In Conversation with Adrianne Murchison, Journalist, AJC Northside Living Magazine
ADAM CHANDLER, Drive-Thru Dreams
In Drive-Thru Dreams, Adam Chandler explores the inseparable link between fast food and American life for the past century. The dark underbelly of the industry’s largest players has long been scrutinized and gutted. But, in unexpected ways, fast food is also deeply personal and emblematic of a larger-than-life image of America.
With wit and nuance, Chandler reveals the complexities of this industry through heartfelt anecdotes and fascinating trivia as well as interviews with fans, executives, and workers. He traces the industry from its roots in Wichita, where White Castle became the first fast food chain in 1921 and successfully branded the hamburger as the official all-American meal, to a teenager's 2017 plea for a year’s supply of Wendy’s chicken nuggets, which united the internet to generate the most viral tweet of all time.
STEPHEN SILVERMAN, The Amusement Park
Step right up! The Amusement Park is a rich, anecdotal history beginning 900 years ago with the pleasure gardens of Europe and ends with the most elaborate modern parks in the world. It's a history told through the colorful, sometimes hedonistic characters who built them, including showmen like Joseph and Nicholas Schenck and Marcus Loew and railroad barons Andrew Mellon and Henry E. Huntington. The story also includes the men who destroyed the parks, including Robert Moses and Fred Trump. This is a full-throttle celebration of the rides—marvels of engineering and heart-stopping thrills. Experience the electrifying story of amusement parks and meet the colorful, sometimes criminal, characters responsible for their enchanting charms.
Guests will enjoy popcorn, cotton candy and other tasty treats!
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