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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
A book of narrative essays intermixed with biographical sketches. Collectively, the writings delve deep into what Packer calls "the unwinding" of Amer...more
Jul 29, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
The book is divided up so that each chapter basically represents a sector of our modern life that has been taking over by positive thinking - from med...more
Dec 02, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
Matthew Crawford's treatise on the importance of hands-on work in his life, and the implications of modern society's tendency to separate physical wor...more
Nov 27, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
Salt: A World History
This is an expansive world history through the lens of salt. It begins with ancient China and the process of evaporating seawater and brine for salt,...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America
Spector begins with his family's history in Perth Amboy, New Jersey as owners of a butcher shop, and continues with anecdotes from other longtime smal...more
Nov 26, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Kingsolver and her family embark on a year of eating only local, organic foods. They eat only what they know the source of (in most cases literally kn...more
Feb 2009
Apr 01, 2009
When I Was a Child I Read Books
This is a book of wonderful, expansive essays that delve into Robinson's thoughts on human nature, the importance of the humanities, the role of scien...more
May 19, 2014
Jan 03, 2012
A Fine Balance
Mumbai, India, 1975ish during "The Emergency" (more government, less civil liberty). Four characters - Dina, Ishvar and nephew Om, Maneck, are very di...more
Oct 2008
Apr 01, 2009
Uncommon Carriers
About large modes of transportation (semi trucks, barges, trains, etc…) and the people who operate them on a daily basis

Themes: transportation, econom...more
Aug 2008
Apr 01, 2009
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Tells how food gets to the plate through three avenues - the typical modern economy way (McDonalds), the "organic" movement (Whole Foods meal), huntin...more
Nov 2008
Apr 01, 2009
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