Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Two books I'm reading, finally

No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution ~ by John Robbins, 2012, collection of essays, 208 pages

With words like food additives and GMOs buzzing around, it's hard to know what's best to eat.  Robbins gathered and updated articles from his Huffington Post column along with newer material on the food revolution.  You have to know food to eat food, but what happens when food companies leave some facts out?  With commentaries on what we should and shouldn’t eat (and why), Robbins tells us about his undercover investigations of feedlots and slaughterhouse and gives us a look into the importance of working for a more compassionate and environmentally responsible world.

Dubliners ~ by James Joyce, 1914, short story collection, 174 pages

Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914.  It depicts Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century, written when Irish nationalism was at its peak.  They center on Joyce's idea of an epiphany, a moment where a character experiences a life-changing self-understanding or illumination.

Though he's now considered Ireland’s greatest author and one of the most influential voices in modern literature, it took nine years for James Joyce to find a publisher for this debut volume.  Now it is regarded as one of the finest story collections in the English language.

(Different editions have different numbers of pages, but at least two are free for Kindle.)

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