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Sustainable Book Club – "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" by Michael Pollan

On Thursday evening, the library hosted the Island-Wide Sustainable Book Club Discussion. 15 people gathered to discuss Michael Pollan’s book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”.

You can find a review of the book by visiting the library’s catalog, and the Sierra Club produced a useful discussion guide including links to other related resources (an interview with the author, articles, etc…) that you may find interesting.

As the meeting wrapped-up, a few stragglers continued to talk about television commercials and how they affected their parent’s choices of food and consumer products. Below are some commercials from the 50’s and 60’s that you can watch, courtesy of the Internet Archive.

October’s Book Discussion: "Cod" by Mark Kurlansky

In conjunction with The Sustainable Book Club our Book Discussion Group met recently to talk about Kurlansky’s novel “Cod”.

Spirited discussions took place at both the evening and morning sessions, with mostly praise expressed for the author’s research and writing style.

Topics that received particular attention were fish farming, the fishing industry (techniques, technology, economics, etc..), the historical significance of cod, education in schools concerning sustainability, and the social/cultural influence of this important food source.

As usual people’s personal experiences and expertise on relevant subjects greatly contributed to the conversation, and made for a thought provoking group discussion!

Kurlansky has written a number of other books that may also appeal to readers:
Salt: A World History
The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation
The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell