Eating Animals

By Jonathan Safran Foer
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316069908, 341pp.)

Publication Date: November 2009

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“Jonathan Safran Foer makes the case for boycotting industrial agriculture with firsthand accounts and voices from every side of the debate. It changed the way I think about food -- but made me enjoy it even more.”
-- Zak Powers, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, NY


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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.




About the Author
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER is the author of the novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. His books have won numerous awards and have been translated into 36 languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


NPR
Sunday, Nov 1, 2009

Author Jonathan Safran Foer grapples with the morality of meat and the brutality of the factory farm system in his new book, Eating Animals. The book is part memoir and part investigative report. More at NPR.org

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