Nov 18, 2011 11:03 AM EDT
The Toaster Project, or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch
by Dawn Raffel, Reader's Digest Editor at Large, Books
One man’s quest to build a simple toaster—entirely from scratch, down to pulling raw materials out of the earth—turns into a fascinating, funny, nine-month adventure. Yes, he spent more than $1800 and as much time as it takes to gestate a baby, but he learned about everything from how we produce goods to the way our consumer culture operates.