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Tiny Houses are Big! Lloyd Kahn’s Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter

Lloyd Kahn’s new book Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter delivers a fresh look at the gamut of modern tiny houses and their owners, and the sheer diversity of approaches people are taking to scale back in an era where few could deny the need to address our massive consumption of energy and resources.

January 12th

American Wasteland Book Explores Massive Food Waste

Did you know that fully 25-50% of all food produced in America goes to waste? Combine that with the amazing fact that 13% of the global population, or over one in every ten humans is malnourished, and you might be scratching your head, or more likely, seriously outraged. In his new book American Wasteland, writer […]

June 15th

Holy Shit! Can Manure Management Save Us?

“Holy Shit!” is damned right. Here’s a book about just that — manure. Precious, plentiful, misunderstood manure. Cow manure, horse poop, human feces, dog shit, you name it, Gene Logsdon writes about it. In this recent book (affiliate link) from good ol’ contrary farmer Gene Logsdon, the wonder and mystery and amazing fertilizing power of […]

January 18th

Book Review: Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer

Author’s Note: A free review copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher, Little, Brown and Company. Jonathan Safran Foer has received great critical acclaim and worldwide attention for his wring style in novels such as Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel. His most recent book, however, is non-fiction and edgy in its […]

October 21st

Book Review: Hunting: In Search of the Wild Life, Edited by Nathan Kowalsky

Author’s Note: A free review copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher, Wiley-Blackwell. Wiley-Blackwell’s series of philosophy books for general readers, Philosophy for Everyone, aims to serve general, non-expert readers without actually treating them as “dummies” or creating watered-down, one-size-fits-all philosophy. The risk such an endeavor always faces is to end […]

September 1st

Living Off the Grid: the New American Rebellion?

You may have noticed that we’ve published more content in recent months on off-grid living: my connection to the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and introduction to a number of writers living this way, has provided great insight into the day-to-day practices of those who rely on solar panels or wind turbines for energy, rain collection and wells for […]

Book Review: A Hunter’s Confession, by David Carpenter

Author’s Note: A free review copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher, Greystone Books. Like all of their titles, the book was printed on acid-free, 100% post-consumer recycled paper without chlorine. To be perfectly candid and transparent, I must start this review by saying I am wholeheartedly opposed to hunting, for […]

July 13th