Nine new books are coming out this month and the next!
We’ve got a fresh and fascinating crop of titles on the politics and practice of sustainable living–from composting manure in your own backyard to raising hell on the national political stage.
Check out new titles from agrarian superstars Gene Logsdon and Joel Salatin, Consumer Watchdog advocate Jamie Court, plus some great new resources for green builders. Add to that the story of the SEIU, the wonders and mysteries of mushrooms, tales of young food activists and some eco-fiction and it’s going to be a busy, delightful late summer. Enjoy!
| Holy Shit by Gene Logsdon
In his insightful new book, Holy Shit, Managing Manure To Save Mankind, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure—our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure—worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value—but that spends a staggering amount of money to do so. This book is pure common-sense wisdom, mixed liberally with elegant poop-jokes.
| The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell by Jamie Court, the president of Consumer Watchdog
Change is no simple matter in American politics—a fact that Americans have recently learned well. Elections rarely produce the change they promise. After the vote, power vacuums fill with familiar values, if not faces. Promises give way to fiscal realities, hope succumbs to pragmatism, and ambition concedes to inertia. The old tricks of interest groups—confuse, diffuse, scare—prevail over the better angels of American nature.But populist energy can get change-making and change-makers back on the right track.
| Adobe Homes for all Climates by Lisa Morey Schroder and Vince Ogletree
The lay-up of adobe bricks is an easy, forgiving way to achieve a solid masonry-wall system. Contrary to stereotypes, adobe is perfectly adaptable for use in cold, wet climates as well as hot and dry ones, and for areas prone to earthquakes. With its efficient use of energy, natural resources for construction, and minimal effort for long-term maintenance, it’s clear that the humble adobe brick is an ideal option for constructing eco-friendly structures throughout the world.
| Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares by Greg Marley
Throughout history, people have had a complex and confusing relationship with mushrooms. Are fungi food or medicine, beneficial decomposers or deadly “toadstools” ready to kill anyone foolhardy enough to eat them? In fact, there is truth in all these statements. In Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares, author Greg Marley reveals some of the wonders and mysteries of mushrooms, and our conflicting human reactions to them.
| Masonry Heaters by Ken Matesz
Masonry Heaters is a complete guide to designing and living with one of the oldest, and yet one of the newest, heating devices. A masonry heater’s design, placement in the home, and luxurious radiant heat redefine the hearth for the modern era, turning it into a piece of the sun right inside the home.
| Growing Roots by Katherine Leiner
Published by Sunrise Lane Productions
Growing Roots, The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists is about a new revolution in food that involves young people who are living sustainable lives that revolve around healthy, natural food. The book introduces us to farmers and beekeepers, fishermen and chefs, food activists and cheesemongers, and many, many more.
| Stronger Together by Don Stillman
Published by SEIU
Stronger Together: The Story of SEIU describes how the Service Employees International Union grew to 2.2 million members in an era when most unions suffered major declines.
| The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer by Joel Salatin
Available in September! Published by Polyface, Inc.
Foodies and environmentally minded folks often struggle to understand and articulate the fundamental differences between the farming and food systems they endorse and those promoted by Monsanto and friends. With visceral stories and humor from Salatin’s half-century as a “lunatic” farmer, Salatin contrasts the differences on many levels: practical, spiritual, social, economic, ecological, political, and nutritional.
| The Monkey Bible by Mark Laxer
Available in September! Published by Outer Rim Press
The Monkey Bible is the story of Emmanuel, a young college-bound Christian man who suddenly has reason to suspect that his genetic make-up, and indeed the story of his creation, is not what he had thought it was. Dismayed and seemingly alienated from his church, Emmanuel journeys around the world in search of his genetic and spiritual origins, identity, and community.