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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal  by Eric SchlosserFast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser. $ 2.99 at Amazon and Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

New York Times Bestseller,

With a New Afterword

“Schlosser has a flair for dazzling scene-setting and an arsenal of startling facts . . . Fast Food Nation points the way but, to resurrect an old fast food slogan, the choice is yours.”—Los Angeles Times

In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today’s food movement.

In a new afterword for this edition, Schlosser discusses the growing interest in local and organic food, the continued exploitation of poor workers by the food industry, and the need to ensure that every American has access to good, healthy, affordable food. Fast Food Nation is as relevant today as it was a decade ago. The book inspires readers to look beneath the surface of our food system, consider its impact on society and, most of all, think for themselves.

I’ve heard a lot about this book but am a little afraid to read it. Maybe I’ll never be able to eat fast food again.

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Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy)  by Jennifer EstepTouch of Frost by Jennifer Estep. $ 1.99

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My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .

From School Library Journal Readers searching for books that explore classical mythology in a modern setting may be disappointed, but those looking for a paranormal story with a little mystery, a little action, and a little romance will eagerly embrace this book.

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Lucky Man: A Memoir  by Michael J. FoxLucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what it’s like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-old’s disease.

“Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap.” –Michael J. Fox

In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease — a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. Now, with the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances over the last 18 years, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson’s.

Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life — from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which — with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends — he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson’s has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed.

I’m not much of a TV watcher. I haven’t seen Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy. I think I’ve only watched Buffy The Musical. But I have set my DVR to record Michael J. Fox’s upcoming show.

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The Switch  by Sandra BrownThe Switch by Sandra Brown. $ 2.99.

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes another masterful creation, a riveting novel of suspense, revenge, and unpredictable twists and turns…Identical twins Melina and Gillian Lloyd haven’t considered switching places since childhood. So when Melina proposes that Gillian take her place as a media escort to NASA astronaut Col. “Chief” Hart, she refuses…at first. The following morning Melina receives terrible news: her sister has been brutally murdered-and Chief, though innocent, is the prime suspect. He and Melina are determined to find the killer, a megalomaniac whose horrific schemes require Gillian’s replacement, her identical twin-Melina.

From the bestselling author of “The Alibi” comes a new thriller about a woman investigating the murder of her identical twin sister. Melina vows to stop at nothing to learn the truth and avenge Gillian’s death. But soon she is on the run from police, the FBI, and the mastermind whose evil plot to engineer the perfect “switch” could result in disastrous consequences on a global scale.

There are several Sandra Brown books on sale for $2.99. Of The Switch, PW says Determined to avenge Gillian’s murder, Melina and Chief become the targets of professional assassins masquerading as FBI agents. Potential witnesses are murdered as the trail eventually leads the pair (now fighting to keep their hands off each other) cross-country to Brother Gabriel’s mountain stronghold in the remote reaches of New Mexico. Displaying her talents for fast pacing and tricky plotting, Brown delivers one of her patented twists in the denouement, setting the scene for a breathy, rose-colored climax.

Envy $1.99
The Alibi $2.99
The Crush $2.99

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

7 Comments

  1. Carolyne
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 14:28:16

    Fast Food Nation: You will never be able to eat fast food again.

    I had already seen Supersize Me, and haven’t eaten a McDonald’s meal since I saw it almost ten years ago. I’m not even mildly tempted.

    No, wait, that’s not entirely accurate… I’ve been tempted to order a hamburger with everything except the meat (I love those little pickles and teeny tiny onion confetti), but that just seems too weird.

  2. Amanda
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 14:43:59

    I will be getting Lucky Man, I enjoy autobiographies and have always been a fan of his. I really hope his show does well.

  3. Maria F
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 14:49:44

    One of amazon’s daily deals is 4 of Kristen Ashley’s books for $1.99 each. They are from the ‘burg series: Game of Hearts, The Golden Trail, At Peace, For You. I don’t know about other vendors.

  4. Juliana Stone
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 15:19:46

    Thanks for these Jane. I bought Lucky Man….also, I had no idea Michael J Fox had a new show, is it a comedy? I’ll have to watch for it.

  5. Jayne
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 15:26:52

    @Carolyne: Totally agree with you about Supersize Me curing me of wanting to eat any more “fries with that.” The image of those fries, under glass, sitting on a shelf for weeks and not changing AT ALL still creeps me out.

    Have you watched the documentary “McLibel?” Legally scary stuff.

  6. Darlynne
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 16:06:31

    @Carolyne: You and me both. No one should eat at fast food restaurants and they won’t, not after reading the book or seeing the movie. Chipotle is doing things right, but the rest? No and no and no, for so many reasons.

  7. Carolyne
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 16:13:20

    @Jayne: I haven’t seen “McLibel.” Maybe I’ll queue that one up for Friday the 13th.

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