Books that might turn you into a vegetarian

The jungleThere will be lots more, but here’s some book suggestions (a couple of non fiction ones too) for novels that put you off meat.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair “The Jungle” is the fictitious account of a family of Lithuanian immigrants living in Chicago and working in the Chicago’s Union Stock Yards. While it is a work of fiction it brought to light the horrible working conditions of the Chicago meat-packing industry at the beginning of the 20th century

BêteAmerican savage by Matt Whyman (Young Adult) – Titus, Angelica and the kids go to great lengths to fit into their new lives in sunny Florida. Not easy when their appetite runs to feasts of human flesh. In this dark comic serving of everyday family life with contemporary cannibals, the Savages seek to hide in plain sight by setting up a vegan cafe. The venture turns out to be a surprise sensation, bad apples bob to the surface & Titus is questions if the family have bitten off more than they can chew.

My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki – Tells the story of a parallel year in the lives of two women at opposite ends of the Earth, who are brought together in a strange convergence of global politics, meat, television and personal crisis

My year of meatsBête by Adam Roberts – A man is about to kill a cow. He discusses life and death and his right to kill with the compliant animal. He begins to suspect he may be about to commit murder, but kills anyway. It began when the animal rights movement injected domestic animals with artificial intelligence in a bid to have the status of animals realigned by the international court of human rights. But what is an animal that can talk? Where does its intelligence end at its machine intelligence begin? And where might its soul reside?

The year of the flood by Margaret Atwood – Adam One – the kindly leader of the God’s Gardeners – has long predicted the waterless flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful and uneasily hilarious, ‘The Year of the Flood’ is a testament to Atwood’s visionary power –All science and technology is Corporation-owned, in the service of furthering capitalist growth and keeping the populace unrevolutionary, while destroying the resources and ecological balances of the planet at an ever-increasing rate. Genetic manipulation has been busy producing useless or noxious monsters such as green rabbits, rakunks, and partly rational pigs

 Meat by Joseph D’Lacey (on order)

Abyrne is a decaying town, trapped by an advancing wilderness. Its people depend on meat for survival. Meat is sanctified and precious, eaten with devout solemnity by everyone. But a handful of people suspect Abyrne is evil, rotten to its religious heart

Non-fiction

Eating animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

‘Eating Animals’ is a riveting expose which presents the gut-wrenching truth about the price paid by the environment, the government, the Third World and the animals themselves in order to put meat on our tables more quickly and conveniently than ever before

Fast food nation: what the all-American meal is doing to the world by Eric Schlosser

This myth-shattering book tells the story of America and the world’s infatuation with fast food, from its origins in the 1950s southern California to the global triumph of a handful of burger and fried chicken chains

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