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Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World | [Joel Salatin]

Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st 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.
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From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. Here, 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 impacts.

>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 best-selling 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 - makes Folks, This Ain't Normal a must-listen book.

©2011 Joel Salatin (P)2011 Hachette

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    Samantha Louisville, KY, United States 02-26-14
    Samantha Louisville, KY, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This atheist city-dwelling liberal loved this book"
    If you could sum up Folks, This Ain't Normal in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Eye-Opening, Inspiring


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Folks, This Ain't Normal?

    I loved Joel's excellent laymen's terms descriptions of his animal-care philosophy


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I spaced it out to a few chapters a sitting. There's just so much to think about in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be put off by any political or religious differences you may have with the author. His tone throughout the book is plain-spoken, inclusive and always seeking the common ground. It was such a wonderful and refreshing change from the tribalistic hyperbole that permeates most discussions about food, diet, industry and government. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone.

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    Amazon Customer Huntsville, AL, United States 12-29-13
    Amazon Customer Huntsville, AL, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I Loved This Book!!"
    Would you listen to Folks, This Ain't Normal again? Why?

    I have listened to this book several times and undoubtedly will again. Joel comes across as very real and his heartfelt coming to terms with issues that affect all of us should resonate with everyone, regardless of his or her religious beliefs. Joel briefly discusses his beliefs without making any judgments. The fact of the matter is, if you like food, if you value your health, you MUST read Joel Salatin!!


    What other book might you compare Folks, This Ain't Normal to and why?

    Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, which is also excellent, introduces the reader to Joel Salatin and what he does. Pollan does not bring religion to the table, but provides much food for thought as to where our food comes from and how healthy or unhealthy it is.


    Have you listened to any of Joel Salatin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. As far as I know, this is the only audio book he has done. I wish he would do the other books he has written in audio as well. I am in the process of buying his books one by one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at many of the stories Joel tells. He is a gifted communicator and paints vivid word pictures.


    Any additional comments?

    I knew of Joel Salatin before I read Michael Pollan, as he is well-known in magazines like Mother Earth News, Backwoods Home, and Grit, etc. However, I was not aware that he calls himself a conservative Libertarian or that he was a Christian. After listening to his book I think we all should hear what he has to say and take action. We are, after all, responsible for our own health and lives.

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    Felix Del Barrio Australia 09-23-13
    Felix Del Barrio Australia 09-23-13 Member Since 2013

    Felix Del Barrio

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    "Joel is a gem"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If Joel were an egg, he would be a golden one. This book is yet another example of his infectious enthusiasm for one of the worlds most noble art forms.


    Any additional comments?

    Joel, if you're reading this, thank you. It's a wonderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Alvarado, TX, United States 09-01-13
    Jacob Alvarado, TX, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome!"
    What did you love best about Folks, This Ain't Normal?

    It's eye-opening from start to finish. I wish it were required reading for humans worldwide.


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    Let sarasota, FL, United States 08-08-13
    Let sarasota, FL, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Life changing"
    Would you listen to Folks, This Ain't Normal again? Why?

    Yes, Very informative and a lot to digest. I will listen to it 5 times more if I feel like I need to.


    What about Joel Salatin’s performance did you like?

    Very personable. Felt like I was being engaged in a one o one conversation.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Life changing. I don't say that often.


    Any additional comments?

    It's about farming, ethics, environment, family, and harmonizing our lives with our surroundings. Life changing book for me.

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    Scot Kirkland, WA, United States 07-13-13
    Scot Kirkland, WA, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great content. A little repetative."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great content. Edit it to reduce repetitiveness, then I’d say everyone should read/listen to this book. I found myself wishing I could speed up the delivery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Have you listened to any of Joel Salatin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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    Rodney Westbrook, Ct, United States 05-09-13
    Rodney Westbrook, Ct, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    This book is simply amazing. I am so glad that Joel narrated the story himself. I don't think that any other person could have delivered the stories and information quite as effectively and Joel speaking his own words. I'm not sure even where to start with a review, but I can tell you that if you approach this book with an open mind, it can seriously change your life, beginning with the food choices you make. Joel is an amazing man, and I'd say he's quite a revolutionary. At least when it comes to what and how we eat. Not to say that this book is about nutrition, but rather it looks at the bigger picture of how food and other life factors affect our planet and environment. I think the world would be a better place if more people read this book and implemented the advice that Joel gives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. ARDMORE, OK, United States 03-30-13
    K. ARDMORE, OK, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Do not pass this book up!"
    Would you listen to Folks, This Ain't Normal again? Why?

    I would and did. Because it is so important to understand this situation that is facing us and what we can do about it. Because of this book, we are starting a garden, recycling, going to start raising chickens and goats. You don't have to make these choices but it will certainly make you think and at least make you want to go to the farmer's market rather than the supermarket.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    What it takes to grow and raise our food and finding out that it doesn't have to be as disturbing, if done the right way, as the feedlots and monoculture systems. It also makes me to take action to stay in contact with my local representatives to change the restraints against local food. Its better to have many avenue to get food rather than just one, industrial food monopoly.


    What about Joel Salatin’s performance did you like?

    His enthusiasm and passion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Its funny in several places. I laughed, I was shocked, and I was outraged.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not pass up this book. Everyone should listen to this.

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    Amazon Customer Holbrook, AZ United States 03-04-13
    Amazon Customer Holbrook, AZ United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Take control of your food foot print"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Joel, as always, has lots of practical advice for consumers and farmers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Joel's stories and sage country wisdom. At the end of every chapter, he lists the things the reader can do.


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    Kevin Law Houston, TX 02-26-13
    Kevin Law Houston, TX 02-26-13
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    Wonderful book! It will change how you think about buying anything from the Grocery.
    I'm starting to buy local foods from local farmers .

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