Has it really been over a year since I posted about my most recent library loot? I have access to my beloved public library for only four months in the summer and two months in the winter. Yet, this year, a job opportunity took away my access to the library until now. Not sure how many of these books I will get to before I return to school in less than two weeks. (Yelp! So soon!)

Many of these books are for my Honors Project. I haven’t made nearly as much headway as I would have liked on the project (I blame my lack of access to a library) so I’d like to rectify that by reading a couple more titles between now and school starting.

  • American Wasteland (Jonathan Bloom) — Subtitled “How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It)”, this is the flip-side of my honors thesis, which argues that Americans don’t have enough access to healthy food. This book is a selection for the food section of my Honors Project.
  • Big-Box Swindle (Stacy Mitchell) — Subtitled “The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses”, this book caught my eye due to its title. I refuse to shop at big-box stores such as Wal-Mart for a multitude of reasons, but I’ll always looking for a way to beef up my argument. Another Honors Project selection.
  • Borderline (Nevada Barr) — Barr is supposed to be the creme de la creme of animal-based mysteries. After enjoying but loving some other animal-based mysteries last month, I thought I’d try my hand at something by Barr.
  • Drawing the Line (Mark Monmonier) — Subtitled “Tales of Maps and Cartocontrovery”, this book is a geography selection for my Honors Project. I really enjoyed reading about controversies with maps in Ken Jennings’ Maphead and thought I’d learn more from one of the more well-known names in cartography.
  • Fat Land (Greg Crister) — Subtitled “How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World”, this book caught my eye for my Honors Project. My focus is not on obesity and health in America, but it’s always a good idea to be able to explain why Americans need access to healthy, affordable food products.
  • From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow (Mark Monmonier) — Subtitled “How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame”, this is another Honors Project selection. This time I’m concentrating on geography and the history behind the names of locations.
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded (Thomas L. Friedman) — I have the audiobook version of this Honors Project selection on my iPad yet it’s been a struggle to follow along. I thought I’d try the printed edition before giving up on the book entirely. Another possible Honors Project selection.
  • Out Stealing Horses (Per Petterson) — One of only two fiction books I brought home with me this time. I’ve heard so many good things about Petterson’s books that I’m excited to finally pick up a copy for myself.
  • Plastic Ocean (Capt. Charles Moore with Cassandra Phillips) –Subtitled “How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans”, this book caught my eye on the new arrival shelves of my public library due to the many conversations I have had this summer about plastic in the oceans.
  • Waste and Want (Susan Stasser) — Subtitled “A Social History of Trash”, I grabbed this book after seeing it sitting on the shelf next to Bloom’s book. This book is a little older than Bloom’s book and focuses on the overall history of trash rather than just food trash. Another possible Honors Project selection.

Library Loot:

A weekly (or monthly, in my case) event, Library Loot encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from their local library. Whether you vlog about or write about, the format doesn’t matter as along as you share what followed you home this week (or, again in my case, each month). The event is hosted by Claire and Marg.

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