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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Home; Original edition (February 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440310246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440310249
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Deanna Caswell and Daisy Siskins write the popular blog www.littlehouseinthesuburbs.com, which has been featured on msn.com, apartmenttherapy.com, stumbleupon.com and thriftyfun.com. The blog has 150,000 page views each month.

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I did love the ladies' writing style.
Rule Britannia!
This book is one of the better books for those that want to become self suficient and learn more about urban farming.
Brendalynn
I found this book fun to read and very informative.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Brendalynn on April 2, 2012
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This book is one of the better books for those that want to become self suficient and learn more about urban farming. The authors are not only funny but great at taking you step by step through some of the processes that may seem intimidating. We purchased chickens and used the book for a guide as to what to expect each week as they grow. They even help you decide on what breed. I found myself reading excerpts out loud to people because some of their chicken stories are so funny. I also felt the beekeeping section was very thorough. I personally would love to start bee keeping and feel I actually could after reading this book. The rest of the book is filled with great ideas, easy recipes and things to do to make your family and your household more productive, less reliant on stores and healthier! (big bonus!) The authors have a blog and a newsletter that you can sign up for and I found that to be very helpful and informational as well.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By AAyers on July 15, 2012
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I have tried to read other gardening and homesteading books only to be left both bored and overwhelmed. This is the first book of it's kind that I have found encouraging and thoroughly entertaining! These two women know their stuff and they convey the information simply and with terrific humor. I haven't found one page that has overwhelmed or bored me, it's all good! And with all of the new insight I've gleaned, I really feel like I can do this, despite my "gray" thumb! Love this book and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try their hand at gardening or keeping chickens/goats/bees, in the suburbs...how cool is that?!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Debbie N Texas on January 27, 2012
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I received my copy of Little House in the Suburbs today. I was never so excited. I originally purchased it for my son but it is so good that I decided to keep it for myself. It has many recipes for basic foods...like mayo and mustard, as well as raising gardens and animals as well as making gifts from things you have around the house. There is something of interest for everyone. The book is VERY WELL written and simple to follow. I am going to order 2 more copies of this book for my kids. They are trying to learn to be self sufficient so I know this book will help them too. It is all about Backyard farming and home skills so if you are interested in this....this book is for you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Mrs. on February 19, 2013
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I have had this book just sitting around for about 6 months now and I finally decided to pick it up. It's a fast read and one that I absolutely enjoyed! I am usually the type to have 3-4 books going at once and it takes me forever to finish one. I get Book ADD essentially. Not this book! I picked it up throughout the week when I had some time.

I would have given this book a 5 star rating except there are some typos and editing mistakes. Things like using the word "to" when "too" should have been used. There are a few instances were a word is missing in a sentence every now and then some completely random word was used when it didn't fit. In this case the word was "light" and it threw the entire sentence off. I also had some pages in the second to the last chapter where the lettering/print was faded. There were about 4 paragraphs in all that I had a hard time reading because of it. Other than these things I feel the book was more than worth the price of purchase.

This book inspired me to purchase other books that deal with the subject matter that interested me most- chickens and natural bee keeping. It does offer a nice dip-your-toes level of information; enough to whet the appetite for more in-depth reading. I also enjoy the graffics within the book and I loved the colors of the text boxes; it gave it a modern-retro feel. This book never trails off somewhere on a tangent, the material was always on point. Having two authors also helped to ger differing experiences and opinions while giving the book a nice steady pace. This isn't a 100% "Crunchy and Granola" kind of book but rather a book that helps one include these things into their lives. It's not an all or nothing approach the authors take, it's "start small and see where it takes you" experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alecia J. Rivas on November 8, 2012
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I absolutely adore this book. It's cute, interesting, and chock-full of useful information. I'm especially fond of the two authors' writing styles, which makes reading the book feel like a one-sided discussion over a cup of coffee. My favorite part of this book, really, is the attitude that doing all of these wondrous, home-made, home-grown things is possible for even the common layman (or laywoman), and that while we should all do our research, we shouldn't be intimidated by the ideas. The two topics that really cemented this for me was the natural bee-keeping and the soap making. Both topics really overwhelmed me and I'd put them on the very end of my 'must try' list. Well, I don't mind saying that after Reading Little House in the Suberbs, they have both moved to the top of the list. I can't wait to try them out now. So thanks, Daisy and Deanna.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ross Terrio on July 9, 2013
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I was disappointed in this book. This is a good coffee table book for somebody that has a passing interest but was too light for me. If you are looking for more than a hobby book then go with "The encyclopedia of country living."
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