Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

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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 Jonathan Safran Foer

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Jonathan Safran Foer is one of the most acclaimed young writers of his generation. His books have received numerous awards including a National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian First Book Award, and have been translated into thirty-six languages. He garnered remarkable praise for his first two novels, Everything Is Illuminated (adapted for film in 2005) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (adapted for film in December 2011), and for his New York Times bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. Nathan Englander is the author of the novel, The Ministry of Special Cases, the play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Rachel Silver.
 
Published November 2, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 352 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Cooking, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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The New York Times

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Jonathan Safran Foer is just the latest in a long line of distinguished literary vegetarians.

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The New York Times

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Jonathan Safran Foer uses his literary gifts to give the reader some very visceral, very gruesome descriptions of factory farming and the slaughterhouse.

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The Guardian

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Safran Foer is at his best when he is presenting the facts of the matter: not just the gruesome manner in which poultry, pigs and cattle are raised in what has become the most grotesquely efficient food production system the world has ever seen, creating animal protein that is cheaper than at any...

Feb 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Eating Animals

Book Reporter

It’s a telling assumption, one that implies not only that a thorough inquiry into animal agriculture would lead one away from eating meat, but that most people already know that to be the case.” Yet the book, he insists, is not meant to be “a straightforward case for vegetarianism.” In addition t...

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The Globe and Mail

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Foer rightly pillories the egg industry - including the mythical 'free range' - for its brutality What Foer contributes is his uniquely arresting ability to convey unspeakable descriptions and first-person accounts of how food animals live and die - some through the deliberate sadism and torment...

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AV Club

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As Everything Is Illuminated author Jonathan Safran Foer prepares to accompany an anonymous activist on a 3 a.m. raid of a factory farm in his new nonfiction book Eating Animals, he runs through a litany of his qualifications.

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Entertainment Weekly

You can agree wholeheartedly with huge .

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The Washington Post

It's tempting to dismiss Jonathan Safran Foer's "Eating Animals" as the product of a cocky, self-involved writer who woke up one day and discovered factory farming.

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The Telegraph

In Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel, Everything Is Illuminated, there is an awkward moment when a character called Jonathan Safran Foer (it’s that sort of novel) and a Ukrainian helping him to trace his family history sit down to dinner.

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About.com

Alongside the utter disregard for animal welfare and the animal abuse committed by those we pay to farm our meat, Foer cites the health risks posed by consuming animals raised with profit motive as the prime consideration: "Needless to say, jamming deformed, drugged, overstressed birds together i...

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Independent.ie

Eating Animals is not really about eating animals, it's about why you shouldn't eat them.

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Chicago Tribune

The price we pay for all of our cheap food-especially the ultra cheap factory farmed meat-is systematically abused animals, the near death of the family farm, dangerous antibiotic resistant viruses, stomach churning processing methods and polluted waterways, soil and air.

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The New Yorker

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Oprah.com

What makes Eating Animals so unusual is vegetarian Foer's empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument.

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Baby Got Books

And lest you think that this problem only cropped up after Ambrose got famous and put together a factory that churned out book after book under his name, you should know that he plagiarized his dissertation and first book.

May 03 2010 | Read Full Review of Eating Animals

The Austinist

In Eating Animals, Jonathan Foer (Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) begins with his grandmother’s chicken soup and memories of their family holiday gatherings.

Dec 10 2009 | Read Full Review of Eating Animals

This Dish is Veg

... This year marks the 25th anniversary for Farm Sanctuary, the ... Gene Baur's
book is very inspirational, do you see awareness on the rise?

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