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My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
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May 14, 2009

really liked it
Read in August, 2006

Excellent book. Highly recommended.

First of all Ruth Ozeki's writing style is lovely-- she's very talented. Secondly, the characters she created in this novel are so interesting, vivid and thoughtful that you won't soon forget them when you've finished the book.

The book tells the story of Jane Takagi-Little, a struggling documentarian who is hired to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by an American meat exporting business. As she travels from small town to small town documenting the lives of "perfect American meat-eating families" she discovers who she is and what she really wants, but not without struggle.

The book has a number of messages at its heart. One of them is certainly that beef isn't good for you, but that's not a real shocker to anyone who's ever read a book on nutrition. The real moral of this story is to value oneself; to believe in oneself even when all the chips are down. Jane is a very sympathetic character, and her story is a true pleasure to read.
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