Sunday, February 16, 2014

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

By Eric Schlosser

Well, it's about time I read this book! I have heard about it a lot, but never bothered to read it. Actually, that is not true, I flipped through the Amazon "Look Inside" version of it. And it made me really want to rid it. However, it took a while till I finally got my hands on it. So I finally did it! I finished it. It was very interesting, and loaded with information. Many times I thought that this information is outdated. But not in a good way, as Schlosser wished. Instead, all the bad things that he described just got worse. Obesity rate is ridiculously higher than it was 10 years ago. The minimum wage did not increase, but decreased in value. Meatpacking workers are still suffering avoidable injuries, and everything is going one way, which is the wrong way. People really need to wake up and stand up for their right to work, eat, and sleep in a healthy way. This might bring less money to the people who are already at the top, but that's okay. [276 pp., not including notes and index]

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Sunday, February 9, 2014


By Percival Everett

I figured this is a book by the author of I am Not Sidney Poitier, which I really liked, even though this book was not on the list of books at the beginning of this one. Well, that's because this book was published 4 years before the Not Sidney came out. This is something that is hard to tell by the cover. Anyway, this book was different. Less comical. It actually reminded me of The Tortilla Curtain in some ways, though it wasn't as bad (in terms of horrible things happening to characters). It was a good read. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the subtle jokes amidst the seriousness of bigotry and hate crimes. [207 pp.]

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