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Books ROAR! highly recommends:

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The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist Vegetarian Critical Theory
by Carol J. Adams
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"Carol Adams's  The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory is a pivotal feminist text in which Adams calls upon her readers to see the exploitation of women and the exploitation of animals as part of the same system of oppression. This is an analysis that is still as crucial today as it was two decades ago, when the book was originally published.

Adams explains that the cultural obsession with women's "parts" (breasts, thighs, butts), evident in advertising and pornography and played out in everyday rituals and conversation, is inextricably linked to our culture's tendency to value animals as nothing but sources of beef, bacon or veal. In both cases, beings are reduced to objects available for consumption. They are subject to fragmentation and dismemberment, their individuality rejected and their individual and collective power quelled. Adams contends that a system that values any beings, human or nonhuman, only for the money they can reap for those in power will never be the right foundation for women's equality. Instead of distancing themselves from animals in an effort to reject the points of crossover linking them as victims of oppression, women, and especially feminists, have a responsibility to place animal rights at the center of their activism."

The Pornography of Meat
by Carol J. Adams
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“How does someone become a piece of meat?

Carol J. Adams answers this question in this provocative book by finding hidden meanings in the culture around us. From advertisements to T-shirts, from billboards to menus, from matchbook covers to comics, images of women and animals are merged — with devastating consequences.”

Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions
by Rynn Berry
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"Based on extensive reading, research, and travel, the book is a collection of the author's readable, erudite essays (he does his own translations of ancient Greek and Latin texts) and his interviews with leading vegetarian religious thinkers around the world (vegetarian recipes from the various religions are included in the back of the book)."

Famous Vegetarians and Their Favorite Recipes: Lives and Lore from Buddha to the Beatles
by Rynn Berry
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“Famous Vegetarians and their Favorite Recipes (Pythagorean Publishers) is an intriguing book which takes you into the lives of famous people who left the meat out of eating, and also gives you their recipes. The book contains 70 recipes for soups, pastas, entrees and desserts right from George Bernard Shaw's Savory Rice to Swami Prabhupada's Pleasingly Bitter Vegetable Stew. His prodigious research included historical accounts, cookbooks and family notes. Berry says the work was arduous but very stimulating.”

Hitler: Neither Vegetarian nor Animal Lover
by Rynn Berry
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"Rynn Berry, the histrical advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society and the author of 4 previous books on vegetarianism has debunked the myth of Adolf Hitler's alleged vegetarianiism and kindness to animals. He has adroitly demolished one of history's most enduring lies."

Skinny Bitch
by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
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"Written by Barnouin, a former model, and Freedman, a modeling agent, Skinny Bitch targets older teens and young women who want to lose weight and are tired of the many unsuccessful diets that bombard them. But beneath the irreverence and the salty language sprinkled throughout, is a thoughtful argument for adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle."

Man the Hunted: Primates, Predators, and Human Evolution
by Donna Hart and Robert W. Sussman
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"Man the Hunted argues that primates, including the earliest members of the human family, have evolved as the prey of any number of predators, including wild cats and dogs, hyenas, snakes, crocodiles, and even birds. The authors’ studies of predators on monkeys and apes are supplemented here with the observations of naturalists in the field and revealing interpretations of the fossil record. Eyewitness accounts of the “man the hunted” drama being played out even now give vivid evidence of its prehistoric significance.

This provocative view of human evolution suggests that countless adaptations that have allowed our species to survive—from larger brains to speech—stem from a considerably more vulnerable position on the food chain than we might like to imagine. The myth of early humans as fearless hunters dominating the earth obscures our origins as just one of many species that had to be cautious, depend on other group members, communicate danger, and come to terms with being merely one cog in the complex cycle of life."

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism
by Melanie Joy
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"In her groundbreaking new book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Dr. Melanie Joy explores the invisible system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. She calls this system carnism. Carnism is the belief system, or ideology, that allows us to selectively choose which animals become our meat, and it is sustained by complex psychological and social mechanisms. Like other "isms" (racism, ageism, etc.), carnism is most harmful when it is unrecognized and unacknowledged. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows names and explains this phenomenon and offers it up for examination. Unlike the many books that explain why we shouldn't eat meat, Dr. Joy's book explains why we do eat meat -- and thus how we can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers."

The Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy
by Victoria Moran
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"This can be the last weight-loss book you ever read.

Finally, make peace with food and have a body you're proud of by drawing on the wisdom and grace already inside you. Replace cravings with calmness. Relate to food as a loving friend, not a feared enemy.

In her own quest for freedom from compulsive eating and yo-yo dieting, Moran—once the chubby child of a diet doctor—discovered the power of combining the principles of the Twelve Step Program with the gentle way of eating espoused by yogis and mystics, and now supported by cutting-edge nutritional research. The result: falling in love with yourself, your life, and The Love-Powered Diet!"

Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust
by Charles Patterson
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“This book explores the similar attitudes and methods behind modern society's treatment of animals and the way humans have often treated each other, most notably during the Holocaust. The book's epigraph and title are from "The Letter Writer," a story by the Yiddish writer and Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer: "In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka." The first part of the book (Chapter 1-2) describes the emergence of human beings as the master species and their domination over the rest of the inhabitants of the earth. The second part (Chapters 3-5) examines the industrialization of slaughter (of both animals and humans) that took place in modern times. The last part of the book (Chapters 6-8) profiles Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust, including Isaac Bashevis Singer himself.”

Dreadful Comparision: Human and Animal Slavery
by Marjorie Spiegel
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"Marjorie Spiegel’s extraordinary book, The Dreaded Comparison…[makes] most forcefully the comparison that dare not speak its name: that African slaves in the United States before the Civil War were considered no more than animals, and that the ideologies of slavery that kept these human beings as property continue to be used with non-human animals today."

The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and World Harmony
by Will Tuttle
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"Food is our most intimate and telling connection both with the living natural order and with our living cultural heritage. By eating the plants and animals of our earth, we literally incorporate them. It is also through this act of eating that we partake of our culture's values and paradigms at the most primal levels. It is becoming increasingly obvious, however, that the choices we make about our food are leading to environmental degradation, enormous human health problems, and unimaginable cruelty toward our fellow creatures.

Incorporating systems theory, teachings from mythology and religions, and the human sciences, The World Peace Diet presents the outlines of a more empowering understanding of our world, based on a comprehension of the far-reaching implications of our food choices and the worldview those choices reflect and mandate. The author offers a set of universal principles for all people of conscience, from any religious tradition, that they can follow to reconnect with what we are eating, what was required to get it on our plate, and what happens after it leaves our plates.

The World Peace Diet suggests how we as a species might move our consciousness forward so that we can be more free, more intelligent, more loving, and happier in the choices we make. "

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