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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118277554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118277553
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

An Entertaining And Thought-Provoking Look Behind The Curtain Of The Global Economy

When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know more about 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. In Where Am I Wearing?, Kelsey introduces you to the human side of globalization—the factory workers, their names, their families, and their way of life—and bridges the gap between global producers and consumers.

Updates to this paperback edition include:

  • The author's astonishing search for the garment worker in Honduras who inspired the book and who underwent a death-defying journey of love, sacrifice, and hope

  • The lives of the factory workers and their families now, and how the global financial crisis affected them

  • A visit to a fair trade Ethiopian shoe factory that is changing lives one job at time

  • Discussion guide for teachers and educators, focusing on sweatshops, child labor, fair trade, individual and corporate social responsibility, and other global economic issues

About the Author

KELSEY TIMMERMAN is a freelance journalist and public speaker. He's spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, gone undercover as an underwear buyer in Bangladesh, and taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and has aired on NPR.


More About the Author

I'm the author of "Where am I Wearing?" and a freelance writer who focuses on globalization, travel, the outdoors, adventure, and what it means to be a Touron (moron + tourist) in worlds of clashing cultures.

I've spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, gone undercover as an underwear buyer in Bangladesh, played PlayStation in Kosovo, taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras, and, in another life, I worked as a SCUBA instructor in Key West, Florida.

I was made in America.

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The premise of the book is an interesting one.
SAS
I now see faces/lives/emotions behind the people who work so terribly hard making all my stuff!
HorseGirl2(Rome, GA)
When she finished it, she left it laying on the table so I picked it up and read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MovingBlues on February 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book will be boring to you if...

-You like shows along the lines of Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, etc

-You are cynical, believing that "Its not like we can do anything to help them!"

-You are stubborn in believing things or think that a lot of things are "gimmicks"

-You are a girl(or a guy for that matter) that something more along the lines of "Eat, Pray, Love" where a book focuses on the "spritual awakenings" and "newfound" discoveries the author has while being a typical tourist looking at famous buidlings, and traveling the world

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I decided to post points on why some people might not get this book. I think a lot of the one star reviews on here are people that fall in one of those categories.

Some of the best things I like about this book that set it apart from several others is that even after several expeditions across the world Timmerman does not think he is some new kind of genius (Like a lot of other authors of books with similar themes). He does not try to preach and shove down his agenda in your throat. He still thinks he is constantly learning about the world. He still considers himself a "touron" (tourist+moron) even by the end of the book.

Timmerman's whole point of the book is not only to get people to learn about the people who make their clothes but also to be more global in the way that you think. Become more invested in the current events happening around the world, if you do not know about something, learn about it.

The thing that I also like about this book is that it shows people that traveling...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Christine Mcpherson on June 4, 2013
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The language in this book is not something I would recommend for some people,but this book, Where am I Wearing, is an amazing book and I thank Kelsey Timmerman for opening our eyes to the world and people who make our clothes. I will share this story with all of my friends, family, and strangers so that we all have an understanding of how our clothes are made and how our purchases can impact others. They may make different opinions than I, but from now on I'm going to make an effort to choose my clothes carefully.
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Fashion Industry: Learn about where clothes are made and what actually goes into it. Who the people are. How it all works.

Travel Enthusiasts: If you travel, I mean really travel, then you'll love this book. The stories take you into the cultures of the world.

American Consumers: Before you start chanting against "sweat shops" and for "American-made" maybe you should understand the rest of the world better. A sweat shop in the USA would be a travesty and unjust. One in Cambodia simply keeps children from prostitution. I'm not making a political statement for or against anything (and neither is this book), it's just a statement to encourage people to learn about all angles, not just "American-made" mindsets...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Woneata on February 9, 2013
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This book makes you take a step back and think about how you fit in the world. It makes you aware that you are a global citizen and what you choose to buy has an impact on the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Roper on May 13, 2012
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If you are looking for a condemnation of the clothing industry in third world countries from a raving activists viewpoint, this is not the book for you. If you want an easy to read human based story about the people who make our clothes and an honest look at the pros and cons of the industry, this is the book for you.

Timmerman has an easy to read voice that makes one laugh. He investigates the clothing industry from the viewpoint of the workers, adding personal touch to controversial topics like child labor, sweatshops, and workers rights in the third world.

As consumers, we speak through our spending. This is the kind of book that brings to light the differences among countries that house the textile industry. Highly recommended to the reader looking for a personal touch about the people who made your clothes and a tour through the streets, villages, and cities that they live in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bete on May 10, 2012
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This is one fantastic book. "Where am I Wearing" is a thought-provoking book that raises more questions than it answers -- but that's Timmerman's main thrust: economic justice is a tricky business, with few black or white answers. Timmerman comes across as a very likeable, average American -- not an academic type at all. His profiles of those who make our clothing are riveting. Anyone interested in social justice, clothing or crazy road trips should read this book. I just hope Timmerman writes a sequel -- maybe, "Where am I Eating."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HorseGirl2(Rome, GA) on June 11, 2012
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Where am I Wearing is required reading for my 14 year old son entering 9th grade. For him the book will be challenging as he hates to read but I hope he will be left with an understanding of the world that he never had before. I did. I hope the message of this book never leaves me. I now have a new and huge appreciation for the privileged lives that most of us live in this country. I feel blessed/puzzled/amazed/ashamed/ grateful that I have so much(stuff!) and most especially am so FREE to do as I please, when I please, where I please. Freedom means A LOT!!! I now see faces/lives/emotions behind the people who work so terribly hard making all my stuff! kelsey, please send them a great big thank you for me! Never again will I take my new Teva sandals, my t-shirts or LL Bean jeans for granted. I wish I could give to these hard working people as they have given to us....
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