Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | October 25, 2012

Radical Homemakers: A Book Worth Reading

Have you ever found a book that reflects your lifestyle choice and passions in such a real way that it was as if you wrote the book yourself?

I had this experience this fall. This 295 page book is called, Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture. By Shannon Hayes. ISBN 978-0-9794391-1-7. $23.95 (Sociology and Sustainable Living.)

Radical Homemakers (Paperback)

An excerpt…”Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinction, most Americans understand the steps necessary to solve our global crisis: reduce driving, consume less, increase our self-reliance, but locally, eat locally, rebuild out local communities. In essence, the great work we face requires re-kindling the home fires.

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

Radical Homemakers nation-wide 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 though and creativity. If you ever considered quitting your job to plant and can organic tomatoes or green beans, seeing to the needs of your children, pursue creative work, create your own healthy and superior meals from scratch and as a result, help to heal your piece of the plant… than this is your book.”

At the very core of the Radical Homemaking social movement is the rebuilding of the food culture based on principles of ecological sustainability and social justice, something that seems to have been lost in the nation’s love affair with commerce.

Many who have dedicated their lives to this movement believe that honoring the tenants of the Radical Homemaker choice is the first step to bringing about cultural change. The book honors the choice and says that “each of us has the power to make this vision a reality and it all begins at home.”

I love this book. It spoke to me. I want to share it with everyone I know.

You can also visit www.radicalhomemakers.com which is published by Left to Right Press is distributed by Chelsea Green.

Small House / Big Sky Donna

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