Select a non-fiction book on a current issue to read by November 12. This will form the foundation for a documented essay. Select a topic that interests you and for which you will read one book and several articles. You may start by selecting a topic – there is an extensive list on the class website – and then finding a book on that topic, or you may select one of the suggested books. Possible titles include: Health, environmental sustainability & National food polities/laws The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Omnivore's Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan (2007) In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, Michael Pollan Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Eric Schlosser (2001) Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food, Eric Schlosser & Charles Wilson, 2006 Twinkie, Deconstructed : My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined, and Manipulated into What America Eats by Steve Ettlinger (2007) Environment, Global Warming, Sustainability Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, Al Gore (2009) The Weather Makers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth, Tim F. Flannery The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, Thomas L. Friedman (2007) The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters, Rose George Boiling Point How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Have Fueled the Climate Crisis - And What We Can Do to Avert Disaster, Ross Gelbspan (2005) The Weather Makers, Time Flannery Lost Mountain, A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation Of Appalachia, Eric Reece (2007) Working and Poor Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich Growing Up Empty: The Hunger Epidemic in America, Loretta Schwartz-Nobel, 2002 Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, Barbara Ehrenreich, 2005 Education – Policy & Equality The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need--and What We Can Do about It, Tony Wagner (2010) City Schools and the American Dream, Pedro Noguera, 2003 College Unranked: Affirming Educational Values in College Admissions, Lloyd Thacker (2004) Immigration Policy Enrique’s Journey, Sonia Nazario The Devil’s Highway: A True Story, Luis Alberto Urrea The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter The American Community, Mary Bray Pipher Marketing, Consumerism, Modern Society Branded Nation: The Marketing of Megachurch, College Inc., and Museumworld, James B. Twitchell (2004) Born to Buy, Juliet B. Schor, 2004 Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, Mary Bray Pipher Damned Lies and Statistics, Joel Best The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr Medical Care, Drug Policies Overdosed America, John Abramson Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, Tracy Kidder, 2004 Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America, William H. Colby American Foreign Policy Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke (2004) Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson & Relin, 2007 Terror in the Name of God, Jessica Stern U.S. Business Policies The Wal-Mart Effect, Charles Fishman, 2006 U.S. Politics, Two-Party System, Financial Policies Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, Christopher Hayes The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision-Making, Al Gore (2007) Voice of Reason: Why the Left and Right Are Wrong, Ronn Owens, 1989 Denialism, Michael Specter Prison System Dispatches from Juvenile Hall Fixing a Failing System, John Aarons, Lisa Smith, Linda Wagner, 2009 Getting Away With Murder, Raoul Felder & Barbara Victor You may choose other titles, to be approved by Ms. Lockwood.
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