Sage Mountain Reads

Sage Mountain Reads

By: Natalie Blanton

When people begin their education or transition into the plant-based lifestyle–so often we hear that books significantly impact this dietary, lifestyle, and paradigm shift. Because these stories have so much power, we decided to compile a list of our favorite reads, with a bit of our commentary:

  • How Not to Die
    Dr. Michael Gregerhow-not-to-dieWe included this in our latest newsletter because we feel it is the most comprehensive and innovative plant-based health argument and guide out there!The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-recognized lecturer, physician, and founder of, examines the top 15 causes of death in America-heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more-and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.
  • Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better
    Tracey StewartThis is on our gift guide — because this adorable, accessible and powerful read is on all of our lists this year. We especially love the illustrations and Tracey’s individual and humanizing stories of each of the animals that have changed her life.
  • Ishmael
    Daniel Quinn
    This book, with its fascinating and obscure plot, juxtaposes consumer culture and nature and calls on its readers to become proactive stewards of this earth before it is too late. Quinn explores an understanding and appreciation of animals unlike anything we have ever read before.
  • Animal Liberation
    Peter SingerProblematic and provocative, this is a foundational text to the animal rights movement.
  • Total Liberation
    David Naguib Pellow
    Utilizing Singer’s animal liberation framework as a jumping off point, Pellow integrates and intersects the human liberation and earth liberation movements to show that unless we all work together, we will continue to see destruction and oppression of this earth and all its inhabitants.
  • Sexual Politics of Meat
    Carol J. AdamsThis is a vital read that connects animals to humans in such an intimate and provocative manner. Think: the brutality of the dairy industry in relation to societal oppression of women. Adams argues (and we wholeheartedly agree) that the exploitation of female bodies, both animal and human, is absolutely unacceptable.
  • Consider the Lobster
    David Foster WallaceA provocative must-read essay on the history, zoology, and society of the lobster family and its unfortunate celebration and consumption in the western world.41WGczn93HL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Making a Killing
    Bob TorresThis book is an awesome expose on the horrors of big agriculture and factory farming. Well-written and witty, not to mention free on Google Books!

Other must-reads:

  • Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy – Matthew Scully
  • Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat – Philip Lymbery
  • The Dreaded Comparison – Marjorie Spiegel
  • Animals Men and Morals – edited by Stanley and Roslind Godlovitch and John Harris
  • When Species Meet – Donna Haraway
  • The Postmoden Animal – Steve Baker
  • Empty Cages – Tom Regan
  • The Moral Relevance of the Distinction between Domesticated and Wild Animals – Clare Palmer
  • Surface Encounters – Ron Broglio
  • Sistah Vegan – A. Breeze Harper

Note: remember to shop local and Park City’s very own Dolly’s Bookstore stocks many of these titles! 

What are your plant-based/vegan/ethical/environmental/health conscious favorites?

Which would you add to our list? Tell us here! 

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