Friday, May 12, 2006

Traveled 166 miles to buy two books

We rarely travel more than 100 miles to buy books. When we do we buy far more than two books and we buy the books for one purpose only: to sell them.

Last night we made a spontaneous trip to Harry W. Schwartz bookstore in Milwaukee. I could have purchased Eric Schlosser's new book, Chew On This : Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food, online, saved myself the gas and three hours of driving in constant rain and spent the time listing books for sale online. But my 13-year-old daughter heard an interview with Schlosser on the radio yesterday morning. Immediately afterwards she asked to go hear him speak at the bookstore at 7 p.m.

The bookstore is 83 miles from our home. She rarely makes requests like this and, further, this is an activity that doesn't involve looking at a screen and doesn't involve shopping for clothes, so I agreed to take her.

Schlosser is also also the author of
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. I purchased a paperback copy of this book last night. He said he wrote his new book for children so that they can learn about the foods that they eat. He doesn't tell the children what to eat; he simply tells them what is in the food. Very eye-opening. He hired a fact checker to rip apart his manuscript and find any inaccuracies

After the talk Eric signed our books and my daughter talked to him very briefly about
The Meatrix. Then we drove home in the constant rain and sleet but it was worth it because my daughter was grateful and she will probably always remember the experience. We now have a signed first edition of Chew on This in new condition but it's not for sale.
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4 Comments:

Blogger Mimi said...

Congratulations to your daughter. Interesting books, I've not read "Fast Food Nation" but I'd like to.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Driftless Books and Music said...

great story. she'll be collecting signed leftist propaganda now. better than beanie babies or pokemon. hey, if you hear of other interesting signings, drop a line. we're kind of out of touch with the madison scene these days.
john stauber lives between the two of us, he could sign a 'mad cow usa' or maybe 'toxic sludge is good for you' for her.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally think that Chew On This is more manageable than Fast Food Nation, and I would recommend The Omnivore's Dilemma to anyone interested in what's in food--or writing a paper on factory farms...

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally think that Chew On This is more manageable than Fast Food Nation, and I would recommend The Omnivore's Dilemma (by Michael Pollan) to anyone interested in what's in food--or writing a paper on factory farms...

12:47 AM  

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