I do wish that there were page numbers so it would be easy to single out some of my favorite cartoons. One I really like is where a non-vegan asks a v...moreI do wish that there were page numbers so it would be easy to single out some of my favorite cartoons. One I really like is where a non-vegan asks a vegan what do you eat and a reply of a full page of tons of foods and dishes and non-vegan says they don’t like any of that – but almost all of them are funny and brilliant – my only quibbles are that there is a lot of repetitiveness and I’d have liked many more cartoons.
The last 30 pages is advice to vegans on how to best deal with questions of and confrontations by non-vegans. I bought the book to support the author/artist and for the cartoons, but this Q & A section is very good. I can’t really find fault with any of it, and many answers provided are very similar to ones I’d give and have given.
This is a good, supportive, and amusing book for vegans, those who have important people in their lives who are vegan, and those interested in what it means to be vegan/veganism.(less)
Except for Thanksgiving weekend, Labor Day weekend is the most difficult holiday weekend for me, so this wasn’t a good time for me to be reading this...moreExcept for Thanksgiving weekend, Labor Day weekend is the most difficult holiday weekend for me, so this wasn’t a good time for me to be reading this book, but I guess it was good timing to finally finish it. I found it utterly devastating, though it’s such an important book, and thankfully it does offer hope and excellent suggestions in the final sections. Thank goodness viable alternatives to what is the norm are provided. Otherwise, the book would be nothing but tortuous.
My feelings about human nature are getting more and more negative as I read certain books and see certain films. I think I need a comical book next.
This book gets 5 stars because I want absolutely everyone to read it, particularly adults and adolescents somehow affected, including judges, prison and school officials, treatment program workers, teachers, foster parents, graduate students in all related fields, but everyone. Even if a reader feels nothing in this book applies to their life and they are powerless to do anything, that’s not so. If you are a voter, a citizen, a parent, an adolescent, this is a must read book, in my opinion.
I’ve read a lot and experienced a lot (thankfully never incarceration) but not since I read As We Are Now by May Sarton am I so certain death is preferable to being helpless and solely in the hands of other human beings. I could really identify with these kids. I have worked with similar kids and now I wish I could have done that even better than I did. I could have been one of these kids, as the author points out, that’s true of most people. For me, from ages 11-13 I could have ended up incarcerated and I am lucky that I did not. While I didn’t have the positive essentials for young people the authors posits, such as a supportive adult when I was at the ages of the kids whose stories are told in this book, I know that if I’d ended up at 90% of the covered places, I’d have been so much worse off, as I know I couldn’t have withstood the physical and/or sexual abuse, and the even worse isolation than I had.
I like her ideas of what our society should do, and it’s why I want everyone to read the book. Without a swell of demand, it’s not likely to happen on a wide scale.
One thing that came up for me again, is I’ve never understood why those under age 18 (maybe 24-25 since that’s when brain development is considered complete) are tried and punished as adults. I don’t care what kinds do; they’re not adults. They’re just not. In fact, when I hear of 12-17 year olds in the new who’s committed horrible crimes, if anything they tend to be immature for their ages. They’re kids, and society should have hope for the 99% of them who aren’t hard core psychopaths.
The inequities shown here are appalling but not surprising.
Anyway, I’m glad I read it, and I’m glad it was written. The author did not let down the kids she got to know, the kids she befriended. Their trust in her was earned and justified. I hope it does a tremendous amount of good.(less)
Fog is my favorite weather. On the page opposite the title page, there are simply 16 paint marks with the caption "sample of sf skies" and 1 is blue,...moreFog is my favorite weather. On the page opposite the title page, there are simply 16 paint marks with the caption "sample of sf skies" and 1 is blue, 1 is pink, 1 is black, and 13 are varying shades of gray. Ha! It’s my favorite page in the book, but much of it is good. I really like the art in this art heavy book, and the segments and people of San Francisco covered are interesting. Great idea!(less)