Book Review: Once Upon A Time We Ate Animals

When reading a new book about veganism, I always feel compelled to ask “What new light on veganism does this author have to shed?”. While reading Once Upon A Time We Ate Animals by Roanne van Voorst, I found myself returning to this question. The book provides a nonfiction account of vegan living while interspersedContinue reading “Book Review: Once Upon A Time We Ate Animals”

Book Review: Bear Boy

Justin Barker discovered his love for animals and knack for animal activism as a middle schooler living in the suburbs of Northern California. Despite school bullying, family strife, and an ongoing identity crisis, Barker was motivated to advocate for animals after picking up a copy of Ingrid Newkirk’s Kids Can Save the Animals! 101 EasyContinue reading “Book Review: Bear Boy”

Book Review: Animals

Will Staples, the screenwriter perhaps best known for his work on the videogame Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the upcoming Amazon Original Without Remorse, makes his first foray into novel writing with Animals. Clearly a passion project for Staples, Animals revolves around a rotating narrative of characters impacted by and participating in exoticContinue reading “Book Review: Animals”

Book Review: A Traitor to His Species

The term “animal rights advocate” tends to conjure a very specific image in most people’s minds; an outspoken, overbearing, argumentative and often affluent caricature. Though this image may not apply to the vast majority of advocates, it does describe Henry Bergh, the godfather of the animal rights movement in the United States. Author Ernest Freeberg’sContinue reading “Book Review: A Traitor to His Species”

Book Review: The Everything Easy Vegan Cookbook

As veganism grows in popularity, the amount of literature on vegan cooking grows exponentially. With this sort of landscape, it can be difficult for a vegan cookbook to stand out. Luckily, The Everything Easy Vegan Cookbook by Diane K. Smith proves to be a solid resource for those aspiring to incorporate animal product-free recipes intoContinue reading “Book Review: The Everything Easy Vegan Cookbook”

Book Review: Why Veganism Matters

Animal rights scholar and proponent of the abolitionist approach Gary L. Francione returns with his latest book, Why Veganism Matters: The Moral Value of Animals. In Why Veganism Matters Francione purports that the only means of ending nonhuman animal exploitation is to give nonhuman animals the rights associated with personhood. Francione explains that nonhuman animalsContinue reading “Book Review: Why Veganism Matters”

Book Review: The Joyful Vegan

Though many vegans consider veganism a lifelong commitment, others find themselves struggling to not revert back to old habits of consuming animal flesh and fluids. Rather than adding another text to the vegan spectrum on how or why to become vegan, notable vegan activist Colleen Patrick-Goudreau writes a guide on how to stay vegan. AwakeningContinue reading “Book Review: The Joyful Vegan”

Book Review: Always Too Much and Never Enough

In Always Too Much and Never Enough, vegan activist Jasmin Singer writes about her relationship with food, body image, and the falsehoods perpetuated by the American food industry. As Singer’s first published memoir, this book is quite a feat. Singer’s writing is humorous, honest, and very often heartbreaking.  Singer’s description of life as someone who constantly facesContinue reading “Book Review: Always Too Much and Never Enough”

Book Review: Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian’s Survival Handbook

Published in 2001, Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian’s Survival Handbook, is purported to be a much-needed text offering real-life advice to vegetarians facing resistance from omnivores. The book revolves around the belief that all meat-eaters are “blocked” vegetarians. Meaning that, essentially, while meat-eaters typically understand on some level that a plant-based diet is superior,Continue reading “Book Review: Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian’s Survival Handbook”