Elizabeth Royte is the author of Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It. Her previous books, Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash and The Tapir's Morning Bath, were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, National Geographic, The New York Times Book Review, Outside, Smithsonian, and other national magazines. A former Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and a recipient of Bard College's John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service, Royte lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter.