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The Vegan Monologues [Kindle Edition]

Ben Shaberman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There's nothing funny about being a vegan, unless you're humorist Ben Shaberman. Shaberman explores the lighter side of one of the world's fastest growing life choices: living meat-free. From social absurdities to his own foibles, Shaberman's reflections will put a smile on the lips of vegans and omnivores alike. Ben Shaberman's essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Vegetarian Times, VegNews, and a variety of other publications. His commentaries have also been carried by NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR in Baltimore and Des Moines. He earned a master's degree in poetry from Johns Hopkins University, and is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Rave Reviews for The Vegan Monologues

“Smart, wry, and just a little bit cynical, Ben Shaberman’s Vegan Monologues parlays the author’s unique sense of humor into a readable tome that elucidates the joys—and tribulations—of the meat-free lifestyle.”
- Aurelia d’Andrea, Editorial Director, VegNews Magazine

“Ben Shaberman has a remarkable talent: He writes entertaining stories with a vegetarian focus. His essays are insightful and intelligent, and they’ll make you laugh out loud. He is entertaining to the end.”
- Shane Speer, Former Deputy Editor, Vegetarian Times

“Ben’s warm writing takes equal aim at social absurdities and his own human vulnerabilities. This book is for all of us who find ourselves searching for meaning in the routine triumphs and disappointments of our everyday lives.”
- Aaron Henkin, Co-Producer, WYPR (NPR in Baltimore)

Product Details

  • File Size: 202 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Apprentice House (July 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002NU5FGY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable Essays! May 3, 2009
Once I started reading The Vegan Monologues, I couldn't put it down. Shaberman's voice, a combination of wit and uncompromising honesty, kept me captivated throughout the delightful (and often delectable) journey of essays related to his uncompromising stance as a vegan and human observer. The theme of veganism in the first section, "Is that a Carrot in your Pocket?," pulls the essays together, yet still allows for the thought provoking diversions that color Shaberman's memories and further develop the poignancy of his experiences in the second section, "Twigs and Seeds."

Lines like "Tofu is to a vegetarian like duct tape is to a handyman" highlight the mass appeal of Shaberman's book, as his words connect his vegan lifestyle to the practices of "carnivores" with humorous and surprising accuracy. Readers of all dietary lifestyles are able to fully appreciate Shaberman's approach, finding a comfort level that is appropriate, yet still tantalizing.

Shaberman's ability to find accessible language that pushes past the conventional experience is original and refreshing. In a manner that reflects his own self described subtle method of proselytizing, the reader learns about the nuances of vegetarianism "through their own actions" of reading and consuming Shaberman's carefully prepared and textured words.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Essays on Livin' La Vida Boca. March 31, 2009
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I accidentally bought this book. Or, rather, it was an impulse buy. Or both. I was Google-ing something else (I can't remember what), and somehow this book showed up in a Google search. And then I bought it. I couldn't resist. But the point of this meandering story is that: this very short collection of essays is brilliant and highly entertaining!

I loved every single essay. They are hilarious and poignant, educational and, well, completely the opposite of that. The very first essay actually made me tear up (for a few seconds) reading about the author's partner's dying cat (I had to have a dramatic vegan moment, mais oui!), and then I laughed again two sentences later when Shaberman reaches for his inhaler (I don't want to give away too much).

This book took me less than two hours to read from cover to cover. I didn't want it to end, of course; but I also felt more than a little bit appreciative of the fact that the author didn't stick any fluff in this collection--choosing quality over quantity (I didn't just think this quality was simply rare, I thought it was extinct!). To borrow an ad jingle, The Vegan Monologues is good to the last drop. Plus, it's cheaper than the vegan Chinese take-out the author is apparently obsessed with---with less fat. I recommend that you, too, commit an impulse buy, right away.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Monologues is like brain candy August 6, 2009
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I, too, bought this book on impulse. Amazon has this little trick - when you're about to purchase a book, a message pops up that says "Spend a little more and get free shipping." Who could I purchased this book. What a pleasant surprise and what a treat to read! I say it's like mind candy because I just finished studying for a designation that took me 4 years to get. This was the first book I picked up after passing my last exam. It was like getting that dessert your mother dangled over your head until you finished your meal....(with a little soy whipped cream.)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! May 5, 2009
As a twenty plus year vegan, I purchased this book expecting stereotypical mocking of my lifestyle choice resulting in a chuckle or two. Instead, I discovered a great little book with heart where veganism is both celebrated and mocked for quite a few good laughs.

This book is highly enjoyable with plenty of essays for herbivores and carnivores alike. My favorite essay of part one is "Forty-six Years, Forty-seven Questions." Part two has so many great essays including "Hardcore Entomology" (you gotta love a guy who writes about insect porn), "A Lesson in What We Don't Know" (with an amazing quote from Einstein) and the touching "A Long Lost Life Slips into Focus."

This book is worth every single penny. Order it now. You won't be sorry!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous... and non-veggie friendly as well December 9, 2009
By goveg
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Loved this book... really! Bought four extra copies for Christmas presents for non-vegan friends. The book is funny at times, serious at others, and the stories will make you smile. It's a short, easy read (and a great gift for those you are trying to gently nudge into a kinder lifestyle).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who says vegans have no sense of humor? June 20, 2009
Wonderful snippets about life as a vegan, but I was pleasantly surprised that the book covers much more ground, including touching essays about friends and family. Would make a great gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Helpful July 17, 2009
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This is a fun and entertaining read. Ben's writing style is captivating. I'm a writer and found myself taking notes throughout the book. I will be using some of Ben's strategies in my own articles.

The Vegan Essays (part one) are especially funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok September 26, 2010
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This was a fast read for sure. The lettering is very large and skips every other line it amounts to about 40 pages of actual text. Definately not worth the money. It probably should have been a short story in redbook not a book. The stories were mildly amusing but nothing special. The book is not about the author's venture into veganism as I thought it would be. I wouldn't recommend it for the price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I got this for my vegan husband as a gift.
It is okay. I think we both wanted to like it a lot more than we did. Not a bad read.
Published 7 months ago by ljr
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
I have been reading a lot of books on veganism and learning a lot on how to be a better vegan I have enjoyed those books very much but sometimes the subject gets a bit heavy when... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Shelley york
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Not that good. I was pretty disappointed after reading a bit of this. It wasn't what I wanted. I didn't read much of it, but why I read was disappointing.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Writers who just happen to be vegan.
This book, at least in the beginning(I didn't keep reading" is not really about veganism. It's more stories about people who just happen to be vegan. Dislike.
Published 15 months ago by Tabby
2.0 out of 5 stars Vegan mono
The book did read fast and was okay but I thought it would have been better.or at least have more on vegan diet or life style.. Read more
Published 18 months ago by deborah gooch
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
My brother asked for this. It was quite a thin book, but I supposed if I'd looked at the page count, I'd have seen that it was short. My brother seemed excited to get this.
Published 20 months ago by Clare L. Deming
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Informative
First off, vegan or not, everyone should read this book. Yes, there is mention of being vegan, and the first section of the book is a compilation of stories that are more vegan... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just vegetables!
I just sat down and re-read a few of my favorite essays from this thoughtful, though-provoking, and often hilarious book. Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by Ellen from Baltimore
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, vegan or not!
I picked up this book a couple years ago and brought it with me on a road trip. On the way back I read a bunch of the essays out loud to the person driving and we were both... Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by Jillian Borchard
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great
This book is more or less a collection of short stories about the author's life experiences (some vegan & some not). Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Paul E. Mathematics
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