My Year of Meats

My Year of Meats

Book - 1999
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As she films a 52-part series on wholesome American beef for Japanese television, director Jane Takagi-Little of New York realizes she is doing her viewers a disservice and sabotages the show. Combines exposure of unhealthy production of meat and a cross-cultural view of America.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 1999
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780140280463
Branch Call Number: FICTION OZEKI 1999
Characteristics: 366, 16 pages ; 21 cm


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Strange things happen in the love lives of two women--one a Japanese-American filmmaker from New York, the other a Japanese housewife--linked by a Japanese television show sponsored by an American meat exporter.

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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!

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.

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.

Jun 26, 2008

Violence: Domestic Violence


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