My Year of Meats

My Year of Meats

eBook - 1998
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When documentary maker Jane Takagi-Little finally lands a job producing a Japanese television show that just happens to be sponsored by an American meat-exporting business, she uncovers some unsavoury truths about love, fertility, and a dangerous hormone called DES. Soon she will also cross paths with Akiko Ueno, a beleaguered Japanese housewife struggling to escape her overbearing husband. And the battle with 'big beef' will be on in earnest.

Ruth Ozeki's much-loved debut novel, winner of the Kirayama Prize for Literature of the Pacific Rim, represents the entertaining face of ecological activism. It will delight fans of Michael Pollan, Margaret Atwood and Barbara Kingsolver.

Ruth Ozeki was born and raised in Connecticut by an American father and a Japanese mother. She has lived in Japan, where among other things she worked as a bar hostess and studied flower arrangement, Noh drama and mask carving. Ruth practises Zen Buddhism and was ordained as a priest in 2010. She is the bestselling author of A Tale for the Time Being and All Over Creation .

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'Ruth Ozeki masks a deeper purpose a light tone...A comical-satirical-farcical-epical-tragical-romantical novel.' Jane Smiley, Chicago Tribune

'A joy to read.' Elle

'Wonderfully wild and bracing...A feast that leaves you hungry for whatever Ozeki cooks up next.' Newsweek

'Romance, agri-business, self-discovery, cross-cultural misunderstanding - it takes a talent like Ruth Ozeki's to blend all these ingredients beautifully together. My Year of Meats is a sensitive and compelling portrait of two modern women.' Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1998.
ISBN: 9781922148568
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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bjl06e
Mar 10, 2016

Might make you go vegetarian.

Fascinating yet a bit disturbing investigation on the cultural implications of meat interwoven with ideals of gender identity. I couldn't put it down but you might want to reconsider reading over a hamburger lunch break (or at least be sure of where the beef came from).

Wendy McLeod

mjkedzior Oct 14, 2013

I never would have picked up this book without a recommendation. It was wonderful, funny and thought provoking. Now I will keep a look out for this author.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 17, 2013

Jane Takagi-Little is a starving documentary filmmaker who finally lands a job producing a Japanese television show promoting BEEFEX (US beef export agency). She takes her crew on the road in search of all-American wives cooking all-American meat, and to her surprise finds that this assignment raises questions not just about her own life, but also about sex, love and fertility. Aikiko is a Tokyo housewife who each week has to cook the “Meat of the Week” from the latest episode of the TV program My American Wife! for her husband, an advertising executive working with BEEFEX. Ozeki brings these two worlds together, tackling questions concerning the beef industry, cultural differences, gender roles and sexual exploitation. You will laugh and later cringe reading this novel whether you are a vegetarian or just looking for a fantastic, funny and thoughtful read.

LProfeta Aug 22, 2012

Looking for a president of female gender, people laugh and that's when I know it's right, why drag forever, why ladies, for sure help with heart!

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pplarel
Jun 07, 2012

I loved this book, I could barely put it down! I enjoyed the juxtaposition between the different cultures along with all the different romantic relationships. It was very humorous and also heartfelt. I'm a vegetarian and found the presentation of the meat industry in this fashion very interesting and enlightening.

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tegan
May 25, 2009

This book opens your eyes to the issues surrounding factory farming, while engaging you through excellent characters.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: Domestic Violence

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