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A Story of the Items We Often Take For Granted

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 8:08 am EDT

When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. WHERE AM I WEARING? intimately describes the connection between impoverished garment workers' standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle. By introducing readers to the human element of globalization—the factory workers, their names, their families, and their way of life—WHERE AM I WEARING? bridges the gap between global producers and consumers.

New content includes: a visit to a fair trade Ethiopian shoe factory that is changing lives one job at time; updates on how workers worldwide have been squeezed by rising food costs and declining orders in the wake of the global financial crisis; and the author's search for the garment worker in Honduras who inspired the first edition of the book

Enlightening and thought-provoking at once, WHERE AM I WEARING? puts a human face on globalization.

Highlights include:

Selected as the freshman Common Reader for West Texas A&M University, Elmhurst College, Pfeiffer University, and Wingate University.

Currently being used in classrooms at Rutgers, Carnegie-Mellon, Colorado State, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, California State, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Ball State.

Featured in national publications like TIME, Financial Times, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor and more.

From garment factories in Cambodia to banana plantations in Costa Rica, Kelsey Timmerman is dedicated to addressing global issues through storytelling. By traveling the world and telling the stories of the people he meets, Timmerman is able to educate his readers and initiate dialogue about how to improve our world economy.

In his first book, WHERE AM I WEARING?, he traveled the world to find out where his clothes came from. Visiting garment factories in Asia and Latin America, he shared the stories of the people who make our clothes. From a 20-something t-shirt maker in Honduras to a single mother of two in Bangladesh, Timmerman humanizes the issues of globalization and provokes readers to check their tags and think about where their clothing came from.

An acclaimed public speaker, Timmerman has lectured on travel and globalization around the world. He is particularly passionate about educating students through humor and storytelling, and encourages them to think globally and act locally. He is a frequent keynote speaker at universities, high schools, and conferences.

His next book, WHERE AM I EATING, will be published in 2013. He is currently traveling through Latin America, picking bananas and working on coffee plantations.

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