Novelist Bren McClain — One Good Mama Bone — and Free from Harm’s Robert Grillo with his new book, Farm to Fable.
Bren McClain‘s debut novel deals with an impoverished Southern widow in the early 1950s who learns the intricacies of motherhood from a cow and embarks on a suspense-filled saga to defend the bovine mom. Believe me, my description does not do justice to this incredible page-turner. Do yourself a great big favor, and treat yourself to a copy.
One Good Mama Bone on Amazon
- “McClain’s first novel resists predictability and instead weaves together questions about poverty, class, violence, and religion. . . . A thought-provoking story about families and the animals who sustain them.”―Kirkus Reviews
- “First-time novelist McClain draws on her family’s history in the rural South to create a cast of deeply relatable characters, both human and animal, who readers will find themselves rooting for until the very last page.”―Booklist (starred review)
Robert Grillo has written the most unique book about going vegan I have ever read. Rather than telling us how to do this, or even why, he addresses a much more crucial issue at this point in history: Why aren’t more people doing this? What is it in our animal-consuming culture that convinces the vast majority of us, generation to generation, that slaughtering our fellow beings needs to be the norm? This is a fascinating — and important — read.
Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal-Consuming Culture on Amazon
Blast from the past! We talked today about cows and chickens and the genuine importance of animals in their own right, and this brought me back to the program we did almost exactly a year ago today. It was the interview with photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, featured in the documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine. Jo-Anne’s work chronicles the experience of being nonhuman across North America and around the world. The interview with her is moving and profound. Do listen, or a re-listen: http://www.unity.fm/episode/MainStreetVegan_022416