January 29, 2020

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Fast Food Nation

By: Eric Schlosser
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12
The New York Times bestseller that blew the lid off the fast food industry—exposing how they've malled our landscapes, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad—now includes a new Afterword from the masterful muckraker (who started it all), Eric Schlosser. --From the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Over the last three decades, fast food has infiltrated every nook and cranny of American society.
  • Heavy: An American Memoir
    Kiese Laymon

    Heavy: An American Memoir

    By: Kiese Laymon
    Recommended for grade(s): College Plus

    In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse. Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. In Heavy, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, Laymon asks himself, his mother, his nation, and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few in this nation actually know how to responsibly love, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free. A personal narrative that illuminates national failures, Heavy is defiant yet vulnerable, an insightful, often comical exploration of weight, identity, art, friendship, and family that begins with a confusing childhood—and continues through twenty-five years of haunting implosions and long reverberations. *Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist* --From Simon and Schuster

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  • The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
    Josh Berk

    The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin

    By: Josh Berk
    Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9

    When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a football player in his class. --From Random House

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  • Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix (Food Heroes #3)
    Jacqueline Briggs Martin

    Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix (Food Heroes #3)

    By: Jacqueline Briggs Martin
    Recommended for grade(s): 4

    This third book in the Food Hero series features Chef Roy Choi, a street cook in Los Angeles whose best good time as a kid was family together, making food. Though he became an acclaimed chef, Roy Choi grew tired of working in fine restaurants and started up the Kogi food trucks in Los Angeles, where he could remix the tastes he loved on the streets where he lived Korean BBQ in a taco. Once folks tasted the Kogi tacos, they lined up, all kinds of people talking and laughing together. Back on the streets, in the food trucks, opening cafes in old neighborhoods, Roy found his best good time remixing fast food, remixing neighborhoods, feeding hungry people, cooking up joy. This biography brims with passion and excitement and the happiness that comes from doing what you love while giving back. -- From Live Oak Media (NY)

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  • Fast Food Nation
    Eric Schlosser

    Fast Food Nation

    By: Eric Schlosser
    Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

    The New York Times bestseller that blew the lid off the fast food industry—exposing how they've malled our landscapes, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad—now includes a new Afterword from the masterful muckraker (who started it all), Eric Schlosser. --From the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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