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The Vegan Monologues Paperback – July 1, 2009
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More About the Author
Shaberman holds a master of arts in writing from Johns Hopkins University.
His awards include the Penny Ante Humor Scholarship from the Stonecoast Writers' Conference in 2003, and Second Place at the Des Moines National Poetry Festival in May 2002.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
The Vegan Essays (part one) are especially funny.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book back when I was new to Kindle. It was cheap and I was really excited about the new device. Frankly, the purchase turned out to be a buzzkill. Read morePublished 14 months ago by animallover
It is okay. I think we both wanted to like it a lot more than we did. Not a bad read.Published 23 months ago by ljr
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 morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Shelley a York
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 on August 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 on June 8, 2013 by Tabby
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 morePublished on March 21, 2013 by deborah gooch
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 on February 1, 2013 by Clare L. Deming
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 morePublished on October 29, 2012 by ZilR