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Book club planning

Book clubSince I don't have a lunchtime series this week, and Shannon is quite literally on vacation (hiking the AT), I thought I'd pick your brains about our book club.  We'll be coming to the end of The Holistic Orchard soon, and I'm curious to hear whether folks want to continue the reading club now that weather is cooling down and inside chores are demanding your attention.  I've thoroughly enjoyed reading along with you, but know that attention may be waning.

If the book club is still up your alley, some books that are itching for attention my shelf include:

  • Folks This Ain't Normal --- Joel Salatin's first mainstream-published book looks like a relatively easy read.
  • The Resilient Gardener --- I've heard great things about this book, but it's dense (like The Holistic Orchard), so I need a bit of a nudge to get into it.
  • Edible Forest Gardens --- I read this two volume set four years ago, and am starting to feel like I need to go back over it with a fine tooth comb.  Alternatively, it might be more interesting to round out my reading with Martin Crawford's Creating a Forest Garden.

Feel free to mention other book club books in the comments section, or chime in with your two cents' worth on my top choices.

My new paperback is hitting bookstores in a couple of weeks, but you can preorder your copy today.

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I already own a copy of Salatin's "Folks, This Ain't Normal", but never finished reading it. I'd love for that to be the next book club book.
Comment by Alice Tue Oct 30 12:33:57 2012

Hi Anna,

Have enjoyed your previous book club choices and even though I have only read "10 Acres Enough" (I found if very good), I have followed along with your choices and have enjoyed gleaning what I can from the posts and comments. So my vote is for you to continue. And my vote from your list is Salatin's Book!



Comment by Tim Martin Tue Oct 30 12:55:03 2012

"Folks this ain't normal" would be an easy one for me because I just saw it at the library while I was there last week. Not sure where to find the others-- I'd probably have to buy them. I haven't been involved in the book club, but I wouldnt mind getting started.

Comment by sara Tue Oct 30 13:02:10 2012
"Folks This Ain't Normal" Sounds great to me. I have been reading more on agrarian lifestyles and how their life fits into the different pockets in the garden.
Comment by Mona Tue Oct 30 13:57:25 2012

I've enjoyed the book club, although I've never had enough time to read along. I've enjoyed the comments, and the suggestions of what I might read next. For those who have not read "Folks this ain't normal," please allow me to commend it as a very entertaining book about the way things just are these days. It doesn't offer much in the way of the details necessary to do anything about it, but did I mention that it was an enjoyable read?

I think I would also suggest Martin Crawford's book, "Creating a Forest Garden"--especially if all you've read was "Edible Forest Gardening." Crawford's book is simpler and very practical, enough so that I find it a valuable reference on my shelf. One unique feature of Crawford's book is his detailed evaluation of many, many forest gardening plants. The meager tables in "Edible Forest Gardening" just don't come close to the quantity of details that Crawford has available in his book.

Just my two cents,


Comment by Dan Tue Oct 30 19:51:26 2012

I was gonna vote for "Folks, This Ain't Normal", but after reading Dan's comment, I think I would like to go for Edible Forest Gardens.


Comment by April Connett Tue Oct 30 21:45:36 2012
I just noticed the little photoshopping job you did on the already funny photo.
Comment by Deb Tue Oct 30 23:11:33 2012

Hi All,

This book is CERTAINLY worth some careful attention.

The late Charles Walters (Acres USA) says in his book about Dr. Murray that he lived to be 117 years old :).

It's just a short book, but MOST thought provoking about what really works well.


Comment by John Wed Oct 31 10:21:39 2012
I vote for Resilient Gardener. I have it. I've read part of it (maybe most of it, but definitely didn't make it through the end.) Definitely a slightly different look at home production in ways that are often not discussed or thought of (at least in my usual reading.) Would love to read this group's discussion of the book.
Comment by Charity Wed Oct 31 11:52:13 2012
I found The Resilient Gardener to be a much easier read than The Holistic Orchard, partly because growing vegetables is simpler than orcharding and partly because of style. Phillips' style is less direct.
Comment by Jackie Wed Oct 31 14:42:24 2012
All good choices. I've read Ain't Normal, it's fun to read and should start good discussions (and a good excuse to get it back from the friend who borrowed it so I can re-read.) I've been looking for an excuse to pony up for Edible Forest Gardens for a long time, so I would like that choice too. I will add Peter Bane's Permaculture Handbook as another one you might like someday.
Comment by De Wed Oct 31 15:24:33 2012

Everybody --- It sounds like the consensus is for Folks, This Ain't Normal. Thanks for chiming in!

(I really appreciate Dan's information, too, because I'd been considering getting Crawford's book for some time, but the price kept holding me back. With a firsthand report like that, it sounds like it's definitely worth the money.)

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