Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Radical Homemakers

My current reading is Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes. A book I've wanted to read for some months now. I ordered it from Amazon to read while on holiday - and it is the most inspiring/heartening book I've read in ages. Here is the description from Amazon ..

Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises-drive less, consume less, increase self-reliance, buy locally, eat locally, rebuild our local communities.

In essence, the great work we face requires rekindling the home fires.

Radical Homemakers is about men and women across the U.S. who focus on home and hearth as a political and ecological act, and who have centered their lives around family and community for personal fulfillment and cultural change. It explores what domesticity looks like in an era that has benefited from feminism, where domination and oppression are cast aside and where the choice to stay home is no longer equated with mind-numbing drudgery, economic insecurity, or relentless servitude.

Radical Homemakers nationwide speak about empowerment, transformation, happiness, and casting aside the pressures of a consumer culture to live in a world where money loses its power to relationships, independent thought, and creativity. If you ever considered quitting a job to plant tomatoes, read to a child, pursue creative work, can green beans and heal the planet, this is your book.

Often reading about how much the world needs to change in the face of climate change and peak oil is very depressing. There seems to be too much to do, and not enough people who care.

This book is different though, it focuses on the stories of people who are actually making the changes in their own lives....who are trying to live simply/frugally...and it is a real treat to be in their company and it is hugely inspiring.
In the spirit of this I tried to get my local library to buy the book...but they didn't...but I'm not sorry to have purchased it. I think its a book that will be regularly re-read!

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