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Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
4.15
it was amazing
I'm about halfway through. Finished it. This one might just be my new "Bible" of sorts.

Here are some of the takeaway points I got:
* "Schizophrenic t
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Jun 21, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
 
The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach
4.40
it was amazing
This book was a game changer for me. Or, perhaps, more properly gave me the information I needed to do something I hadn't dreamed of doing before.

I bo
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Dec 2015
Aug 16, 2016
 
World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability
3.80
liked it
It was slow reading, and I'm not a slow reader.

The ideas presented in the text were well-reasoned and backed-up. The evidence, I hate to say, became r
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Mar 30, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.81
liked it
First off, reading about this period in history is very literally depressing for me. Overcoming that hurdle with the help of my friends...

As a story o
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Jun 24, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
 
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.01
really liked it
It is always exciting to read a book that challenges your assumptions about the world. This book did that for me. It has been on my too read shelf sin ...more
Mar 07, 2014
Aug 05, 2010
 
The Scarlet Pimpernel
4.06
really liked it
Having grown up on different iterations of this story, I'm glad I finally took the time to read the original. As is normal, the book is better than th ...more
May 16, 2014
Nov 06, 2010
 
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
4.07
it was ok
Mostly skimmed it. The most interesting thing that he said throws a shadow on the rest of the book's usefulness. That was something about Weston Price ...more
Nov 2014
Dec 17, 2014
 
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
4.19
really liked it
My mother read this book when i was still living at home, and shared some of the stories and ideas in it to help keep her kids and herself safe. It sa ...more
Oct 15, 2015
Oct 15, 2015
 
The Art of Natural Cheesemaking: Using Traditional, Non-Industrial Methods and Raw Ingredients to Make the World's Best Cheeses
4.47
it was amazing
As soon as I get a dairy animal, I'm getting this book to go with it. How to preserve vels to become rennet, how to make cheese without buying culture ...more
not set
Jan 19, 2016
 
Breaking Stalin's Nose
3.80
it was ok
The protagonist is a very real character, in terms of his decisions. He lets others take the blame for his actions when the punishments are severe, an ...more
Jan 24, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
 
The Power of Duck
3.75
it was amazing
A very well put together manual for how to integrate duck culture into rice culture and a couple other symbiotic organisms, to reduce fertilizer and t ...more
Jan 2017
Jun 12, 2017
 
The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times
4.19
liked it
I liked the premise of the book; our gardens should not only be able to sustain us during difficult times, but should be able to take their own share ...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
 
Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader
3.87
really liked it
As a want-to-be/future homesteader, I appreciated the presentation of this book. I enjoyed the anecdotes (it read a little like James Herriot), and th ...more
May 2012
Jul 27, 2012
 
More Quilts from the Quilt Maker's Gift
4.32
really liked it
This is my quilting reference book. The patterns are timeless, the how-tos for assembly, mitering borders, and so on are easy to understand, and there ...more
not set
Sep 11, 2013
 
The Mother of All Arts: Agrarianism and the Creative Impulse
4.29
liked it
I'm not sure what to say about this book. I enjoyed reading it, appreciated the writing, and took in some new ideas I had not before considered about ...more
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
 
Scientists Greater than Einstein: The Biggest Lifesavers of the Twentieth Century
4.06
really liked it
The abbreviated histories of 10 scientists and their discoveries that led to them becoming the 10 scientists to save the most lives in the last centur ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
 
Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too
4.13
it was amazing
I've been hoping that this book existed for the last two years. Finally found and read it, in less than 24 hours. I started it after the kids went to ...more
Aug 21, 2015
Aug 21, 2015
 
Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast
3.99
liked it
I thought it was good, and the information and anecdotes were fun to read, however I have a complaint about the utility of the book. It needs a compan ...more
Dec 29, 2012
Dec 30, 2012
 
The Chosen
4.04
liked it
It wasn't what I expected it to be. From the recommendation I received, I expected something a little more historical documentary, and not a fiction n ...more
May 2012
Aug 04, 2012
 
How to Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves: Taking Advantage of Early Conditioned Learning
4.07
really liked it
This book talks you through getting and training a puppy, specifically to train a hunting dog, but the first several chapters are a good foundation to ...more
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
 
Born-Again Dirt: Farming to the Glory of God
3.89
liked it
I picked it up after running across the author's website, and figured I'd give it a shot and see if I learned something new. "Born-again Dirt" is more ...more
not set
Feb 17, 2017
 
Small Scale Grain Raising: An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains, for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers
4.16
it was amazing
I save five-star reviews for life changing books. This book has changed my life. I feel like I am now armed with information that makes possible a new ...more
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
Holy Shit: Managing Manure To Save Mankind
4.27
really liked it
I thought it was a very succinct treatise on manure and waste management, easy to read and understand.

The most sincere complement I think I can give
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Dec 15, 2012
Dec 17, 2012
 
The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making
3.92
really liked it
Ok, I feel a tad ridiculous reviewing a cook book for content (recipes aside), but the introduction made me feel like I'd found a friend--or that a mo ...more
Apr 2015
May 14, 2015
 
This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone
3.71
liked it
3 Stars
The pacing of the story as a whole was challenging to me. I think I skipped over a third of it in the middle, that I was intending to go back
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Dec 20, 2015
Oct 23, 2015
 
Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
4.16
liked it
Tools for parenting kids who don't fit the mold. Several of them were already given to me by my parents, but a few more were new to me. It probably ta ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
4.07
liked it
Most of what you get from this book is available in his stuff on youtube. Some of the other tidbits are the corporate case studies that don't involve ...more
Oct 2017
Oct 13, 2017
 
The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener
4.36
really liked it
Chalk full of very practical gardening advice from someone who has a lot of practice. I found the most practical bits to be the more "how to get the m ...more
Jun 2013
Dec 20, 2013
 
The First National Bank of Dad: The Best Way to Teach Kids About Money
3.92
really liked it
I liked a lot of the principles he espouses (allowing children to choose, make mistakes, etc). I know that I won't implement his system exactly becaus ...more
Feb 12, 2015
Feb 13, 2015
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.17
it was amazing
This book has been on my "to read" list for a few years, and now that I'm finally finished with school I finally did! I am very glad I did. Not only h ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
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