"Eating Animals" -- A Conversation with Jonathan Safran Foer

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You might have been a little bit surprised to hear that Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book is a work of non-fiction. After all, he has more than proven that he can make a pretty good living writing novels. His first was based loosely on his own experience as an American teenager travelling in Europe. He took a 3-day detour to Ukraine, to try to find the woman who had saved his grandmother from the Nazis. Six years later, Everything Is Illuminated was published. Words like "dazzling", "hilarious", "tragic", and "genius". Appeared in almost every review. Jonathan Safran Foer was, at the time, twenty-five-years-old.

Three years after that...Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

We accompany nine year old Oskar Schell as he tries to cope with the death of his father on September 11, 2001. It's hard to put down, and it established Safran Foer as one of the great writers of his generation.

His novels explore humanity's attempt to understand suffering, Safran Foer looks at tragedy, and refuses to look the other way.

Turns out that the suffering he saw on his dinner plate was no exception.

Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book, Eating Animals, is the story of his own personal journey to stop eating animals. And it is his best effort to persuade you that you should stop eating them too. It is published in Canada by Little Brown and Company. Jonathan Safran Foer was in our studio in New York.

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