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The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Brown
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jonathan Safran Foer meets Jeffrey Moussaieff Mason in a poignant, provocative memoir of  survival, compassion, and awakening to the reality of our food system.

Jenny Brown was ten years old when she lost a leg to bone cancer. Throughout the ordeal, her constant companion was a cat named Boogie. Years later, she would make the connection between her feline friend and the farm animals she ate, acknowledging that most of America’s domesticated animals live on industrialized farms, and are viewed as mere production units. Raised in a conservative Southern Baptist family in Kentucky, Brown had been taught to avoid asking questions. But she found her passion and the courage to speak out.

The Lucky Ones introduces readers to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary which Brown established with her husband in 2004. With a cast of unforgettable survivors, including a fugitive slaughterhouse cow named Kayli; Albie, the three-legged goat; and Quincy, an Easter duckling found abandoned in New York City, The Lucky Ones reveals shocking statistics about the prevalence of animal abuse throughout America’s agribusinesses.  Blending wry humor with unflinching honesty, Brown brings a compelling new voice to the healthy-living movement—and to the vulnerable, voiceless creatures among us.

Editorial Reviews


"I've been a fan of Jenny's sense of humor and passion for years, but my appreciation has just reached a whole new level. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. I laughed, I cried, and I marveled at this remarkable woman and her incredible story. The Lucky Ones is an absolute treasure."
– Rory Freedman, bestselling author of Skinny Bitch

The Lucky Ones is a passionate, approachable story that lets us see the connections between us and the rest of the being with whom we share the planet. It'll make you want to hug a bunny!”
–Isa Chandra Moskowitz, bestselling author of Vegan with a Vengeance

"If you care about animals, and if you believe that actions speak louder than words, The Lucky Ones is written for you. It will open your heart and inspire you to greater alignment between your compassion and your life. Jenny Brown's book is beautiful and a blessing."
–John Robbins, bestselling author of The Food Revolution

“Most people are grossly uninformed about the abuses and hazards of animal agriculture. Shining a light on the appalling practices behind America’s agribusinesses, The Lucky Ones is an eye-opening, candid, and irreverently funny memoir from an inspirational activist who shows how much difference one person can make in the world.”
–Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary and bestselling author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food

“Jenny is a bold, straight-shooting activist whose inspiring story will motivate everyone who wants to help end the suffering of those who can't speak for themselves.”
–Doron Petersan, author of Sticky Fingers’ Sweets

“Jenny Brown is a tireless advocate for precious, yet voiceless creatures everywhere. Her new book The Lucky Ones is powerful, beautiful and heartbreaking – in the best way. This book could change the world, but only if you read it.” –Kris Carr, bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Diet

About the Author

Jenny Brown is the cofounder and director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary—a not-for-profit organization and farm animal shelter—a vegan animal rights activist, and previously worked as a television producer until 2002.

Poet and journalist Gretchen Primack is the author of the chapbook, The Slow Creaking of Planets.

Both authors live in Ulster County, New York.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1914 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00D9TD8S0
  • Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (August 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073XV5KG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable story from a remarkable woman August 6, 2012
Jenny Brown is one of the most respected and effective voices in the animal rights movement. In this autobiography/memoir, she digs deep into her youth - overcoming cancer, a Southern Baptist upbringing, and 80s hairdos - and then propels herself forward as only a woman with a bionic leg can do.

There are many books (and films) that help answer the question of why animal rights activists do what they do. This is a rare book that also explains for *whom* they do it. As the founder of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York State, she has a very different experience of the modern food system. (Spoiler alert: not all of the sanctuary residents are from factory farms. Some of them are from happy, local, small family farms people would consider "humane.")

So while each chapter adds to her life story, it also introduces some of the animals at the sanctuary and tells their life story as well. It's clear that Brown's intention is to tell non-vegan readers the truth about where and whom their food comes from, and I grant you this will make many people uncomfortable (although her descriptions are very gentle). In response to the inevitable negative reviews, I can only say that if you'd had her experiences, with life and animals both, you would understand why she came to the ethical and moral conclusions she did.

