Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Day Two: Eating Animals...Or Not

Welcome to Day Two of The 24 Days of Books! Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two novels, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He is a novelist, he says, and never had it in mind to write nonfiction, and says he’ll probably never do it again. But his most recent book, Eating Animals, is nonfiction, and it is garnering a lot of attention. In the book, he synthesizes philosophy, literature, science, memoir, and his own detective work to explore the many stories we tell to justify our eating habits.

Eating animals is, he states, making us sick, destroying the planet, and causing animals to suffer. With all of the published studies available, it’s no longer viable to plead ignorance, only indifference. “We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, ‘What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?’” Food is not just what we put in our mouths to fill up; it is culture and identity. Food is symbolic of what we believe in. What stories do we want to tell our children through our food?

Foer’s new book has been flying off our shelves, despite its challenging subject. It is a book that pushes us to explore what is too often conveniently brushed aside.

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