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Eating Animals — Jonathan Safran Foer @ Powell's Books

Hey Everyone, this just happens to be World Vegan Week too! Read more here!


On the brink of fatherhood — and facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf — Jonathan Safran Foer's casual attitude toward food takes on a new urgency. In Eating Animals (Little Brown), he explores the many fictions used to justify eating habits and how such tales justify a brutal ignorance.

Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between carnivore and vegetarian. As he became a husband and a father, he kept returning to two questions: Why do we eat animals? And would we eat them if we knew how they got on our dinner plates?

Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, and his own undercover detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits-from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth-and how such tales justify a brutal ignorance.

Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, huge bestsellers, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told — and the stories we now need to tell.

About the Author
Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the most acclaimed young writers of his generation, a "certified wunderkind" (Time) whose work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. He has earned a National Jewish Book Award, a Guardian First Book Award, and remarkable praise for his first two novels, Everything Is Illuminated (adapted for film in 2005) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Eating Animals is his first work of nonfiction.

We could meet for dinner (or some of us) at Blossoming Lotus or other site such as any of many food carts (Bombay Chaat House maybe?) for some eats prior to descending upon Powell's. If you have a preference either email or leave it in the RSVP. Not planning on climbing any mountains the day before so should be good for socializing... :D

For your reading pleasures, here is a preview of Jonathan Safran Foer's work from The Food Issue of the New York Times a couple weeks ago.

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