One Book, One College: Garbage Land

We are happy to announce the 2008-2009 One Book, One College selection, Elizabeth Royte’s Garbage Land. You can visit the One Book Web site at

Writer Elizabeth Royte invites us to follow her on a trek into the garbage cans, dumpsters, landfills, sewer plants, and refuse piles of our country. Sift through the piles of dirty diapers, plastic bags, and discarded wrappers and containers that are accumulating under the surface of the earth in our landfills. Royte asks a simple question: What happens to my trash, my recycling, and the stuff I flush down the toilet? Her answers are frightening because her answers are the same answers for each and every American. We are each responsible for creating increasing amounts of garbage that threaten our personal and our planet’s wellbeing.

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