Folks, This Ain't Normal
This Ain't Normal is
Joel Salatin's first book put out by a mainstream publisher.
Previous self-published works, with titles like Everything
I Want to Do I Illegal
Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, have helped make Salatin a
household name in homesteading circles, and I suspect his newest book
may make his celebrity less of a niche obsession.
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"anti-celebrity" is a better word. Salatin works hard to disagree
with everybody, which is why I think adding his new book to our club
will stir up lots of interesting ideas. Salatin's primary thesis
is put forth by Allan Nation in the foreword: "A policy of
one-size-fits-all regulation means that a regulation that is a minor
nuisance to a large industrial processor is a farm killer for a farmer
trying to sell directly to a customer."
To Salatin, this policy
issue is really about families, raising your kids right, and making a
living while helping the earth. He explains his book as being "a
story of carbon, soil building, ecological innovation, and a lifetime
of swimming the wrong way." In six short pages of introduction,
we meet his entire clan, from grandparents to grandkids, and that sets
the stage for an engagingly written, highly personal narrative that is,
at the same time, relevant to every American reader.
We'll be discussing the
first three chapters (up through "Hog Killin's and Laying in the
Larder") next Wednesday, so go hunt down your copy and start
This Ain't Normal
isn't in our tiny library, but is more likely than many of the other
books I've recommended to be available for checkout if you live in a
moderately sized or larger town. I'm looking forward to hearing
your take on Salatin's lunacy.