Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

Winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism

Winner of the National Academies Science Book Award

Winner of the SEJ Rachel Carson Environment Book Award

Now a New York Times bestseller


Read the Times’ rave review of Toms River. And check out the paperback edition, featuring a new afterword by Dan.


The story of a small town engulfed by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, deep historical research and unforgettable characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.


Watch and hear Dan’s talks and media appearances, and see where he’ll be next.


Feb. 3, 2017: Story in the Public Square

Dan talks about denialism, Toms River and the future of science journalism on public broadcasting’s “Story in the Public Square”.

April 29, 2016: New York Times

Should a huge mine reopen in the middle of the world’s most important monarch butterfly reserve? In an op-ed in the New York Times, Dan explores the dilemma facing the luckless, poverty-stricken Mexican town of Angangueo. It’s part of the research for his next book.

Feb. 14, 2016: New York Times

Almost three years after its initial publication, Toms River is now a New York Times bestseller, ranking seventh on the ebook nonfiction list and twentieth on the combined nonfiction list.

December, 2015: Beijing News, China Times

Two major newspapers, one in China and one in Taiwan, have each just named Toms River a ‘Book of the Year’ for 2015. The awards came from the Beijing News and the China Times. Two Chinese-language editions of Toms River, one for mainland China and the other for overseas Chinese, were published earlier in 2015.

May 28, 2015: The World Science Festival

Dan speaks about Toms River and the power of science-based storytelling at the “Science and Story” panel of the World Science Festival.