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Books - #s 16 through 19

Here are a few more books for this year:



# 16 - The Psychologist's Book of Self-tests, by Louis Janda

Subtitled "25 Love, Sex, Intelligence, Career and Personality Tests; Developed by Professionals to Reveal the Real You." I found the quizzes in this book to be more interesting than in the Career Tests book by the same author. However, it's still a pain in the rear to score them by hand, and I think I'd recommend putting "self-assessment tests" into Google, and following some links to do similar tests online. Much less time consuming. Also, so many of these tests are really pretty worthless, because they're based on the biases of the test-writers, and sometimes it's obvious that these biases are in direct conflict with my own feelings about certain issues. So, this was all right, but I wouldn't really recommend it. 6/10

#17 - See-Through Mummies, by John Malam

This is a great book for children about ancient Egyptian mummies. It has loads of great illustrations, including the two-sided transparency pages for which the book gets its name. It's got a very detailed description of the mummifcation process, and loads of other great information as well. Very interesting; my son and I both enjoyed it. 10/10



#18 - Attack of the Jack-o-Lanterns, by R.L. Stine

Another bedtime book with my son (he read parts of it to me, and I read parts to him). Typical Goosebumps. 6/10


#19 - Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser

I was aware of some of the information in this book – namely that fast food is unhealthy and probably contributing to obesity in this country and, increasingly, abroad. But there was so much more here. For example, it’s not just that foods are fatty, but there are other, far more serious health risks with some foods: deadly pathogens that are spread by poor conditions and pure stupidity in meat packing plants, and which the government has no power nor apparent desire to control. People die of food poisoning, especially small children, and for more often than I’d imagined. Oh, and let’s not forget the threat of Mad Cow disease. Again, no one is insisting on taking steps that could really prevent the spread of this disease – why would they? It might add a few cents to the cost of a hamburger.

The book also discusses abuses of workers throughout the industry, and how the government (particularly Republicans) have chosen greed over public interest when “legislating” (and I use the term very loosely) the industry. That to me, is actually the most disgusting thing in this book. Well, maybe it’s a tie between that and the way that sellers of fast/junk foods are buying their way into public schools, where they have a captive audience of impressionable minds – provided by our government, no less – to brainwash into buying their unhealthy products.

I’d already cut out most fast food from my diet and that of my seven-yead-old son (we haven’t eaten at a McDonalds since I can’t remember when), but I think I’m going to take it further now, and stop eating not only fast food, but also beef and probably chicken and pork, as well. (I’m already mostly vegetarian so it’s not a big leap, but still. This sure gave me some added incentive).

I’d recommend this book to everyone. Well, everyone who eats food, anyway. ;) 10/10
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