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Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Other books tell us how to live the good life—but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace, and elegance that result, because getting the most out ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by New Society Publishers (first published July 17th 2012)
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Julie
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone concerned about preparing for changes in the future
Note: I received this book for free after winning a contest on Ms. Astyk's blog.

I never expected Making Home to be as perspective-changing as Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front, which really rocked my world, pardon the cliche. This book comes very, very close. Sharon Astyk's insights into American culture were fascinating. I am continually struck by her very no-nonsense, practical reaction to the challenges the world faces in the coming decades. Her arguments seem to me to be pa
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Connie
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book with very timely (Hurricane Sandy--this week) and wise advice. I admire all that Ms Astyk and her family have accomplished.

However, I do have one comment. Ms Astyk seems to be very negative if not downright hostile toward dogs. I wonder if she had a bad experience at some time in her life? I feel very angry about her attitude and incorrect information.

Examples:

"Dogs are more dangerous than any livestock." Incorrect!!! Anyone who has lived around horses will affirm that
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Bonnie
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I assumed I would love this, but I thought it would be more how-to and less ranty narrative. I even agree with many of her political views, etc, but I hate being beat to death with someone's politics when all I really want to do is learn more about improving my home and self-sufficiency. Perhaps if I were approaching this subject anew, I would have enjoyed it, but I already have (what I feel are) solid reasons for pursuing greater self-sufficiency at home, so it just annoyed me. I thought this w ...more
Juli Anna
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This was not as good as I remember Depletion and Abundance to be, but it was still an inspiring and informative read by a favorite of mine. She walks a pleasant line between hippie homesteader and Prepper and, I think, easily appeals to the sensibilities of both with her pragmatic, easy style. Complaints about this book: it could have benefited from another round or two of copy editing (too many grammatical errors to feel "finished," and some fact-checking issues); also, they seem to have left o ...more
Florence Millo
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I just knew I was going to love this book. I agree so wholehearted with her premise of adapting our lives where we are, with what we have. I should have loved this book. But I didn't. I found it gratingly wordy with not one useful thing that I can apply in my life. Maybe it is written for people who are much younger and who have just begun to think about how climate change, population, and the ongoing financial crisis will affect them and how they can respond. Secondly, it so general that there ...more
Stefanie
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Began this a number of years ago when I was going to a transition book group but life got in the way and I dropped from the group and never finished the book ... until now! My public library remains closed and I am forced to read my own books so working on finishing all the lingering half-reads. I am glad I got back to this!

Astyk goes step by step through all the things a person needs to consider when facing up to a peak oil climate change world. And she really does cover everything. This is not
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Heather
Apr 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I should state at the outset that I had the e-book version of this, which automatically reduces the amount of attention I'm willing to give to a title. I didn't manage to get very far into this book at all, because what I did read was just a long thesis on why conservation and preservation is important to embrace and how our society is or is not doing so. I am already convinced that conserving energy is imperative to the survival of our earth, or else I would not have chosen to read this. Unfort ...more
Wendy Wagner
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
While at times awfully dang smug, this is overall a terrific read. Astyk wants us to prepare for the poverty that will come when our economy and our environment tank out on us in the all-too-near future. Reading this in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma was kind of spooky.

One thing this book does better than a lot of homesteading-for-the-future books is address aging, caregiving, and community issues. There's lots to chew on in this book, and I expect to revisit it again before too lon
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Marie S.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bought-in-2019
This book falls into a category I'd like to call: "I'm going into detail, but without giving too much detail".
It wasn't a bad book at all, but I'm not sure I gain a lot. She mentions a few times she's diving deeper into chapters in her other book, so I'm going to pick it up.
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Laura
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lot of really practical advice for adapting and making eco friendly changes and embracing community.
Joe Davis
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Making Home Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place, Shannon Astyk invites us to practice a new way of life that we both need and will inevitably be forced to acquire. She calls this new way of life “adapting in place” and bluntly describes it as “the only thing left that can save the world.”

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Fernleaf
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A book both inspiring and frightening, Astyk talks in detail about what she has termed 'adapting in place.' Making your home a place of comfort and refuge and support should the worst happen, whether that is a week-long power outage or a total collapse of the economy. Powerfully written in a clear, no-nonsense voice Astyke outlines steps that can be taken now, plans that can be made, practiced and enacted and the difficult conversations that need to be had. This will certainly be a book that I r ...more
Anna
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Parts of Making Home are thought-provoking or informative, while other parts are scattered and/or reprint information I've already read on her blog. Despite her own advice to bring sustainability to your family in fun ways, Astyk pushes peak oil and doom and gloom pretty hard. On the other hand, she definitely walks the walk, and has lots of low-cost, useful advice. (Did you know four-poster beds were a way to keep warm at night with minimal heat? Just hang cloth over the sides and top.) ...more
Julia
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sharon has written a few useful books that provide advice, more philosophical than practical details, on how to build roots in a place and adapt our homes and talents to survive in an uncertain future.
Elizabeth
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4/7/13-5/21/13
Betsy
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x2012, nonfiction
Personal look at adapting to a changing reality, strengthening neighborhood ties and developing a skill set. Somewhat slow in the middle.
Mary
Mar 10, 2014 added it
Very informative.
Micaela
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ranty, overly professorial, not easily applicable to my life. Pass on this one.
Martha
Nov 23, 2012 added it
read again in Mar 2016
Trace
Oct 15, 2014 marked it as to-read
Adding this back to my to-read list because it was due back at the library. I'm really enjoying it though - and don't want to forget about it! ...more
Zippy Apple Brain
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love everything that has been written by Sharon Astyk. I read this book every year or so to remember all of the excellent advice.
Kate W
A great read. Astyk finds a way to balance out the doomsday visions of our energy-less future with pragmatic actions we can take today that will make life better today and in the darker future.
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Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher, blogger, and farmer who raises vegetables, poultry and dairy goats with her family in upstate New York. She and her family use 80% less energy and resources than the average American household. Sharon is a member of the Board of Directors of ASPO-USA and the award-winning author of three previous books including Depletion and Abundance and Independence Days.

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