Daily Archives: May 22, 2008

Weekly Geeks: Issue Books


I haven’t joined into the Weekly Geeks fun over at The Hidden Side of a Leaf. Until now. Each week, Dewey offers up a topic related to books and blogging and interested bookish geeks (like me – and you perhaps) create posts on that theme and drop off links at The Hidden Side of a Leaf, creating a delightful collection of interesting, thematically connected posts. Fun, yes?

This week, I couldn’t resist the subject: “Choose a political or social issue that matters to you. Find several books addressing that issue; they don’t have to books you’ve read, just books you might like to read. Using images (of the book covers or whatever you feel illustrates your topic) present these books in your blog.” .

My topic: Global Food Issues

My books:

Chew on This – by Eric Schlosser

The 100-Mile Diet – Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver

What the World Eats – Peter Menzel and Faith D-Aluisio

If the World Were a Village – David Smith and Shelagh Armstrong

I’ve only read the last two of these, but the first three have been on my TBR list for months. Now that Barbara Kingsolver’s latest is out in PB I will likely succumb and treat myself, having shown restraint for many months. I have to take a moment to sing the praises of What the World Eats because it is such an incredible, eye-opening book (not to mention visually stunning). If you get a chance to take a look at it, you will find profiles showing the amount, the total cost and the types of food eaten by families in 21 different countires around the world. What’s really cool about this text is the photography. There’s a shot of each family along with all of the food they consume in one week. It is so striking to see the remarkable differences between how much and what kind of foods people eat in different countries. When presented in this visual way, the inequality of global food distribution really hits home. This book is amazing for any educator.

Weekly Geeks Unite!