Thousands of miles are embedded in almost everything we do and touch and purchase, but we're scarcely aware of it. A cup of Starbucks coffee materializes in front of us without any signs of the 30,000 miles it has travelled. Behind the scenes, there are grinding commutes, a violent death every 15 minutes on an American highway, and a crushing impact on the environment.
By delving into one week in the life of his family in suburban California—their commutes, traffic jams, grocery stops, and online shopping excursions—the author of first-year favorite Garbology reveals the truths and mounting challenges behind every trip we take and every click we make.
Freshman Common Read: Indiana University (Kelley School of Business)