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Bloomsbury Academic
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4.8 X 6.2 X 1.3 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica Leigh Hester is a science journalist. She has worked as a senior editor and staff writer at Atlas Obscura and an editor at CityLab, where she covered the environment and urban infrastructure. Her work has also appeared in the The Atlantic, New Yorker, New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and Baltimore, where she is also a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University and always trawling for stories about ecology and trash


"Get ready to dive into the wondrous underworld of waste. . . . It's perfect for the fatberg fan in your life." --Mental Floss

"Hester peels off the layers of discomfort of the sewer, and brings readers to a full understanding of the function, history, and future of sewers, and how climate change needs to be factored in to how sewers operate. . . . This is an easy to read, approachable book, written in a captivating style." --Viewpoint Vancouver

"Jessica Leigh Hester drops feet-first into a Hadean underworld of tunnels and drains, bacteria and geology. Sewer proves that some of our most consequential urban achievements are seldom seen-and rarely so well illuminated. Come for the fatbergs, stay for Hester's lucid history of architecture and engineering, public health and political ambition." --Geoff Manaugh, New York Times-bestselling author of A Burglar's Guide to the City

"Sewer gives you that magical feeling of peeking behind the curtain-or should I say, under the manhole-into a hidden world. Let Jessica Leigh Hester be your guide to fatbergs, sea snot, and all the things we might think we don't want to ponder, but which nevertheless become enchanting in her winsome prose." --Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic