What Would the Chicken Read?

One of our favorite things to do at Denver Public Library is help our customers find just the right book to read! Since we already created a list of songs for Ross 308 (our resident chicken sculpture), it was time to get a book list together. In early December, the chicken will be disassembled and sent back to its home in Berlin. With that downtime in mind, here are our suggested titles!

Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats by Maryn McKenna - The health journalist behind Superbug exposes the shocking role of antibiotics in industrial farming and the profound impact these mass food-processing practices are having on our lives and our health.

Chickenizing Farms & Food: How Industrial Meat Production Endangers Workers, Animals, and Consumers by Ellen K. Silbergeld - Readers will find a clear presentation of concepts and evidence, lucid explanations of the supporting science, and spirited critique of both sides in the Big Ag/Food vs. Small/Local Ag/Food encounter, hear about the challenges in reforming and reorganizing the current structure.

How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say by Melissa Caughey - Want to learn how how chickens speak to each other? What sound they make when there is a sky threat, vs. a ground threat? Or when a chicken lays an egg and when another chicken is calling to friends? Your hen friends may have more to say than you realize!

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion: Surprising Observations of a Hidden World by Peter Wohlleben - In 41 short chapters, the author considers examples of animals exhibiting humanlike feelings, including love, courage, desire, grief, regret, and playfulness, weaving a web of delightful and stirring anecdotes drawn from personal observations and scientific studies. 

Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky Industry-Changing Egg Farm - From Scratch by Lucie B. Amundsen - This heartfelt and honest memoir recounts how a Midwestern family with no agriculture experience, went from a few backyard chickens to a full-fledged farm—and discovered why local chicks are better.

Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) by Bill Gifford - Gifford shines light on the growing sales of human growth hormone and testosterone supplements by shady outfits and big drug companies, despite ample evidence that both could be detrimental. And surprise! he discovers that the genes we inherit remain the major determinant of how healthy we are in old age. 

Tastes Like Chicken: A History of America's Favorite Bird by Emelyn Rude - In a breezy narrative brimming with retro recipes, culinary historian Emelyn Rude focuses on the history of US chicken consumption, 8.6 billion birds in 2015. From New York immigrants' foul “ornithological parks” of the 1880s and 1890s to the rise in global demand, Rude reveals chicken as a troublesome taste.

Would you like a Personalized Reading List for your very own? Take 30 seconds to fill out our PRL form, and in about a week, we'll deliver a list of recommendations to your inbox, complete with links to the titles in our catalog. How convenient!

Thanks to Adrian Johnson from Central's Community Technology Center for his wonderful work on Monument to the 308, photo above.

Written by Dodie on November 20, 2019


Steven D. on December 1, 2019


Don't miss CHICKEN RISING: a Graphic Memoir, by D. Boyd

Or CHICKEN WITH PLUMS, by Marjane Satrapi , author of PETROPOLIS

SuzanneK on December 2, 2019


This is hilarious! I love it!

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