Folks This Aint Normal
and The Sheer Ecstasy of Being A Lunatic Farmer
by Joel Salatin.
While both are easy going reads, I feel that Folks
is more of a comprehensive, controlled diatribe of material Joel has already poured out or at least touched on in his previous books. I'm getting a lot of useful info out of Sheer Ecstasy
as I learn more about this whole farming thing.
Here's one that really surprised me: Off On Our Own
by Ted Carns. This one's about he and his wife's off grid lifestyle at the Stone Camp in Southwest Pennsylvania. Indeed, even as I type this up I googled the author and found the website for the book, thestonecamp.com
. Now I need to take in that content. The author is a handyman at heart and goes into a lot of detail of the jobs, tasks, and innovations he's put into action at the camp, including wood gasifier tractors, total and complete recycling, and trash compacting cleaned junk plastics into bricks for framing an out building. He goes into a lot of philosophy behind his approach to self-sufficiency (note, he never says permaculture)
For fiction, I got a lot of entertainment out of Dan Simmons' Hyperion
books, a 4 part sci-fi series.