BOOKS: Other
Our Day to End Poverty
Shannon Daley-Harris and Jeffrey Keenan

Our Day to End Poverty is organized into 24 "hour/chapter" segments. Each chapter/hour of the day proposes a variety of fun and practical actions one can take to help overcome domestic and global poverty. The chapters are short and pithy — full of specific facts and a menu of alternative action steps.

The Devil's Cup: A history of the world according to coffee
Stewart Lee Allen

Stewart Lee Allen decides to travel the world in search of the history of coffee. He does a great job in adding adventure to the story of coffee.

Coffee: A Dark History
Antony Wild

The history of coffee is indeed as "dark," as his subtitle puts it. A coffee lover and an expert on the subject , Wild is nonetheless no sentimentalist when it comes to the human and natural toll the bean has extracted — "poverty, violence, exploitation, environmental devastation, political oppression, and corruption" — nor to the threats that caffeine poses to the health of those who consume it.

The Bilingual Family: A Handbook for Parents
Edith Harding-Esch and Philip Riley

First published in 1986, The Bilingual Family has provided thousands of parents with the information and advice they need to make informed decisions about what language policy to adopt with their children. This second edition contains updated references and new entries to the alphabetical reference guide. In Spanish under the title La Familia Bilingüe.

Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Bilingualism
Colin Baker

Colin Baker's handbook is a great help for bilingual parents. Baker includes the most recent research results in a format which allows busy parents to read according to their current perception of their individual set of language parenting problems. In Spanish under the title Guia Para Padres Y Maestros De Niños Bilingües.

28: Stories of AIDS in Africa
Stephanie Nolen

Here Stephanie Nolen offers 28 searing portraits of Africans affected by the deadly virus. Scattered across the continent from the slums of Lagos, Nigeria, to the bush in southern Zambia, these Africans present a mosaic of a continent in crisis and a collective cry for help. With a seasoned journalist's finesse, Nolen effortlessly weaves technical information—health statistics, disease data, NGO reports—into these deeply intimate glimpses of people often overlooked in the flood of contemporary media. Nolen's book packs a real emotional wallop. Also available in Spanish as 28 Historias de SIDA en Africa.

A crime so monstrous: Face-to-Face to modern-day slavery
E. Benjamin Skinner

Today there are more slaves than at any time in history, according to journalist Skinner's report on current and former slaves and slave dealers. Skinner focuses most sharply on Haiti, Sudan, Romania and India. Skinner reiterates that sexual trafficking is only one component of slavery, but devotes the bulk of this book to this issue.

Hungry Planet Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
Peter Menzel

Photographer Peter Menzel and author-journalist Faith D'Alusio, make a comparative photo-chronicle of their visits to 30 families in 24 countries for 600 meals in all. Their personal-is-political portraits feature pictures of each family with a week's worth of food purchases; weekly food-intake lists with costs noted; typical family recipes. We soon learn that diet is determined by largely uncontrollable forces like poverty, conflict and globalization, which can bring change with startling speed. Thus cultures can move–sometimes in a single jump–from traditional diets to the vexed plenty of global-food production. People have more to eat and, too often, eat more of nutritionally questionable food. Their health suffers.