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4.00087696335079 out of 54.00087696335079 out of 54.00087696335079 out of 54.00087696335079 out of 54.00087696335079 out of 5 4.00 (764 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joel Salatin Narrator: Joel Salatin Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the twenty-first century just ain’t normal. In Folks, This Ain’t Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.

Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as “Virginia’s most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture” and profiled in the Academy Award nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the bestselling book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn’t stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller’s knack for the revealing anecdote.

Salatin’s crucial message and distinctive voice—practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure—make Folks, This Ain’t Normal a must-read book. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Whether or not you agree with his contention that we would be better off if the government got out of food regulation, his ideas are compellingly written, fun to read, and well worth pondering.”

    Marion Nestle, Dept. of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, NYU, and author of Food Politics

  • “Joel Salatin is a down-to-earth twenty-first-century pioneer, one of those rare contrarian thinkers whose words and work have the power to transform the way a generation thinks. Folks This Ain’t Normal will help seed the new nature movement and inspire people everywhere—especially young people in need of some practical hope. And here’s the bonus: The book is great fun to read. Sacred cows beware.”

    Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle

  • “In his new book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal, the fifty-four-year-old famer-philosopher emerges as a true American throwback: an agrarian libertarian who wants both Food Inc. and Big Government out of his fields…It’s about better food, yes, but what Salatin is really calling for is responsibility: a declaration of independence from corporations and bureaucracy. He wants us to be full citizens of the food system, like the Jeffersonian citizen-farmers who founded the country.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hether | 2/9/2014

    " Very interesting and packed with information about supporting a healthier food system, though has the potential to make some folks angry with his blanket statements about groups of people he doesn't approve of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jayme Nelson | 1/24/2014

    " I read this book for the Luther College CSA bookclub. I have to say... it made me think. The author has a political orientation that's quite different from mine. This was perhaps one of the first times that I understood the "other side's perspective". At times the folksy.... "this ain't normal" retort got a little old and over-used. In general though, I found this book to be an intelligent treatise on the state of farming in today's world. Very insightful - I felt like I learned a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Martha | 1/16/2014

    " LOVED this book. It made me think a lot about food, government, regulations, and basic freedoms. This would be a great book for a discussion group. In fact I feel like this book summarizes many of my feelings of the role of government that I have not been able to express by myself. The author is passionate about what he is writing and is very articulate, crabby, sarcastic, fun, and truthful. Entertaining and informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Martha Chiavetta | 1/14/2014

    " This I a fantastic book! I love his style of writing. This book will have you reconnected with your food and you earth in no time. "

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