The Good Life Revival Book Club
The Good Life Revival Book Club is where we get together to discuss the writings of some of our favorite authors in this back-to-the-land, return-to-nature sphere.
Each month, we’ll dig into a new book that explores topics such as homesteading, gardening, foraging, cooking and fermenting, health and wellness, spirituality, philosophy, ecology and more.
I will chat with the author of that month’s book for an interview on the main feed of the Good Life Revival Podcast, and I will share my own audio commentary on the book exclusively through Patreon, where discussion of the book will take place.
If you dig the topics that I explore through the podcast, then I know you will love the books that I pick out for us to discuss! Any book that gets my stamp of approval is one I would be proud to display on my bookshelf – one that you’ll have a hard time putting down, and will want to revisit regularly.
I see this book club as an excellent way to dig deeper into some of my favorite books, discover new gems, and also build community all along the way. But I can’t do it alone – this thing will only be as cool as we all collectively make it!
To get in on the fun and listen to my exclusive audio commentary—essentially a whole other podcast-within-a-podcast—all it takes is a monthly pledge of $1 or more through Patreon, my crowd-funded digital tip jar.
Friends of the podcast just like you are voting with their dollars for more audio content from yours truly, and I am more than happy to oblige!
Join the Good Life Revival Book Club by becoming a supporter on Patreon today! To learn more about how I would use your funds, and find out what else is in it for you (aside from my eternal gratitude!) visit patreon.com/goodliferevival.
Do you have any suggestions for books and authors to be featured in this monthly series? I would love to get your feedback! Click here to write me an email and let me know who you think would be a good candidate!
May 2018: The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk
May’s book is The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach by Ben Falk!
The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.
The book covers nearly every strategy Falk and his team have been testing at the Whole Systems Research Farm over the past decade, as well as experiments from other sites Falk has designed through his off-farm consulting business. The book includes detailed information on earthworks; gravity-fed water systems; species composition; the site-design process; site management; fuelwood hedge production and processing; human health and nutrient-dense production strategies; rapid topsoil formation and remineralization; agroforestry/silvopasture/grazing; ecosystem services, especially regarding flood mitigation; fertility management; human labor and social-systems aspects; tools/equipment/appropriate technology; and much more, complete with gorgeous photography and detailed design drawings.
Order a copy of The Resilient Farm and Homestead through Chelsea Green Publishing today!
- Stay tuned for my interview with Ben Falk, to be released May 2018!
April 2018: Rewild or Die by Urban Scout (Peter Michael Bauer)
April’s book is Rewild or Die: Revolution and Renaissance at the End of Civilization by Urban Scout!
Rewild or Die is a collection of essays written by Urban Scout exploring the philosophy of the emerging rewilding renaissance, in which civilized humans are thought to be "domesticated" through thousands of years of sedentary, agrarian life. This way of life is believed to be the root of all environmental destruction and social injustice. Rewilding is the process of un-doing this domestication, and restoring healthy, biologically diverse communities. Using thoughtful, humorously cynical and at times angry prose, Urban Scout explores how the ideology of civilization clashes with the wild and wild peoples, and how thinking, feeling and most importantly living wild is the only way to reach true sustainability.
Order a copy of Rewild or Die through Amazon today!
- Listen to my full interview with Peter here: The Good Life Revival Podcast #37 - 'The Privilege and Necessity of Rewilding'
- And stay tuned for my commentary on Rewild or Die, exclusively for Patreon contributors!
March 2018: Incredible Wild Edibles by Samuel Thayer
March’s book is Incredible Wild Edibles: 36 Plant That Can Change Your Life by Samuel Thayer!
Incredible Wild Edibles covers 36 of the best edible wild plants in North America: fruits, berries, nuts, shoots, leafy greens, root vegetables, culinary herbs, teas, and syrups that boast exceptional flavor and nutrition. The plants chosen represent every habitat and every region in North America, from the northern forests to the southwest deserts, from the largest cities to the wildest mountains.
Rather than cover hundreds of species in brief accounts that leave the reader unsure of how to proceed, Samuel Thayer encourages readers to thoroughly learn one plant at a time. Each of these traditional foods has a rich culinary and cultural history―a wholesome past that is still relevant for our health and happiness today. The text is fully accessible to the novice, but remains botanically accurate and has the in-depth information that seasoned foragers crave.
Order a copy of Incredible Wild Edibles at foragersharvest.com today!
- Listen to my full interview with Samuel here: The Good Life Revival Podcast #35 - 'Foraging for the Future'
- And stay tuned for my commentary on Incredible Wild Edibles, exclusively for Patreon contributors!
February 2018: Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman
February’s book is Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement by Katy Bowman!
Move Your DNA explains the science behind our need for natural movement right down to the cellular level. It examines the differences between the movements in a typical hunter-gatherer's life and the movements in our own. It shows the many problems with using exercise like movement vitamins instead of addressing the deeper issue of our poor movement diet. Best of all, Move Your DNA contains the corrective exercises, habit modifications, and simple lifestyle changes we need to make in order to slowly mobilize our body to decrease pain and uncover our naturally healthy, reflex-driven selves.
From couch potatoes to professional athletes, new parents to seniors, readers will love Bowman's humorous, passionate, and science-based guide to restoring your body and reclaiming your life.
Order a copy of Move Your DNA at nutritiousmovement.com! (Use my discount code permabook for 20% off!)
- Listen to my full interview with Katy here: The Good Life Revival Podcast #33 - 'Diversity and Abundance of Nutritious Movement'
And check out my audio commentary on Move Your DNA, exclusively for Patreon contributors: Book Club Review #2 - 'Move Your DNA'
January 2018: Sacred Gardening by Steven Elliot Martyn
January’s book is Sacred Gardening: Seeds for the Reemergence of Co-Creative Agriculture by Steven Elliot Martyn!
In this book I intend to reflect a way of working with Earth, in which, all the beings of a given place are acknowledged as the guardians and co-creators of that place. A way of gardening, in which, these beings are sacredly approached and worked with, in their protogenic capacity. I’m interested in promoting gardening as consensus, gardening as communion and gardening as an extension of the ecological continuum, of which, our human evolution is also part.
Gardening did not begin with humans. The Earth is a garden and cultivation is the domain of creation. Everything on this Earth cultivates its own environment, and, in so doing, participates in the Earth’s cultivation and Her perennial cycles of abundance.
Order a copy of Sacred Gardening at thesacredgardener.ca! (Use my discount code earthwisdom for $5 off)!
- Listen to my full interview with Steven here: The Good Life Revival Podcast #30 - ‘Sacred Land Use and the Intuitive Path’
- And check out my audio commentary on Sacred Gardening, exclusively for Patreon contributors: Book Club Review #1 - 'Sacred Gardening'