Plastic: An Autobiography

Plastic: An Autobiography explores how technology, sprung from desire, draws all beings into its net, and asks how to live justly within its grasp.

Literature / Queer StudieseBooks



WINNER of the 2022 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction!

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Weight 1.3 lbs

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In Plastic: An Autobiography, Cobb’s obsession with a large plastic car part leads her to explore the violence of our consume-and-dispose culture, including her own life as a child of Los Alamos, where the first atomic bombs were made. The journey exposes the interconnections among plastic waste, climate change, nuclear technologies, and racism. Using a series of interwoven narratives ― from ancient Phoenicia to Alabama ― the book bears witness to our deepest entanglements and asks how humans continue on this planet.


Plastic is powerful and moving, a deep, personal exploration of the modern world.”

-Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize recipient for The Making of the Atomic Bomb
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ISBN: 9781643620381
Paperback, 352 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in
Publication Date: April 20, 2021

In this elegiac missive from the frontlines of our plastic-filled world, Cobb uses a variety of
narrative forms to convey her deep despair over how plastic has overwhelmed our planet… There is elegance and power in Cobb’s truly unique environmental memoir.

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Allison Cobb is the author of After We All Died (Ahsahta Press); Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press EP series); Born2 (Chax Press); and Green-Wood, originally published by Factory School …

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