Common Reading

The Stop

How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement
by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis

“An impassioned account of how to create food systems that foster independence and eliminate the indignities of charity. Saul and Curtis put a human face on poverty. If you want to know what today’s food movement is really about—and why it is anything but elitist—read this book.” —Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of What to Eat

Stuffed and Starved

by Raj Patel

Adopted for Freshman and Common Reading Programs at:
•The University of San Diego
•Wagner College
•Skagit Valley Community College
•San Jose State University (finalist)

Completely updated and revised edition of one of the most widely-praised food books of recent years

“For anyone attempting to make sense of the world food crisis,or understand the links between U.S. farm policy and the ability of the world’s poor to feed themselves, Stuffed and Starved is indispensable.” —Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Debt: The First 5,000 Years

by David Graeber

“One of the year’s most influential books. Graeber situates the emergence of credit within the rise of class society, the destruction of societies based on ‘webs of mutual commitment’ and the constantly implied threat of physical violence that lies behind all social relations based on money.”
—Paul Mason, The Guardian

“Graeber’s book is a great, provocative text for first year college students, both for its scope and its challenging perspective, and will certainly spur student engagement. The book is just the sort of example of the importance of scholarship for public life that every college student (and many college professors) will be glad to encounter as they dedicate themselves to the life of the mind this Fall.”
Dr. Joshua A. Miller, Morgan State University