Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

The MacArthur grant–winning “Erin Brockovich of Sewage” tells the riveting story of the environmental justice movement that is firing up rural America, with a foreword by the renowned author of Just Mercy

MacArthur “genius” Catherine Coleman Flowers grew up in Lowndes County, Alabama, a place that's been called “Bloody Lowndes” because of its violent, racist history. Once the epicenter of the voting rights struggle, today it's Ground Zero for a new movement that is Flowers's life's work. It's a fight to ensure human dignity through a right most Americans take for granted: basic sanitation. Too many people, especially the rural poor, lack an affordable means of disposing cleanly of the waste from their toilets, and, as a consequence, live amid filth.

Flowers calls this America's dirty secret. In this powerful book she tells the story of systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudice that foster Third World conditions, not just in Alabama, but across America, in Appalachia, Central California, coastal Florida, Alaska, the urban Midwest, and on Native American reservations in the West.

Flowers's book is the inspiring story of the evolution of an activist, from country girl to student civil rights organizer to environmental justice champion at Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative. It shows how sanitation is becoming too big a problem to ignore as climate change brings sewage to more backyards, and not only those of poor minorities.

Title:Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret
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  • Beata

    The dirty secret of which I was unaware, that is thousands of households with no proper sanitation across The South, was a total surprise to me, hence, this book opened my eyes to America I never knew...

  • Danna

    I was disappointed in Waste. The initial chapter grabbed me: I couldn't wait to learn more about what Catherine Coleman Flowers describes as America's dirty secret--that there are thousands of citizen...

  • Tina Cardone

    This is an eye opening book on how the intersection of poverty and racism result in terrible living conditions in Alabama. This book is fascinating on multiple levels. First the details of the issue i...

  • Briayna Cuffie

    Disclaimer: I received this as an eARC free of charge from the publisher via NetGalley for a fair review.——————————————————————————————-Whil...

  • Anna

    My review: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/bo......

  • HR-ML

    The late civil rights icon & US Congressman John Lewis said "Get in good trouble, necessary trouble & help redeem the soul of America." Author, Ms Catherine Coleman Flowers, (hereafter CCF), got in pl...

  • Angela H.

    Thank you Netgalley for sharing this book in exchange of honest review. Just as the title, this book is about the activist's fight in raising awareness and finding solution for the neglected people in...

  • Holly Dowell

    WASTE: ONE WOMAN’S FIGHT AGAINST AMERICA’S DIRTY SECRET shares the author’s story of activism from a young age, culminating in her current work as an environmental justice champion with a focus ...

  • Karyl

    When you think of wastewater and sewage contaminating people’s homes and yards, I can guarantee you’d think of a developing nation where the infrastructure doesn’t exist to remove people’s was...

  • Bria

    Waste by Catherine Coleman Flowers is a hard one for me to rate. It is one of those books that the content itself was meaningful and a must read, but the presentation and lack of clear focus made it f...