The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones

My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals

Book - 2012
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Jonathan Safran Foer meets Jeffrey Moussaieff Mason in a poignant, provocative memoir of survival, compassion, and awakening to the reality of our food system.

Jenny Brown was just ten years old when she lost a leg to bone cancer. Throughout the ordeal, her constant companion was a cat named Boogie. Years later, she would make the connection between her feline friend and the farm animals she ate, acknowledging that most of America's domesticated animals live on industrialized farms, and are viewed as mere production units. Raised in a conservative Southern Baptist family in Kentucky, Brown had been taught to avoid asking questions. But she found her calling and the courage to speak out. She left a flourishing career as a film and television producer after going undercover and exposing horrific animal abuse in Texas stockyards.

Bringing to life this exhilarating transformation, The Lucky Ones introduces readers to Brown's crowning achievement, the renowned Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary she established with her husband in 2004. With a cast of unforgettable survivors, including a fugitive slaughterhouse cow named Kayli; Albie, the three-legged goat; and Quincy, an Easter duckling found abandoned in New York City, The Lucky Ones reveals shocking statistics about the prevalence of animal abuse throughout America's agribusinesses.  Blending wry humor with unflinching honesty, Brown brings a compelling new voice to the healthy-living movement--and to the vulnerable, voiceless creatures among us.
Publisher: New York : Avery, c2012
ISBN: 9781583334416
1583334416
Characteristics: xiv, 289 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Primack, Gretchen

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mudflaps75
Feb 06, 2013

I can't recommend this book enough! REQUIRED READING.

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tbcookie
Nov 23, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and found it to be a good balance between memoir and information pertaining to animal welfare. I’m a bit confused by another reader’s comment that this book is merely a backdrop for the author’s animal rights agenda. I disagree, and feel this book is a main stage for the author’s cause, because that’s what a book titled “The Lucky Ones: My passionate Fight for Farm Animals” written by the founder of a rescue sanctuary would and should be. I certainly don’t feel the author discredits herself in any way. There are no smoke and mirrors here, just real, and sometimes painful stories that perhaps feel extreme to those who don’t realize these things are, in fact, the norm.

PETA is mentioned, and the author did some documentary work for them along the path of her career, which had a profound impact on her. But this book is about a woman discovering her passion, making life-changing choices to follow that passion, learning and growing, and building a life in line with her values.

This book is about compassion. It’s about valuing the lives of all the earth’s creatures. It’s about allowing new information to challenge our assumptions. And it is also about choice.

ltrout Nov 13, 2012

The title of this book is deceiving. I thought it would be about animals, but it is mostly about P.E.T.A. As I find in most people that go to extreme with causes, they take it so far that they discredit themselves. This is the case with this book. The "lucky ones" are a backdrop for her animal rights agenda. She does make some valid points, but I got turned off with the extreme.

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HereHere
Sep 26, 2012

An inspiring story of how a childhood cancer survivor becomes a protector of animals, and eventually manages to open and run her own sanctuary. With a wee bit of romance added in.

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