Super Sizing Urban America & More

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“[Chin Jou's] fascinating book, Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food With Government Help, published in March…[enables] us to evaluate the prospect of bringing healthy food to neighborhoods that don’t have access to it.” Here’s a pieced on a troubling issue.

“If someone published an anthology called Hellscape: Thirty Writers on Why Penn Station Sucks, I would buy that thing in hardcover and pay list price for it. I would buy a whole carton and stand at Penn Station’s Amtrak gates, forcing them on beleaguered travelers. Because: everyone hates Penn Station—I’m talking about the New York one—but good writing on the hatred of Penn Station is hard to find.”

Forthcoming spring books! Note especially James Forman Jr.’s Locking Up Our Own, which explains why so many blacks wind up in prison.

“[Cottom worked as an enrollment officer at two different for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn’t afford. Her new book, Lower Ed, argues that for-profit colleges exploit racial, gender and economic inequality.

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