"Just Watching" by Philip Gourevitch; "Antarctica, 1958" by Robert Stone; "Vietnam, 1966" by Neil Sheehan; "New York City, 1967" by Roger Angell; "Yugoslavia, 1991" by Aleksander Hemon; "Sierra Leone, 1997" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; "Ivory Coast, 2001" by Tony D'Souza; "Iraq, 2004" by Wendell Steavenson; and "Meeting E.P." by Samuel Hynes.
James and Kate are golden children of the late 20th century, flush with opportunity. But an economic downturn and an unexpected pregnancy send them searching for a way to survive. A friend in California's Siskiyou County grows prime-grade marijuana; if James transports just one load from Cali to Florida, he'll pull down enough cash to survive for months. And so begins the life of a mule.