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Sheasley has a city life as an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, and a country life where he gathers eggs on his small family farm. His two lives meet when he brings fresh eggs to the office, selling them to co-workers eager for a more vital connection to the food they eat. Throughout this charming, thoughtful narrative, Sheasley recounts the history of chicken-human interaction, a relationship with a history easier on the people than the birds.
In proving his case for a more mindful approach to eating, Sheasley imagines a conversation with a 16th-century Italian naturalist who serves as a wise and patient muse espousing Sheasley's mantra: eat locally. Of course, he's right. When we pour grain and other feed into the sources of our meat-based protein, then freeze and truck said meat across the country, the energy used far outweighs the dietary benefits bestowed. Waste on a mind-boggling scale has become habitual in our society. Indeed, we have such little regard for our feathered friends (who have done so much for us), that chicken farms routinely toss fluffy little male peeps into macerating machines when their meat is deemed "inferior."
Despite the unappetizing example above, Home to Roost holds a quiet, homespun appeal to our better natures, and guides readers to the many small things we can do in our daily lives to ensure a better world. (Fall 2008 Selection)