A Vegan Library

A Vegan Library
No animal products on these shelves!

by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing, November 22, 2007

I love books. I really do. That’s actually tough for me to say right now, since I’ve only been reading textbooks, academic journals, and course assignments for the past three months. Fortunately, classes will end for the semester soon and I’ll have the wonderful opportunity to relax. I’ll be able to sit with a cuppa tea, a cozy blanket, a good book… maybe even beside a roaring fire….

But what to read? Ay, there’s the rub. I think that question can be easily answered with a short story. Don’t worry kids, it’s not long.

Once upon a time, a young university student was tired of reading textbooks. One day, a church near her home had an incredible book sale bonanza – they were selling books, magazines, and music for very inexpensive prices. This student dropped in and browsed for a couple of hours, making sure to read as many titles so that she would not miss anything. To her delight, she noticed an old, musty copy of Diet for a New America by John Robbins and jumped on it. More to her delight, since we all know how cheap she is and that being a university student doesn’t leave much pocket change, the book was only seventy-five cents! She held onto that Diet for dear life, and made her way towards the check-out (a simple set up – one elderly, grandmotherly-looking lady at a table with a cash box). She made her purchase and walked home with a light step. And she, along with her new/used book, lived happily ever after. The end.

Yes, that’s my story. Wonderful? Well, I see the value in it. I haven’t read Diet for a New America yet, and know it’s a part of the animal rights canon – a must read for vegans and furry animal lovers. It’s a classic. And, now, it’s my turn to read it.

This book gave me a little inspiration. I think I’ll start a personal vegan library (or, to be clearer, a library of books related to veganism and vegan issues). And Diet for a New America will be the first volume in this library. What will I look for next? Becoming Vegan? The China Study? Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World? We’ll see what I come across – maybe I’ll be able to find VCTOW for seventy-five cents!

But first, I have to finish an essay. Then I have to read a chapter from my Canadian Politics textbook, then a section from Aristotle’s Politics. Oh, and I have three exams in the next two weeks to study for.

Did I say Christmas was just around the corner?

Laura is a university student in London, Ontario.

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