Listen to The Omnivore's Dilemma

There's always time to listen to the Hopkinton READS! book -- in the car, at the gym, on the couch, on the team bus.... Audio versions of Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, are available from these sources:
  • You can borrow the CD version from us. [Call#: CD 394.12 POL]
  • You can download it from (for 1 credit, if you have a membership, or as your free book if you join.) [Mac or PC]
  • You can download it from iTunes [$20.95, Mac or PC]
  • You can buy the CD version from your local bookseller, or from Amazon [$39.95 retail]
  • You can borrow it from the NLS via the NH State Library Talking Book Service, in either cassette or digital book format, depending on the player you are using. [Call #s: RC 62557 or DB 62557]
If you've never listened to audiobooks on your MP3 player, this would be a great time to try it out.

The Omnivore's Dilemma (10/22 or 10/23)

Please join us at 7:00PM on October 22nd, or at 2:00PM on October 23rd, as the afternoon and evening reading groups tackle Michael Pollan's thought-provoking work, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Expect some lively conversation, moderated by Kevin Flynn and Mike Timm.
The best-selling author of The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the 21st century.

"What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't, which mushrooms should be avoided, for example, and which berries we can enjoy. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we're realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment. The Omnivore's Dilemma is best-selling author Michael Pollan's brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America.

We are indeed what we eat, and what we eat remakes the world. A society of voracious and increasingly confused omnivores, we are just beginning to recognize the profound consequences of the simplest everyday food choices, both for ourselves and for the natural world. The Omnivore's Dilemma is a long-overdue book and one that will become known for bringing a completely fresh perspective to a question as ordinary and yet momentous as "What shall we have for dinner?" -- from the publisher's summary
Hopkinton READS!, our annual community-wide reading celebration, will soon be in full swing. Be sure to check out the HTL home page for additional activities and program information.