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.
"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.