The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Livingby Wendy Jehanara Tremayne
Tired of the high-pressure life they lead in New York City, Wendy Jehanara Tremayne and her husband migrate to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where they build, invent, forage, and grow all they need for themselves. Full of quirky stories and imaginative illustrations, this inspiring memoir chronicles the off-the-grid adventures of the Tremaynes. Touchingly
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Tired of the high-pressure life they lead in New York City, Wendy Jehanara Tremayne and her husband migrate to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where they build, invent, forage, and grow all they need for themselves. Full of quirky stories and imaginative illustrations, this inspiring memoir chronicles the off-the-grid adventures of the Tremaynes. Touchingly personal while also providing practical tutorials on making your own biofuel, building an efficient house, and gardening sustainably, The Good Life Lab will encourage you to chase your dreams of self-sufficiency.
"Stop whatever you’re doing and get this book. I’ve just finished reading it and I have to say that Wendy and Mikey could easily be the poster children for modern day hacking. ...There wasn’t a single piece of their lives that wasn’t somehow improved by their efforts to play an active role in their own living. … Their life is their workbench. … should be handed out in high schools as part of the curriculum.”
“Captivating right from the start … Whether for inspiration or as a road map to creating your own off-the-grid homestead, Tremayne’s book is a must read for any maker who fantasizes about stepping off the consumer-centered treadmill and into a life that is connected to nature, unhurried and meaningful.”
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Silver Award Winner, Green Living/Sustainability
"Practical information guides you through a remarkably varied range of do-it-yourself projects, including building with papercrete, plastic welding, and fermenting your own kombucha, kimchi, and tempeh."
"Wendy and Mikey set out to find a state of happiness that could not be bought with dollar bills. By trial and error, with faith and vision, they built a new life, a life of work and play and celebration under the vast desert sky. This fascinating book tells their story."
"An invitation to experiment on your own and try to live a life of your own making. It'll be messy, imperfect, and a lot more fun."
2014Silver Award Winner, Nautilus "Better Books for a Better World" Award in the Green Living/Sustainability category.
Meet the Author
Wendy Tremayne was a creative director in a marketing firm in New York City before moving to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where she built an off-the-grid oasis in a barren RV park with her partner, Mikey Sklar. She is the founder of the textile repurposing event Swap-O-Rama-Rama, which has spread all over the world; a conceptual artist; a yogi; a gardener; and a writer. She has written for Craft's webzine and Make magazine and, with Mikey Sklar, keeps the blog Holy Scrap.
Dale Dougherty is the founder, editor, and publisher of Make magazine.
Christopher Bamford is the author of An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West.
Brad Lancaster is the author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond.
Sandor Ellix Katz is the author of The Art of Fermentation.
Alyce Santoro is a conceptual and sound artist and a member of the multimedia collective known as the Center for the Improbable and (Im)Permacultural Research.
Pir Zia Inayat-Kahn is the spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International.
The Reverend Billy, of the Church of Stop Shopping, is the author of The End of the World.
Doug Rushkoff is a media theorist and the author of many books, including Life, Inc. and Present Shock.
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