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Mary Beth Pfeiffer

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Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change, has been an award-winning investigative journalist for three decades. A reporter who has specialized in social justice, environmental and health issues, she is also author of Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill. The book is a critically acclaimed look at treatment of the mentally ill in prisons and jails in the United States.Pfeiffer is married to Dr. Robert Miraldi, whom she met when both were reporters at the Staten Island Advance. Miraldi, a Fulbright scholar and journalism professor, is author of Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist. They have two children, four grandchildren and a Shih Tzu named Bushwick.