gave up on itHi there. I saw Shannon Hayes speak this winter at an organic farming conference. She was an excellent speaker and gave a great, inspiring presentation. 'twas accompanied by a very entertaining power point/pictures put together by her husband that would juxtapose funny things and have cows floating away and what not.
Though I liked parts of it (made it maybe 2/3 through), I found her annoying. First of all, people have been doing "radical homemaking" for a long time. It's called homesteading, lots of people do it (though they do it quietly so mainstream folks are totally unaware), and it is not new.
Her snarky judments of people who don't live like her or her subjects are just too much. Really. If it weren't for that I may have enjoyed the book, but I couldn't get past her obnoxious-ness, even though it wasn't on every page. Why did her editor leave that? Phrases like "these people..." do blahblahblah are just so condescending and rude, especially for someone who wants to inspire people to move on from the lifestyle she is judging. The funny part is that I don't disagree with many of her judgements, it's why I have chosen to live the pseudo-"radical homemaker" lifestyle that I do. But I can't stand that superior tone. Especially since I happen to live in a rather affluent area and am daily surprised, happily, by shared values and things in common with people who make our household's annnual income on a weekly basis.
If I wasn't an organic farmer and didn't know dozens of families who homesead (Radical Homemakers, as she seems to need to re-name them) this book might have interested me more. So I am glad it's out there. But I certainly don't need to spend time reading it myself...
There was a waiting list at the library and I was relieved to have an excuse not to finish it! But, again, I am glad it's there. Too bad she will surely turn off some readers with her snarkitude.