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February 6, 2011 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ February 7th

Mailbox Monday was created by The Printed Page. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their home last week.

Mailbox Monday is currently on tour, hosted by a different blog each month. This month’s host is Laura @ Library of Clean Reads.

Last week’s new books were:
 

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, a win from So Many Precious Books, So Little Time.

Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits-from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth-and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting. Marked by Foer’s profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we’ve told-and the stories we now need to tell.

 

The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And How We Can Make It Better by Annie Leonard from Simon & Schuster for a
Free Press blog tour. Tour date is February 22nd.

We have a problem with Stuff. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, we’re consuming 30 percent of the world’s resources and creating 30 percent of the world’s waste. … In her sweeping, groundbreaking book, Leonard tracks the life of the Stuff we use every day—where our cotton T-shirts, laptop computers, and aluminum cans come from, how they are produced, distributed, and consumed, and where they go when we throw them out. Like Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, The Story of Stuff is a landmark book that will change the way people think—and the way they live.

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  1. Mrs. Q: Book Addict / Feb 6 2011 2:41 pm

    I’ve heard really good things about Eating Animals. I hope you enjoy your new reads.

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  2. Lady Q / Feb 6 2011 3:33 pm

    You’ve got a couple of thinking books this week! I’ve seen The Story of Stuff before, and it looks like the one I would enjoy. Thanks for visiting my Mailbox! Happy reading!

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  3. Laura Fabiani / Feb 6 2011 3:36 pm

    Ah..the kind of books that make you say, “Mmmmmm…” Enjoy them!

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  4. Yvonne / Feb 6 2011 3:57 pm

    Hi Leslie,

    ‘The Story Of Stuff’ jumped off the page at me, definitely one I should consider buying for my husband. We have many heated debates about the state of our country (UK) and society in general and he will always expound the same theory, that we have to consume less before anything will start to change, I guess this book will just uphold that view and then some!

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    • Leslie / Feb 7 2011 1:31 pm

      I’m anxious to read this one. I’m a big believer in recycling and keeping things out of the landfill.

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  5. kaye / Feb 6 2011 6:05 pm

    I keep saying we have too much “stuff”. The state of the landfills concerns me. That book looks mighty interesting.

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  6. laurelrainsnow / Feb 6 2011 6:29 pm

    These sound like important books to read…thanks for sharing.

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  7. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries / Feb 6 2011 9:06 pm

    Eating Animals is one that my daughter wants me to get for her!! Enjoy the new reads!

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  8. RAnn / Feb 6 2011 11:16 pm

    Yea we all have too much stuff–but my stuff provides a living for someone so its not all bad

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    • Leslie / Feb 7 2011 1:44 pm

      That’s true. Our economy depends on us buying more stuff. I like to see our old stuff get passed on or repurposed rather than go in a landfill.

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  9. Suko / Feb 6 2011 11:34 pm

    Both sound like very interesting books with important messages. I hope you enjoy them.

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  10. Mystica / Feb 7 2011 12:34 am

    These sound different kind of reading but still good. Enjoy.

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  11. Elysium / Feb 7 2011 5:27 am

    I just read an arcticle which mentioned Eating Animals last week and it sounded thought provoking. Enjoy!

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  12. eternalised / Feb 7 2011 5:27 am

    Sound like interesting books. Enjoy reading! Here’s my Mailbox.

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  13. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Feb 7 2011 5:35 am

    Eating Animals is one that I have been curious about –enjoy

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  14. Coffee and a Book Chick / Feb 7 2011 6:23 am

    Eating Animals is supposed to be a good one, looking forward to it. Here’s my Mailbox: Coffee and a Book Chick — Mailbox Monday…

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  15. bermudaonion / Feb 7 2011 7:00 am

    Eating Animals should be interesting!

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  16. Mary / Feb 7 2011 9:44 am

    Eating Animals has been on my reading radar for a while. I hope you enjoy it!

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  17. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / Feb 7 2011 11:00 am

    The Story of Stuff sounds interesting. Looking forward to your thoughts.

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  18. The Story of Stuff sounds really interesting 🙂

    Here’s my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

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  19. avisannschild / Feb 7 2011 10:42 pm

    I’m jealous, I wanted to win Eating Animals! And that second book sounds like one I must read. Enjoy both your books!

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