My Year of Meats

My Year of Meats

Book - 1998
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When Jane Takagi-Little finally lands a job-producing a Japanese television show sponsored by BEEF-EX, an organization promoting the export of U.S. meats-she takes her crew on the road in search of all-American wives cooking all-American meat. Over the course of filming, though, Jane makes a few troubling discoveries about both. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, in Japan, Akiko Ueno watches My American Wife! and diligently prepares Coca-Cola Roast and Panfried Prairie Oysters for her husband, John, (the ad-agency rep for the show's sponsor). As Akiko fills out his questionnaires, rating each show on Authenticity, Wholesomeness, and Deliciousness of Meat, certain ominous questions about her own life-and the fact that after each meal she has to go to the bathroom and throw up-begin to surface. A tale of love, global media, and the extraordinary events in the lives of two ordinary women, counterpointed by Sei Shonagon's vibrant commentary, this first novel by filmmaker Ruth L. Ozeki-as insightful and moving as the novels of Amy Tan, as original as Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. or John Irving-is a sparkling and original debut from a major new talent.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1998.
ISBN: 9780670879045
0670879045
Branch Call Number: OZEK
Characteristics: 366p. 24cm.

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bjl06e
Mar 10, 2016

Might make you go vegetarian.

Fascinating yet a bit disturbing investigation on the cultural implications of meat interwoven with ideals of gender identity. I couldn't put it down but you might want to reconsider reading over a hamburger lunch break (or at least be sure of where the beef came from).

Wendy McLeod

mjkedzior Oct 14, 2013

I never would have picked up this book without a recommendation. It was wonderful, funny and thought provoking. Now I will keep a look out for this author.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 17, 2013

Jane Takagi-Little is a starving documentary filmmaker who finally lands a job producing a Japanese television show promoting BEEFEX (US beef export agency). She takes her crew on the road in search of all-American wives cooking all-American meat, and to her surprise finds that this assignment raises questions not just about her own life, but also about sex, love and fertility. Aikiko is a Tokyo housewife who each week has to cook the “Meat of the Week” from the latest episode of the TV program My American Wife! for her husband, an advertising executive working with BEEFEX. Ozeki brings these two worlds together, tackling questions concerning the beef industry, cultural differences, gender roles and sexual exploitation. You will laugh and later cringe reading this novel whether you are a vegetarian or just looking for a fantastic, funny and thoughtful read.

LProfeta Aug 22, 2012

Looking for a president of female gender, people laugh and that's when I know it's right, why drag forever, why ladies, for sure help with heart!

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pplarel
Jun 07, 2012

I loved this book, I could barely put it down! I enjoyed the juxtaposition between the different cultures along with all the different romantic relationships. It was very humorous and also heartfelt. I'm a vegetarian and found the presentation of the meat industry in this fashion very interesting and enlightening.

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tegan
May 25, 2009

This book opens your eyes to the issues surrounding factory farming, while engaging you through excellent characters.

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Jun 26, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Jun 26, 2008

Violence: Domestic Violence

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