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"The world is moving towards a tougher period, when the relative ease and luxury we've known will be tested. But that test can deepen our family and community lives, as Shannon Hayes shows, providing more of us-of both genders-become homemakers."--Bill McKibben, author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
"Imagine women with masters degrees and PhDs who choose home over career advancement. Imagine wives (and husbands) who reject the false promise of endless paid labor to tend gardens and children and friendships. In a time when Wall Street MBAs-producing nothing of value but rewarded with million-dollar bonuses and blinded by greed-have driven our country to bankruptcy and despair, Shannon Hayes' stories of women and men who choose simplicity, authenticity and community inspire hope. Outside the boxes of both conservatives and liberals, this book is radical thinking at its best. Read it and think."--John de Graaf, coauthor of Affluenza and director of Take Back Your Time
"Brilliant, visionary, and practical. This is a mind-bending book that will forever change your view of human possibility and compel you to rethink your life. My highest recommendation."--David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning, and board chair of YES! magazine
"Shannon Hayes retrieves the word "homemaker" from being a sort of quaint, yellowing doily laid in the sideboard, along with frugality and simplicity, and shows how radical, indeed, it is to take responsibility for the health of your family, community and world by raising wonderful food, wonderful kids and a wonderful ruckus in the face of injustice or greed. She and her husband had the courage to 'do the math' and see that a double-income life was not worth living (and was barely worth the money). They also had, as most radical homemakers do, the canny ability to question the standard assumptions about the good life . . . they could develop the skills, patience, and community connections of homemaking while keeping their minds sharp and their lives relevant. At a time when many of the pillars of our security are wobbly-the economy, oil and water and mineral supplies, climate predictability-I predict that Radical Homemakers will become a bible for those seeking to make their lives more manageable, safe, and deeply fulfilling."--Vicki Robin, coauthor of Your Money or Your Life and host of yourmoneyoryourlife.info
"The real 4-Hour Workweek. Reclaim and upgrade your life with this urgently needed work from the integrity-driven soul of Shannon Hayes. No lives of quiet desperation here: rejecting outmoded, inauthentic and toxic societal practices, Shannon and her peers do nothing less than redesign the work-life-success paradigm. Breathtaking, scholarly, passionate and inspiring."--Holly Hickman, Radical Homemaker, former Fox News Radio reporter and creator of SustainableSuppers.com
Shannon Hayes works with her family raising grassfed meat on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in upstate New York. She is the author of Long Way on a Little, The Grassfed Gourmet, The Farmer and the Grill and the controversial best-seller, Radical Homemakers. Hayes holds a Ph.D. in sustainable agriculture and community development from Cornell University, blogs for Yes! Magazine, hosts GrassfedCooking.com, and writes about her daily life farming, homeschooling her kids and cooking great food at ShannonHayes.info.
This is the subject of Shannon Hayes' new book, Radical Homemakers.
She shares openly from her heart and gives voice to the hearts of kindred seekers, bringing encouragement and paving the way for dialog and further research.
I really expected to like this book, but it had so many glaring flaws I just couldn't.
One of my Top 5 books of all time. Seriously! This book was a game changer for me. I need a sequel!Published 4 months ago by EcoGrrl
This book has literally inspired me to make significant life changes. The vignettes are inspiring, and the foundation of the author's ideas are sound. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bb
This book was much different than I had expected. For some reason I thought this was a Christian book about stay at home mothers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amanda
I'm serious, read it. Changed my life in an empowering way - even if you're already doing a lot of these things you'll still like it because it'll make you feel less alone, and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Truth Peace Love
The idea of becoming more of a producer than a consumer is one we all need to give some serious consideration - that is the basic premise of "Radical Homemakers. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book is nicely to read, but it is very idealistic. It describes household as it was before industrial revolution and family bonds in a very idealistic way. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kasia
This book has inspired me tremendously! I am a homemaker and this book made me feel like a rock star, better than that actually!Published 13 months ago by Hannah Roelofs
I found the book interesting with all the history and philosophy background. I was hoping the book would have more details on how-to and less theory. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Elizabeth Kuligowski