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 (http://veganbookclub.com) to suggest books for future meetings, and vote on which of the currently suggested books you want to read next.