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Biography & Memoir

A Celebration of Authors

November 1, 2018

We wouldn’t be anything without our beloved authors! To celebrate, we’ve gathered a few Q&As from the archives to put the spotlight on a just a few of our many inspiring contributors! Click the links below to read insightful conversations with the authors themselves about a range of topics– mitigating climate change with regenerative agriculture,…

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Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Hatchet

August 23, 2018

When it comes to planning your next DIY project, it’s not likely that you think to yourself, “Gee, I think I’d like to make myself a hatchet today.” But, if you do, today’s your lucky day!  With some scrap steel, a hacksaw, a file, a drill, a bonfire, a bucket of water, and an oven…

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Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

December 15, 2016

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community.…

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Author Thomas Cowan: The Heart is Not a Pump

November 2, 2016

For centuries, we’ve been told that the heart is a pump. Guess what? We were misinformed, and it may have had deadly consequences. In his new book Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, Dr. Thomas Cowan offers up a daring claim: that the heart is not a pump, and our understanding of heart disease—with its origins in…

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In Memory: Poet David Budbill

September 27, 2016

“One village of the many—call it Judevine.” The Chelsea Green family was saddened to hear of the death of Vermont poet, author, and friend David Budbill. He died early Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at his home in Montpelier. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a year ago, and was in steady decline. In…

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Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

September 22, 2016

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way? Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of…

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Gene Logsdon: Contrary Farmer & Rural Philosopher (1931-2016)

June 3, 2016

One of Chelsea Green’s most prolific writers, thinkers, and all-around curmudgeonly but lovable farmer — Gene Logsdon — died this week. We were heartbroken to hear the news, and many of us who have worked with Gene over the years  began to think of all the ways in which we were the better for not…

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Dear Humans: Listen to Ben Kilham. Signed, The Bears.

May 25, 2016

When it comes to fatal human-bear encounters, too often it’s the bear who ends up on the losing end. The most recent story occurred in Thetford, Vt., where a hungry bear with slim pickings began seeking out food in town. After unsuccessful attempts to thwart the bear – known to bear rehab specialist and author…

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Trust Your Unconsciousness: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas on Writing

May 17, 2016

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is a New York Times-bestelling author, traveler, and astute observer of the natural world. In Dreaming of Lions, a paperback edition of her memoir, Thomas pens a powerful new afterword and a selection of photos from her extraordinary life is included. Below is an excerpt from her chapter about writing, and her…

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Gene Logsdon on Life and Death: Georgie the Cat

February 14, 2016

Unlike most octogenarians, author Gene Logsdon picked up steam as he rolled into his ninth decade. He developed a prolific body of work as a writer, novelist, and journalist on topics ranging from a philosophical look at woodlands (A Sanctuary of Trees) to the higher calling of manure (Holy Shit). In his book Gene Everlasting: A…

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Author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas: Dreaming of Lions

February 10, 2016

Reading through your life story, it’s clear that you were amazingly open to new experiences, approaching them like an observer who arrived with few previously held ideas. Do you think that it takes that kind of openness to see and understand animals and people in new ways, as you’ve done throughout your career? I do,…

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Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

July 27, 2015

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an…

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May Roundup: News, Views & Stuff You Can Use

May 25, 2015

The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases. Permaculture Advice For Beginners. Hint: Start Small   Interested in applying a permaculture approach to your…

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New Audiobook—Slowspoke: A Unicyclist's Guide to America

March 12, 2015

If you’ve ever yearned to slow down, let life’s winds wobble you, and devote yourself to the act of anticipation rather than immediacy, then learn to ride a unicycle. Or, you could follow the thoughtful and guiding principles of  author, homesteader, and unicyclist Mark Schimmoeller in his latest book Slowspoke. Now available as an audiobook,…

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A Man Apart: Remembering Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Life

January 28, 2015

A Man Apart is the story—part family memoir and part biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow’s longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual, and even radical, life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own. Framed by Coperthwaite’s sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with…

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A Conversation With Winemaker, Farmer, Author Deirdre Heekin

January 12, 2015

Named one of the best wine books of 2014 by The New York Times, Deirdre Heekin’s An Unlikely Vineyard takes readers on a journey of learning how to grow wine in the unlikely hills of Vermont and tells the story of her quest to express the essence of place in every bottle. “Heekin gives a lyrical description of her earthly discoveries…and imbues her accounts…

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10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

December 18, 2014

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading…

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New Audio Books: Bears and Elephants Oh My!

December 12, 2014

Whether you’re keen on learning more about the secretive lives of black bears or how to unlock the secrets of political framing, two recent Chelsea Green books are now available in audio so you can listen in the car, at home, or wherever you prefer. To sample the audio of either book, check out the…

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Wine Pairings for the Holidays

December 8, 2014

As you prepare to celebrate with friends or sit down with family this holiday season, it’s good to know what kind of wine to serve on the right occasion with the right meal, right? Deirdre Heekin, wine maker and author of An Unlikely Vineyard, is here to share some of her favorite wines along with…

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Chelsea Green Publishing Turns 30!

November 17, 2014

Explore a slideshow of cover images from some of our most iconic books over the past 30 years. Excerpts from these books and close to 100 others are all part of a new Chelsea Green anthology celebrating our 30th anniversary – The Chelsea Green Reader. This collection offers readers a glimpse into our wide-ranging list…

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Film Celebrates Life of Food Pioneer Joan Gussow

November 6, 2014

The New York Times has called Joan Gussow the “matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement.” Bestselling author Michael Pollan agrees, saying “Once in a while, I think I’ve had an original thought, then I look and read around and realize Joan said it first.” This month, a new, 75-minute documentary film celebrating Gussow’s pioneering work…

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Capturing Landscape in a Wine: The Unlikely Vineyard

October 27, 2014

Is it possible to capture landscape in a bottle? To express its essence of place—geology, geography, climate, and soil—as well as the skill of the winegrower? That’s what Deirdre Heekin and her chef/husband, Caleb Barber, set out to accomplish on their tiny, eight-acre hillside farm and vineyard in Vermont. “Our farming came from wanting to grow…

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In Memoir, Environmental Insider Calls for Radical Change

October 20, 2014

As an influential figure in America’s environmental movement, Gus Speth can boast quite a remarkable resume–co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, founder of the World Resources Institute, dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, environmental advisor to Presidents Carter and Clinton, and the list goes on. Yet, as a southern gentleman,…

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Chelsea Green Celebrates 30 Years of Craft and Cutting Edge Books

October 9, 2014

We here at Chelsea Green have always had a nose for authors and books that are years ahead of the cultural curve. That knack is clearly on display in a new anthology that we’re making available to celebrate our first thirty years in publishing. More than one hundred books are represented in this collection and…

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Take it Slow: 15 Life Lessons from a Unicyclist

September 10, 2014

Have you ever wanted to slow down, let life’s winds wobble you, and devote yourself to the act of anticipation rather than immediacy? Simple. Learn how to ride a unicycle. Or, if that’s not your speed you could follow a few of author Mark Schimmoeller’s thoughtful, guiding principles. Even for those of us who have…

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