Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbageby Heather Rogers
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Eat a take-out meal, buy a pair of shoes, or read a newspaper, and you’re soon faced with a bewildering amount of garbage. The United States is the planet’s number-one producer of trash. Each American throws out 4.5 pounds daily. But garbage is also a global problem; the Pacific Ocean is today six times more abundant with plastic waste than zooplankton. How did we end up with this much rubbish, and where does it all go? Journalist and filmmaker Heather Rogers answers these questions by taking readers on a grisly, oddly fascinating tour through the underworld of garbage.
Said to "read like a thriller" (Library Journal), Gone Tomorrow excavates the history of rubbish handling from the 1800s to the present, pinpointing the roots of today’s waste-addicted society. With a "lively authorial voice" (New York Press), Rogers draws connections between modern industrial production, consumer culture, and our throwaway lifestyle. She also investigates controversial topics like the politics of recycling and the export of trash to poor countries, while offering a potent argument for change.
"Covers fascinating, stinky terrain." —The New York Times
"Cogent and beautifully written . . a compelling commentary on the state of contemporary society." —David Harvey
"Consistently engaging . . . an intriguing look into an often misunderstood and overlooked industry." —Publishers Weekly
"Out of sight, but, thanks to Heather Rogers, not out of mind. We spend an awful lot of time thinking about getting and spending, and next to none about disposing—this splendidly documented book is just the thing we need." —Bill McKibben
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Meet the Author
Heather Rogers is a journalist and filmmaker. Her documentary film Gone Tomorrow (2002) screened in festivals around the globe. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Utne Reader, Z Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, Punk Planet, and Art and Design. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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This book was engrossing at some parts then at others it completely lost my attention, almost always the parts that included a lot of scientific information. Overall I believe this book to be very informative and I was surprised by all of the facts that were included such as the part where Rogers described how every part of a dead animal before they dispose of it. I never thought the disposal of trash left such an impact as Rogers said until I read his book. The way he described 19th century living conditions made me very glad to have no been born during that time period. I was also very thankful for the people who changed it. This book has changed my whole perspective of trash. I would have never chosen this book to read for fun but I honestly was entertained by it. It’s a story about trashes journey and your amazed to find that sometime it’s not trash in someone else’s eyes, it’s just stuff. I was kind of disgusted to learn how people lived, climbing and going through streets filled with trash to get to their destination. I would have never lived like that. The smell must have been horrible. I was surprised it stayed like that for as long as it did, I would’ve thought that someone would’ve done something to try and clean it sooner. In conclusion I gave this book 3 starts not for the overall book but because it gave the right amount of data to interesting facts and that clues me in that anyone could read this book and be entertained.