A New Book About Lead In Consumer Goods

I’m so excited to share that I will be self-publishing my very first book thanks to the 72 friends who supported the project for the book on Kickstarter!

The title of the book is “I Make Women Cry & Throw Out Their Shit” and per the Kickstarter project description, the book will be: “A high quality coffee table photo book showing the levels of environmental toxicants in every day things with stunning colorful images.”

At the close of the Kickstarter project the costs to cover the initial limited edition printing of the first edition of this irreverent, fun-yet-informative book was 119% funded!!!!!

The intention of the book itself is that it will serve as a tool for families with lead poisoned children (and others with concerns for the presence of environmental toxicants in their homes and daily life) to start a discussion with friends and family about the issue of environmental toxicity (in general) and childhood lead poisoning (specifically.). By creating something that is colorful and beautiful, with a touch of humor – yet featuring images of nostalgic objects, the book will be an easy conversation starter.  All toxicant levels reported in the book will be in the form of XRF readings done by an operator trained and certified in using the instrument. The book will probably also be a lot of fun for kids to share with their science classes! (For those concerned about profanity, I’m offering two versions of the book – either with or without the word “shit” on the cover.)

Via Kickstarter, $2,991 was raised from 72 friends. If I can reach a “stretch goal” of pre-selling enough books to raise $5,000 (just $2,009 more!), I will get one extra book printed for each book that is pre-ordered and those additional books will each be gifted to a low-income family with lead poisoned children.

Now that the Kickstarter project has ended, you can pre-purchase your copy directly here (below.)  The (ambitious) goal is to have all of the items to be photographed procured by mid-to-late-July, to have these items tested (using an XRF instrument) the week following July 22nd and to have them photographed in the following week, with the layout and text finalized by the second or third week in August and the first printing completed and shipped by August 31st.

Here are the stats on the Kickstarter rewards that were pre-ordered:

  • Paper Back Pocket Version of the Book: 4
  • Hard Cover Book – Regular Cover: 32
  • Hard Cover Book – Censored Cover: 13
  • Hard Cover Book – with “Special Thanks” listing: 10
  • Two Books + a T-shirt: 6
  • Personal Tribute Note On A Page (plus 2 books + T-shirt!): 1
  • Postcard collection featuring 10 different full color images from the book in postcard format: 2

Total Books Pre-Ordered Through Kickstarter: 73!

Please note that the images featured in the promotional photos of the prototype book here, on Facebook and for the Kickstarter projects are sample images and not the final images that will be used in the book.

To pre-purchase your own copy of the book directly click on either one of the choices below.
Prices below include shipping in the United States.

Hard Cover: $28

Censored Hard Cover: $30

Paper Back Abridged Pocket Version: $18


Post Card Collection: $12

8 Responses to A New Book About Lead In Consumer Goods

  1. Tamara July 2, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    I welcome any tips for best self-publishing resources/ companies! Thank you.

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