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Vegan Book Club - February

The book for February is Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, by Elizabeth Cline.

"Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenney now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. Retailers are pro­ducing clothes at enormous volumes in order to drive prices down and profits up, and they’ve turned clothing into a disposable good. After all, we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it’s cheaper to just buy more.
But what are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being?
In Overdressed, Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of middle-market and independent retail­ers, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals. She travels to cheap-chic factories in China, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh, and looks at the impact (both here and abroad) of America’s drastic increase in imports. She even explores how cheap fashion harms the charity thrift shops and textile recyclers where our masses of cloth­ing castoffs end up."

It should be an interesting read, and it's getting great critical and public praise.

This meeting is a little different in that it's on a Friday evening (February 8th), so hopefully people can still make it. Overdressed is available for Kindle, and there are 32 copies at the library. [I placed a hold on one copy about three weeks ago and went from hold number 62 to number 40 as of today -- although I'm not sure if the 32 copies are included in the 40 holds or if that's in addition to the 32 copies?] Not sure if anyone has the ebook file.

Hungry Tiger Too recently condensed their vegan menu somewhat, but it's still full of great comfort food options.


Don't forget to stop by the book club's website ( to suggest books for future meetings, and vote on which of the currently suggested books you want to read next.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Work issues!

    February 8, 2013

  • kanchan

    Sorry cant make it. Peter has flu :(

    February 8, 2013

  • Karen B.

    I'm #5 on the hold list for Washington County Library -they have 3 copies, so I broke down & bought a Nook at Barnes & Noble.

    February 1, 2013

  • Michael F

    I have a copy of the ebook if anyone needs it. Just shoot me an email at mike at mike fenwick dot com.

    December 21, 2012

    • Michael F

      Brent, I'm sorry I didn't get the book to you. I saw your request on this event on the 3rd, and someone else had emailed me for a copy on the same day, so I thought I had it all taken care of. I double checked and I never did receive an email from you though; not sure if you mistyped my email address or if it got lost in my junk folder.

      January 26, 2013

    • Michael F

      Deanna, I would love to send you the epub, but I don't have your email address. Can you message it to me through Meetup or send me an email at mike at mikefenwick dot com?

      January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Number 51 on library hold waitlist. :(

    December 21, 2012

  • deanna

    as long as i can get the book from the library in time =)

    December 21, 2012

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