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Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Eating Animals

i8pixistix, March 9, 2010

More than even Barbara Kingsolver or Mark Bittman, "Eating Animals" is easily one of the most influential books I've read in a long while. Without being preachy, Jonathan Safran Foer takes the reader through the evolution of farming to the corporate-run manufacturing and processing plants that produce our poultry, fish, pork and beef today. He matter of factly lays out the entire journey of how our food is bread, slaughtered and brought to our table. Along the way, he is constantly asking of himself, "Is this right for me and my family?"

I was most definitely challenged to the point of asking myself the exact same thing and after reading "Eating Animals" there doesn't seem to be a way to go back.
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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

i8pixistix, January 27, 2010

What an eye-opener. I knew the world had dropped the ball on Rwanda but I had no idea to what extent. If ever the term "Never Again" had any relevance, it is in Rwanda. This should be required reading for any student with an interest world history.
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Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart by Tim Butcher
Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart

i8pixistix, January 27, 2010

It's incredible to read that the older generations are the ones with more knowledge of the outside world, technology and education than the children living there today today. As Tim Butcher and many others on his journey said - The Congo doesn't need money - they need the rule of law and a justice system to get the country back on track. Until then, it will sadly remain Africa's Broken Heart.
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It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita by Heather Armstrong
It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita

i8pixistix, November 11, 2009

As a reader of Heather Armstrong's blog Dooce®, I already knew about her sharp sense of humour and self-deprecation. She brings all that and so much more to her book. In describing her pregnancy and the birth of her first daughter mixed up with her mental health and anxiety, she makes it digestible for everyone - in a similar fashion to Doug Fine in Farewell My Subaru, disarming and accessible. While I was hoping to get more of a picture of Heather in the vein of Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, there is plenty enough substance to help the reader understand what is was that Heather (and many other women) go through.
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Plenty Enough Suck to Go Around: A Memoir of Floods, Fires, Parades, and Plywood by Cheryl Wagner
Plenty Enough Suck to Go Around: A Memoir of Floods, Fires, Parades, and Plywood

i8pixistix, November 9, 2009

A good, but tough book to read. It's the kind of book you struggle through not because it's poorly written, but because the author does such a good job of making you feel her anxiety, frustration and zillion other emotions. It still blows my mind how colossally the government (federal, state and local) screwed up on Katrina and the rippling effects, even years later, that has had on the people of New Orleans and the other hard-hit Gulf-coast regions effected by this massive storm. Nothing like this should EVER happen again
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