Blog Update!
For those of you not following me on Facebook, as of the Summer of 2019 I've moved to Central WA, to a tiny mountain town of less than 1,000 people.

I will be covering my exploits here in the Cascades, as I try to further reduce my impact on the environment. With the same attitude, just at a higher altitude!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New book club vote

Now that we've wrapped up the book club for Sleeping Naked Is Green, I thought I'd spring some ideas on you for the next one. The most obvious choice is Colin Beavan's recently released, No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process. But, since it's new and many don't have access to it from the library, I thought I'd put it to a vote and take suggestions.

Here are some oldies and some goodies:

Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
We could also finish Depletion & Abundance (I know, I know, bad book club host)!

Feel free to add suggestions in the comments. This is a multiple choice poll so you can pick your top 2. I wouldn't start the discussion posts until early October to give you time to acquire the book we choose and get a headstart on reading.

Anyway, what book would you like to read/follow along with for the next book club?

Reminder: The Cloth Wipe Challenge starts this Sunday the 13th and lasts for a week.

Head's up: I've got another challenge I'll announce soon after The Cloth Wipe Challenge ends. I'm so excited about it, I'm about to burst. I've been sitting on it for a few weeks now and I hope I can make it!


Jordan said...

I've had a copy of Cradle to Cradle sitting on my shelf for about two years now that I've never read. It would be nice to have motivation to read it, and with others!

Of course, the other books look cool too-- I just don't have ready access to them.

motheralice said...

Just started reading your blog, and I think it's great! Hope it's ok for me to just hop on into your book club.. I just finished 'Sleeping Naked', and it's nice to hear (read) thoughts from folks who don't think the whole idea of greening your lifestyle is completely nuts. :) Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

I'm currently reading Farm City. Very amusing book. Deb C in MA

Jenna Woginrich said...

I hear Made from Scratch was pretty good. Or at least fun to's got dead chickens, bear attacks, county fairs, coffee: the works. And hey, I'll discuss it too!

Robj98168 said...

I voted for Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
as I is an urban farmer and judging by mu scucess to failure rate need some educatin' maam.

All of Us said...

I was unable to take part in the last book club but I would love to participate in this one especially if we do Made from Scratch. Perhaps not the most politically charged or environmentally important book for an engaging book club though... But I would love an excuse to read it!

Crunchy Chicken said...

Motheralice - Welcome aboard! New readers can certainly join in the book club.

Jenna - Well, it appears your book is kicking some ass in the poll. It would be great if you could join in the discussion. I've been wanting to read your book since before it came out so this is a great excuse.

Rob - I think you might need more help than that :)

Anonymous said...

I have to say, I tried to read Cradle to Cradle and it bored me to death. I already know why it's important for manufacturers to make things with this approach; don't need a whole book to reinforce the idea. No Impact Man -- I'm nearly finished it, and although I like it, it's VERY similar to my book, with VERY similar experiences and lessons at the end, and I fear your readers will tire of the average-person-tries-to-be-green-for-a-year schtick. I've also read Made From Scratch -- really liked it, and there's some good informational tidbits on homesteading, but I feel like you guys probably know how to bake bread and stuff. SOOO... I'd either go for the Farm City one (I met the author of that on a writers panel in NYC recently and she's great) or the Nation of Farmers one.