Title: HerlandAuthor: Charlotte Perkins GilmanPublication: 1915Rating: 2.75/5 starsCW/TW: mentions of rape/sexual assaultNotes: Vegan Book Club's April 2021 group read A meat-free society with no men? Huh, I can’t imagine why anyone would consider that a utopia! When Charlotte Perkins Gilman had something to say, she did not pull any punches. This is true for her… Continue reading REVIEW: Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
"What is so special about the form of consciousness that we recognize that makes killing a bearer of it a crime while killing an animal goes unpunished?" Title: Elizabeth CostelloAuthor: J.M. CoetzeePublication: 2003Rating: 2/5 starsCW/TW: N/ANotes: Vegan Book Club‘s January 2020 group read Elizabeth Costello. Writer. Vegetarian. Mother. Grandmother. Sister. These are the titles that are arguably… Continue reading REVIEW: Elizabeth Costello by J.M. Coetzee
“Like any other person, Léa had her own strengths, a potential that she alone could tap into, the ability to create something unique, even if on a modest scale, and nobody on earth would detract her from this goal.” Title: The Green and the RedAuthor: Armand Chauvel; Elisabeth Lyman (translator)Publication: 2014Rating: 2.5/5 starsCW/TW: N/ANotes: Vegan… Continue reading REVIEW: The Green and the Red by Armand Chauvel
“Hate is just fear in drag.” Title: Like a Love StoryAuthor: Abdi NazemianPublication: 2019Rating: 4/5 starsCW/TW: homophobia, racism, illness + death, fat-shaming New York City might be considered progressive due to its diverse population, but in 1989 - and probably still in 2019 - it was still a city that reeked of homophobia and racism.… Continue reading REVIEW: Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
"They own themselves. They don't belong to you." Title: Xenogenesis/Lilith's BroodAuthor: Octavia E. ButlerPublication: 1987-89Rating: 3/5 stars (for the whole series)CW/TW: violence, child abuse, murder, rape Between the months of August and October, Vegan Book Club, an online community that gathers on Goodreads (and sometimes Instagram) to discuss, well, vegan books (duh), had been reading… Continue reading REVIEW: Octavia E. Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy
“Sister...all the trees of the world are like brothers and sisters.” Title: The Vegetarian Author: Han Kang Publication: 2007 Rating: 3/5 stars CW/TW: abuse, rape, sexual assault The Vegetarian by Han Kang is a relatively short read (the English edition clocks in at 188 pages), but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Originally published in 2007… Continue reading Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Last year, I wrote a post on my need for a fictional vegan heroine that I can relate to in the novels I read. Yes, I'm still looking for her, but I'm confident that one day, I'll find her (or who knows, maybe write her?). Since then, I've been reading a lot, with special thanks… Continue reading A Vegan Book Club, Anyone?