*Animal Liberation by Peter Singer, which I began but couldn't go through with reading.Animal Lib
*Dominion by Matthew Skully
is the most influential book I've ever read...picked it up 16 years ago after I decided to go veg b/c of not wanting to contribute to killing animals, but it made me first decide to go VEGAN b/c of not wanting to contribute to SUFFERING! And the reason I quoted you on both these books is that even after 16 years, I still haven't been able to bear reading Animal Lib
for long enough to finish the book, the expose is so appalling! I acquired Dominion
in the fall of 2005 and made little dents in it here and there...for the same reason, wasn't able to read the whole thing.
*Peace to All Beings -- Veggie Soup for the Chicken's Soul by Judy Carman
I'm going to have to get this one! I always rolled my eyes when I saw Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
and said to myself, "Why don't they just write one for the vegetarian soul and perfect the irony?" Finally!
My 2nd most influential book (really can't cite Dominion, as I haven't yet read enough) is a tie between The Women's Room
by Marilyn French (a feminist novel), and Feeding the Hungry Heart
, by Geneen Roth (a compilation of writings by women who suffer or used to suffer from binge eating).