I know that’s supposed to refer to voting, but I’ve stolen it for my own nefarious purposes.
Somehow, between chores and speaking engagements and eating and sleeping, I’ve managed to write another book. It was a difficult birth, but she’s almost ready to face the world. I can’t seem to make the above cover any larger, so here’s the complete title: The Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old MacDonald’s Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat.
The official release date is April 21, or May 1—I’ve seen both—but I think you could order your copy now, which would be HUGELY helpful to a writer such as myself. The bookstore owners/managers will say, “Wow, what’s this book everyone is preordering? Mayhaps I should buy more copies for the store!” (I realize few bookstore owners/managers will say ‘mayhaps,’ but I’m currently writing a pirate novel and they talk weird.)
Where to order the book? Any brick and mortar bookstore would be great because it would get the book in a bookseller’s hands, if only for a moment. But if you don’t have one available, online is just as good. Advance sales send a strong message to my publisher as well, and he might be more likely to say, “Hmmm, mayhaps I should buy another manuscript from this Catherine Friend…”
So what’s the book about? Here’s what Marion Nestle, author of What To Eat, said: “At last, the perfect book for people who would like to eat meat but have moral, ethical, or health concerns about doing so. Catherine Friend loves animals but eats meat and gives a thoughtful, personal, clear-eyed perspective on how to do both, humanely and sustainably.”
Here’s what Joan Gussow, author of This Organic Life, said: “A rich and enjoyable read…You have a great voice, and your repeated acknowledgment of the difficulty of changing the meat one eats in this insane food system–and your candor about your own inability to do so consistently–is great.”
A reviewer contacted me directly, and said, “I am impressed at your extensive research, the catchy subtitles, the layman’s terms for explaining intricate processes without sounding condescending, and how enjoyable this informative book is to read…You are so funny–I could listen to you talk all day.” (Unfortunately, since I asked her to say that last line, we should probably take it with a grain of salt.)
I’m not anti-meat, anti-veggie, anti-farmer…I’m just pro-“paying more attention to the lives of meat animals.” Hopefully the book will help people take small steps toward doing that, without going crazy. (Of course, if you’re already crazy, please don’t hold me responsible.)
More on book as the time nears…am thinking about starting a blog where compassionate carnivores can chat and exchange info, but Melissa looks at me as if I’ve grown a third head: “Two blogs?”
We’ll see… The book has its own website: www.compassionatecarnivore.com