’s account of that urban man-made disaster reads both as a detective story and as an exposé of government corruption… Her book’s message is that we each have the power to fix things,to make the world safer by opening one another’s eyes to problems. Her book reinforced my belief that the first step to becoming a citizen activist is seeing the world as it should be, not as it is given to you.”
—The Seattle Times
“Essential for all readers who care about children, health, and the environment. This should be required reading for public servants as an incisive cautionary tale, and for pediatricians and youth advocates as a story of heroism in the ranks of people who have the capacity to make a difference.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“The Iraqi American pediatrician who helped expose the Flint water crisis lays bare the bureaucratic bunk and flat-out injustice at the heart of the environmental disgrace—revealing, with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller, “the story of a government poisoning its own citizens, and then lying about it.”
—O Mag, Summer Book Guide
Thrilled to see Mona Hanna-Attisha’s WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018.
Every time I take on a new collaboration project and help somebody tell their story, it’s like entering a new universe. The learning curve is usually steep and invigorating, like taking a tough hike up a mountain. I learned so much working on WTEDS with Mona — about the Flint Water Crisis, lead, pediatrics, public health, environmental injustice, the DC Water Crisis — ever hear about that? — and Mona’s amazing Iraqi family, the Hanna’s, and their long history of social activism.
The book turned out well, thanks to Mona’s dedication, hard work and fantastic storytelling chops, and the brilliant help of its editor, Christopher Jackson at One World, who cared as much as we did and gave us fantastic guidance, ideas and inspiration.
Mona signing books . . .