Eating Animals

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Hachette Digital, Inc., Nov 2, 2009 - Social Science - 300 pages
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Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood-facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf-his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong. Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir and his own 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 can lull us into a brutal forgetting. 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, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told-and the stories we now need to tell.
  

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Writing style is passable. - LibraryThing
Eating Animals was at times very difficult to read. - LibraryThing
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What brings the book down a bit is Foer's writing. - LibraryThing

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This follows along similar lines to the other great books out there on the food industry in the USA. The one difference that I really liked was the personal back story on the role of food in the ... Read full review

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This book is a wonderful blend of philosophy, anthropology, history, investigative journalism, and memoir. It's well written, but extremely hard to read. In my opinion, it's a must read for anyone ... Read full review

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Contents

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ANIMAL
ANTHROPODENIAL
BROILER CHICKENS
CAFO
COMFORT FOOD
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CRUELTY
DISCOMFORT FOOD
DOWNER
ENVIRONMENTALISM
FACTORY FARM
FREERANGE
FRESH
HUMAN
INTELLIGENCE?
KFC
KOSHER?
ORGANIC
PROCESSING
SPECIES BARRIER
STRESS
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Acknowledgments
Notes
Words Meaning
Hiding Seeking
Influence Speechlessness
Slices of Paradise Pieces of Shit
I Do
Storytelling
About the Author
Copyright

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Jonathan Safran Foer (born 1977) is an American author best known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated (2002) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005). He was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Georgetown Day School and Princeton University. In 2000, Foer was awarded the Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Prize and in 2007 he was included in Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. His forthcoming nonfiction book is entitled, Eating Animals. His title Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close made The N.Y. Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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