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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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We've Been Brainwashed

Few books are truly life shaking. This is one of those books. Joel Salatin, with his down to earth gravelly voice and demeanor, shares information and experiences that will change the way you view your food, your farmer, your government, and your life. His narration is easy to listen to from start to finish. You will need to listen to this book more than once to absorb so much information. Five stars!

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farmer or not you this is a very important read

sometimes he's a little bit out there, but he is a genius! as a result of listening to this one I have made a lot of changes in how I approach food

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Great job Joel Salatin

Best audio book I have listened to. Not only was it interesting,inspiring, and informative Joel Salatin' s narration was most enjoyable. You were able to really feel how he felt and laugh with him as well . Great book and great audio!

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  • BJ
  • 07-17-17

awesome book

thank you for this book. thank you. thank you, thank you .thank you? thank you! thank you!

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Awesome and Intelligent

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

Yes. It was inspirational and creative.

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

The Bible. It was that epic.

What does Joel Salatin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a charismatic genius!

If you could give Folks, This Ain't Normal a new subtitle, what would it be?

Please read because you will enjoy!

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I am glad I read this :)

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Great info

Common sense for uncommon times, very actionable, also great examples of how our food system has gone of the rails.

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Even if you don't agree with all of the author's opinions, it is worth reading to challenge yourr thoughts on norms we see every day. Also, due to the author's enthusiasm, I plan on reading his next book.

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Great great insight. It'll put words on the feelings that many have.

Such a good book, such an important read!!! Thank you Joel.
In the downside, not being American, it's a bit annoying the constant, pinky environmentalist comments.
Joel need not be ashamed of being an environmentalist, it's part of the Kingdom. I wish he had Kingdom theology vocabulary, it would have made it a more sharp message.
But again!!! Such a good book!!!

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  • William
  • Indianola, MS, United States
  • 05-23-17

Political Ranting - Not Farming Advice

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For starters, let me say that Joel Salatin is a very smart man with amazing ideas on how to run a farm. I would also like to say that I don't disagree with much of the beliefs he shares in this book. I'm just not an extremist like him.

I bought this book because I keep bees and had thought that keeping chickens could be a nonchemical way to deal with my hive beetle problems. Yet this book has no practical advice about raising "Happier Chickens" as the title suggests.

Instead, Joel pontificates about government and big business. Joel lost me almost immediately by insulting everything from video games, to travel, to movies, to little league, to even owning dogs. He seems to think that American's squander their lives by daring to participate in recreation. In his mind women sit around glued to tabloid magazines and men forgo working to play video games while their families starve to death.

Only the Amish are virtuous enough to fall in line with what he thinks is "Normal".

An hour in, I considered asking for a refund but then thought, "Maybe this book will can tell me how to stay out of legal trouble on the farm." Nope - just more ranting!

Joel is a survivalist dressed in farmer's clothing, and like survivalist, he seems to believe the world's economy will implode one day and his lifetime of abstinence will give him a great big "I told you so" moment. It won't.

Joel is convinced that if we shut down the government then everyone else can be trusted to do the right thing - since only the government and big business are corrupt.

He goes on and on about how laws and corporate business practices are "unfair".

"Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all." - William Goldman, the writer of the Princess Bride (That was a really funny movie that Joel missed out on.)

So let me conclude this review by saying, if you are a fanatical libertarian, a survivalist, or a conspiracy theorist, then this is a book you will thoroughly enjoy. However, if you are looking for practical farm advice, don't even lift the cover.

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wonderful

incredibly informative, eye opening and inspirational. Guess whos going to start farming?!
you guessed it. Me!