My Favorite Books: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals & One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Anthony Freddura relishes in the opportunity to read a good book. Some of his all time favorites include The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, published in 2006, was written by Michael Pollan. Investigating the foods that make up the average omnivore’s diet, Pollan addressed each of the food chains that create modern diets, including organic food, industrial food, and food that is foraged by individuals.

In his novel, Michael Pollan revealed that much of industrial food is made from corn, which is fed to livestock, processed into sugars, or eaten directly. A main focus of the book, Pollan provides the reader with compelling evidence of our corn-dependent society. The Omnivore’s Dilemma also investigates organic farming, stating finally, we “eat by the grace of nature, not industry.” The Omnivore’s Dilemma enjoyed acclaim and created controversy as well, the secret recipe to any successful publication.

Alternatively, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest represents a very different kind of book. Written by Ken Kesey, an iconic writing figure of the 1960’s, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest delved into the inner workings of the human mind and the strange realities of the institutional asylum process. Later turned into a film, which won five Academy Awards, the novel has gathered heavy acclaim since its publication, and remains a classic piece of 1960s literature.

Other books by Ken Kesey include Sometimes a Great Notion, Caverns, Sailor Song, and Last Go Round, a novel co-written by Kevin Babbs.


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Anthony Freddura has developed his skills as a Project Manager and Business Systems Analyst with 15 years immersed in various software projects. From 1990 until 1994, Anthony Freddura studied at Stonehill College, located in North Easton, Massachusetts, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing with a minor in History. Through the late 1990s, Anthony Freddura worked a series of Systems Quality Analyst jobs in Boston, Massachusetts. Anthony Freddura’s first position found him at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he served as the primary Analyst for a client/server transaction processing system. In 1998, Anthony Freddura joined Pioneer Group, Inc. to work as a Business Systems Analyst. For this job, Anthony Freddura documented business requirements, analyzed business functions, and coordinated file transfers to AS/400. In 2000, Anthony Freddura brought his computer skills to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley to participate in the tech boom. At Robertson Stephens Inc., Anthony Freddura took on a leadership roll as a Project Manager. Anthony Freddura then enjoyed a series of contract positions at companies such as Cisco and Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. From 2004 through 2007, Anthony Freddura worked as a Business Systems Analyst at Genentech, Inc. Anthony Freddura moved back to Massachusetts in 2007 to take on several Systems Analyst positions at companies such as Fidelity Investments; Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.; and Iron Mountain Incorporated. Currently, Anthony Freddura holds the position of Senior Business Systems Analyst at MultiPlan Inc. in Waltham. Outside of work, Anthony Freddura serves his community by providing guitar accompaniment for The Worship Arts Ministry at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts. Anthony Freddura has participated in the nutrition program SoulFood in Boston, which targets undernourishment in the homeless population. In his spare time, Anthony Freddura also enjoys creative writing and reading.