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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life....thoughts??

"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" is the new book by Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible). I've never read any of her books but I came across this new one and was (obviously ) intrigued. I know it was just published May 1, but has anyone read it yet??

Interesting note: I looked it up on Amazon to read the synopsis and reviews and guess who reviewed it for Publisher's Weekly?? None other than our dear friend Nina Planck (a.k.a. the idiot who wrote the NYT op-ed "Death by Veganism" recently  >:( ).  She loved this book and I'm trying not to let that scare me away from reading it.

Here's the link to the Amazon page if anyone's interested/hasn't heard about it:  http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Vegetable-Miracle-Year-Food/dp/0060852550/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-0757521-4407035?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1180471657&sr=1-1

I haven't read the book, but several synopses I've read say that them book discusses "what's risky about a vegan diet."  I've also read that Kigsolver is a former vegetarian converted to "compassionate carnivory."  Sounds alot like Planck's book (which I did read).  My mother requested the book from the library.  She's always been supportive of my veganism--hope this doesn't bring up new issues and criticism from her.

Elizabeth

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I haven't read the book, but several synopses I've read say that them book discusses "what's risky about a vegan diet."  I've also read that Kigsolver is a former vegetarian converted to "compassionate carnivory." 
Elizabeth

Yep, that's what I read in one of my professional magazines, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, or Booklist--don't remember which one. I decided to pass on it.

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"compassionate carnivory"?????

how are people so blatantly hypocritical? "oh, I'm going to compassionately kill this cow for my eating pleasure," while the cow is in the background saying, "really, i'd rather you didn't!"
I almost prefer the people who say they don't care if they're killing things for their own gratification... it's better than this!

p.s. barbara kingsolver is a bit of a kook. I read her book "poisonwood bible" on the suggestion of a teacher and found it pretty insulting. Both my parents are missionaries, and although I'm not a Christian, I still have a lot of respect for what they do. Although being insulted by the book may have more to do with my teacher suggesting I read it because I "reminded" her of the daughter of the missionary couple in the book. Anyway... compassionate carnivory sounds pretty lame to me.

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I'm really interested to read this book.  I understand that there's quite a bit about sustainability and eating locally, which is pretty cool.  On the other hand, I've read several of Kingsolver's books and essays, and she tends to get kind of preachy and self-righteous.  So I'm reserving judgment until I've read this one myself.

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"compassionate carnivory"?????

how are people so blatantly hypocritical? "oh, I'm going to compassionately kill this cow for my eating pleasure," while the cow is in the background saying, "really, i'd rather you didn't!"
I almost prefer the people who say they don't care if they're killing things for their own gratification... it's better than this!

I can picture this as a comic  ;D

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I have actually met Barbara Kinsolver a couple of times.  She showed up to a somewhat formal business type of dinner in a peasant dress that hung above the knee, short red cowboy boots, her hair in a messy braid and gigantic loopy Southwestern earrings.  With all of that, she was not nearly as strange as Clara Pincola Estes (Women who run with Wolves) who turned her nose up at the fresh salmon and asparagus supper in favor of some kind of dip that dripped grease at the reception later.  She also wanted to make sure that everyone was paying attention to her and tried to cultivate the idea that she was mystical, but I digress.

I am a fan of Kingsolver's fiction, to be sure.  I have read a book of her essays, though the name escapes me.  She raised a child alone in the dessert living off of her writing and odd jobs, living in scrappy places with lots of bugs, but she had a decided appreciation for wild things.  She was a veggie in those days.  Fast forward, she has had some success with her writing and her child was nearly grown up.  She meets a man, a conservative type, I hear and they have a child together.  She seems to have exchanged her cowboy boots for sensible republican pumps. This is rarely a positive change, as far as I am concerned.

I plan to give this a mess.

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Compassionate carnivoy can't go together in the same sentence.

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Interesting....interesting....I agree with everyone on here about the absurdity of "compassionate carnivory," but I still think I'm interested enough about the other stuff to at least give the book a try. Also, I want to see what she has to say about this "compassionate carnivory" because I hear that argument all the time: "sure they had to die, but at least they had a "normal" life until the slaughter."

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