Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Book list

Before I get judged for linking to Amazon for all these books, I would like to say it is just the best place to get good cover pics, and good reviews. You can probably find them cheaper somewhere else, or even better, locally. Support your local bookstore, or amazon, whatever.

The How List:

1: Country Wisdom and Know-how, by The Editors of Storey Publishing's Country Wisdom Boards
This is a great resource for just about every thing in a self sustaining lifestyle. A must own book, for sure.

2: Foxfire #9, edited by Eliot Wigginton
We like this book because it is a bunch of stories from lives that were lived simply, ideas from people who just lived that way because it was the only way they knew.

3: The Urban Homestead, by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
This is a wonderful resource for all of those out there that are just like us, trying to do all this, but on a small city lot. It is like a giant "tips and tricks" list from people doing it for real.

4: Gaia's Garden, by Toby Hemenway
There may be no better Permaculture Gardening book than this, I can't say enough about it. Get this for sure.

5: First Lessons in Beekeeping, by C.P. Dadant
Beekeeping may not be for everyone, we have a hive but no bees yet. This is our source for information about beekeeping, we can't wait to get bees next season.

6: The Handmade Basket Book, by Rebecca Board
My wife loves this book and it is a great reference for making baskets, you will never look at grasses or a pile of pruned branches the same again. Nothing beats gathering eggs and garden goodies in a basket you made yourself.

7: Pine Needle Basketry, by Judy Mallow
Much like the other basket making book in its usefulness, but much more. We checked this out from the library four or five times before we realised we needed to own it.

The Why List:

1: Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, by John de Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor

I guess it isn't much of a list with one book on it, but what other reason do you need?

The funny part is we have been doing this and been on this path for 4-5 years and I have had this book for 2-3 of those (25 cent garage sale get) and just picked it off the shelf for the first time and realised how relevant it is to our lives.

The Interesting List:

1: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins
This book will open your eyes. I can't say enough, go to the library today and get this book. Be prepared to be appalled though.

2: The Ugly American, by Eugene Burdick and William J. Lederer
A classic example of hubris and ethnocentric behavior. This should be required reading in middle school.

3: Grey, by Jon Armstrong
This is a fun book. Think "Fifth Element" meets "Idiocracy" meets "Romeo and Juliet". I can't place a finger on it, but it was an interesting social commentary on consumption.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it is a whittled list that we came up with for being a great starting point.

I'm open to comments and suggestions on the any of and/or the entire list, so fire away.

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