Very few of us have the opportunity to interact with farm animals in an environment where they live freely and safely. For those on the other side of the country who can't feasibly visit Woodstock Sanctuary, "The Lucky Ones" is the next best thing - like having a chitchat with the author over some strong coffee in a farmhouse kitchen where the cats and the ducks mingle peaceably.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think while melting your heart August 6, 2012
"The Lucky Ones" kept me turning page after breathless page. With its mix of heart, humor, moxie and unadorned unveiling of the painful facts behind factory farming it's an accessible and important read. Farm animals were never at the top of my agenda, but after reading the book, it's impossible to look away any longer. By telling the story in a human and humane way, Brown and Primack not only bring the characters of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary alive, they bring the much larger story to the reader and the world. Bravo and wow.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Woman's Search for Meaning August 2, 2012
"For success, like happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's dedication to a cause greater than oneself." - Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

In bookstores, "The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals," by Jenny Brown with Gretchen Primack, will take its place on the shelves next to other books about animal abuse, animal rights, veganism and other social causes. But "The Lucky Ones" is more than that. Yes, all these important issues are covered in depth but to me, this book is a story about love, courage and finding one's identity and meaning in life. It is about finding the gift in one's loss and turning tragedy into triumph. "The Lucky Ones" is not just a story about rescued animals. It is a moving tale of how one young girl not only courageously faced her pain but used it as a catalyst to become a woman who would change the world for the better.

When Jenny Brown, an active athletic child, lost her leg to cancer at the early age of ten years old, her carefree days of childhood were replaced with pain, illness, chemotherapy treatments, and physical deformity. Rather than hide from the world, Jenny strove for normalcy with courage, the support of her family and especially, humor. One moment you are crying as you read about the tremendous fear and pain Jenny suffers. The next you find yourself laughing as she makes fun of herself and her once-humiliating experiences. From the beginning you know this is no ordinary woman.It is because of her illness and her first companion animal, a cat named "Boogie," that Jenny made her first connection between humans' lives and those of animals. She identified with Boogie's vulnerability, defenselessness and lack of rights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular August 9, 2012
I just downloaded the sample version of this book and will be buying the entire book today. I have to say Jenny Brown is an inspiration to all of us. My father worked for Cudahay Bar-S when I was a child and we ate steaks every night. I quit eating red meat after my 20's. Now that I am older, my husband and I stopped eating meat in 2008. It was a gradual thing. We started with a veggie sandwich on Sunday evenings. You know 100% whole grain bread toasted, Veganaise, sweet onion slice, avocado, Tempeh bacon or soy, tomato slices. Then we decided we need to lower our Cholesterol and did more veggie meals. I used to make salads living in Arizona for the summer with chicken. Then I decided to try pecans or slivered almonds. I'd make a Mandarin orange, organic baby greens, slivered almonds and a "Chinese chicken salad" dressing. Really you can buy that in the grocery store! It worked! No chicken now at all! Thanksgiving I made a totally vegetarian meal even gravy! It was challenging and fun! I am so passionate about my food now. Last year we stopped eating fish. This year we stopped drinking milk. We drink almond milk which I cannot figure out why we humans didn't think of that in the beginning! It makes so much more sense! There are so many products you can buy that won't effect the animals lives. Now, I want to get the lobsters out of the fish tanks in the grocery stores. Do you know they don't feed them!?! I don't understand "factory farming" and why they treat our "food" so disgustingly. Torture, neglect and maiming all the animals. If I was rich, I'd do what Jenny Brown is doing. I truly hate how animals are treated. Do you know here in Arizona, livestock, horses, goats and sheep do not HAVE to have shade!!! It is going to be 116 degrees today. Some of these animals are dark colored. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, authentic and life-changing.
This is a life-changing book; well written, easy and fun to read in parts as it recounts the author's journey leading up to her life's work, nearly unbearable in others as it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Art and Wellness
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great rescue organisation
Another great rescue organisation. Wonderful read, very inspiring. Makes you want to start up your own rescue sanctuary....there's so much need out there.
Published 3 months ago by Fiona from Aus
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruelty beyond belief
Despite knowing most of the horrendous contents of this book, I still had to skip over certain passages because they were so disturbing. Ms. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Faith G. Coulson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. The writing is good and the story of the journey to create the sanctuary is absorbing. Highly recommend this book.
Published 4 months ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is one of the most inspiring and most informative book I have ever read.
Published 5 months ago by Jenna Miles
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful book
This is a wonderful story laced with some very important information.
I read it while on vacation at the farm and it was a fantastic experience. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shell Lillian
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend !
Love it, she's a sweetheart and the book is hard to put down. Wish every one would read it, thanks
Published 7 months ago by Belle O.Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Written in an accessible way that kept me engaged on a topic I am passionate about. It helps me enjoy the fantasy of having my own sanctuary!
Published 7 months ago by Katie Keyser
5.0 out of 5 stars The horrific truth of farmed animals. A must read,
Compassionate! However, the truth of farmed animal is eye opening and shocking....please everyone wake up and put your heart first not your taste buds.... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Denise Guido
5.0 out of 5 stars A Call for Compassion...
“The Lucky Ones” by Jenny Brown is a book I’d been meaning to read since it’s release and just never seemed to get around to. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kyleigh
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