Books

ISBN-978-0375861185

Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary

The creators of Good Dog (Knopf) are back with Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary (Knopf), an exquisite collection of poems and paintings about the real residents of United States farm animal rescue and advocacy organization Farm Sanctuary’s shelters.

 

Readers will meet Maya the cow, J.D. the piglet, Hilda the sheep and a dozen more animals in their own voices through Gottfried’s delightful poetry.

 

Master artist Robert Rahway Zakanitch provides a portrait and pen and ink sketches for each poem that perfectly capture each animal’s unique personality. Their collaboration has created a vibrant portrayal of life on the happiest farm around.

“…[E]ach fetching personality nudged along by the poetic lines of Maya Gottf[r]ied. There is a subtle message here, to be sure—all the world's creatures deserve care and respect—but it is handled with a very light touch. Robert Zakanitch's watercolors are quite wonderful….” 
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

ISBN-978-1510719453

Vegan Love: 
Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal, with Fashion, Makeup & Wedding Tips

In ever-increasing numbers, people around the world are opting for a vegan lifestyle—eschewing all animal products. But what happens when their love interest unapologetically orders a steak on a date?

Vegan Love offers guidance for women on how to spread the vegan love and bring compassion for all beings into one’s romantic life. Going cruelty-free need not mean alienating potential partners or long-term lovers. Author Maya Gottfried shares her experiences of going vegan and playing the vegan dating game, as well as insights by notable vegan women, both heterosexual and LGBTQ. Luminaries offering their experience and wisdom include Grammy-nominated R&B artist Carolyn Malachi; Jane Velez-Mitchell of JaneUnChained.com; Marisa Miller Wolfson of the film Vegucated; and Jasmin Singer, author of Always Too Much and Never Enough;.

Vegan Love also features a wealth of fun, practical advice about vegan makeup, vegan clothes, and vegan weddings, with a detailed resource guide.

"Vegan Love is one of the most informative and knowledgeable books written on the subject of not only being vegan, but how to live vegan. It is a true celebration of all life―respectful on every level. Full of fun and joy."
- James Van Praagh, #1 New York Times bestselling author and spiritual teacher

ISBN-978-0553113839

Good Dog

A celebration of dogs and their distinct personalities, in this heart-stealing picture book Maya Gottfried wonderfully captures their voices in 16 enchanting poems with fine artist Robert Rahway Zakanitch presenting masterful portraits. 

"Every dog has his day... in this spunky collection of poems from a dog's eye-view. These pooches have personality plus.... Gottfried's brief verses brim with a warm humor that pet owners will readily appreciate...."
- Publishers Weekly 

Starred Review. "...[F]ree-verse poems that present the inner musings of 16 dogs are combined with painterly, full-page portraits."

- School Library Journal

ISBN-978-1933368245

Half / Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes (Contributor)

Edited by Laurel Snyder, the stories in Half/Life explore the experience of being raised in a half-Jewish home. Maya Gottfried's contribution is an essay entitled "Untitled."

 

Though each essay is distinct, and the experiences are vastly different, each describes growing up without a streamlined identity, unsure of community or religious direction. These authors examine the complicated relationships they felt with the Jewish community and the world at large.

 

By turns tragic and funny, religious and heartbreaking, angry and surprisingly familiar, Half/Life represents the altogether diverse memories and reflections of a handful of men and women who have spent a lifetime grappling with how to define themselves, or not. Resulting from that struggle is a complex exploration, and some truly brilliant prose.

"I can't wait to see what [Maya Gottfried] writes next for adults. Because everything she had said was real, precise and full of meaning."
- NY Observer online

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