In Other News: Recalls

A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL.

By Susan Fishburn

What? Another recall? You hear about them on the news or see them posted online almost every day. We’ve seen recent recalls for produce, meat, toys, strollers, cars, and even laundry detergent (yes, those detergent pods). But how much do we know about recalls and where they come from? Whether it’s driven by the consumer or a company announces a voluntary recall, we need to make changes in our lives to accommodate for these failures.

Here are a few titles which look at recalls from different perspectives. Be warned, they may force you to pause and think about how a recall could affect you or your family.

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox, 1st Edition, Alpha Books, 2011.

So you want to tackle the raw food craze. You jump in with both feet, and try it out. This guide serves as your roadmap to learn how eating this way helps to detoxify and cleanse your body. Suddenly there is a recall on kale – what do you do? That’s some “food” for thought.

Once Upon a Car, 1st Edition, Thorndike Press, 2011.

This brilliant book goes inside the boardrooms and factories of Detroit’s Big Three auto companies – Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors – as they teetered on the brink of collapse during the 2008 financial crisis.  You hear directly from the people who struggled to save their companies before, eventually,  having to turn to the U.S Government to be rescued from financial ruin.

Encyclopedia of Crisis Management, 1st Edition, Sage Publications, 2013.

A sudden recall strikes, and you need crisis management. Whether it’s human-induced or natural failure, we’ve learned that today’s tightly interconnected and interdependent society is more vulnerable to disruptions such as these. The Encyclopedia of Crisis Management can put some context around the emerging field of crisis management.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health: Infancy through Adolescence, 2nd Edition, Gale, 2011.

Product safety and recalls—particularly as they affect children—have become a major concern of the American consumer. The excerpt in this ebook covers common problems, medicines, parental concerns, and FDA guidelines in depth.

Total Recall, 1st Edition, Thorndike Press, 2012.

Now here is one recall you might want to hold on to…. Total Recall is the autobiography of Arnold Schwarzenegger. From Austrian soldier, to Hollywood Actor, to the Governor of California, it’s one amazing story or what some could call the American Dream.



Susan FishburnAbout the Author

Susan is a “beach” girl at heart. She has a degree in Child Development and Sociology from Albion College and is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, even when they’re losing!





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