The Chelsea Green Reader: Selections from 30 Years of Independent Publishing, 1984-2014

The Chelsea Green Reader: Selections from 30 Years of Independent Publishing, 1984-2014

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Overview

Chelsea Green, the Vermont-based independent publisher, has always had a nose for authors and subjects that are way ahead of the cultural curve, as is evident in this new anthology celebrating the company’s first thirty years in publishing.

The more than one hundred books represented in this collection reflect the many distinct areas in which we have published–from literature and memoirs to progressive politics, to highly practical books on green building, organic gardening and farming, food and health, and related subjects–all of which reflect our underlying philosophy: "The politics and practice of sustainable living." The Chelsea Green Reader offers a glimpse into our wide-ranging list of books and authors and to the important ideas that they express. Interesting and worth reading in their own right, the individual passages when taken as a whole trace the evolution of a highly successful small publisher–something that is almost an oxymoron in these days of corporate buyouts and multinational book groups.

From the beginning, Chelsea Green's books were nationally recognized, garnering positive reviews, accolades, and awards. We’ve published four New York Times bestsellers, and our books have set the standard for in-depth, how-to books that remain relevant years–often decades–beyond their original publication date.

"Chelsea Green was born from a single seed: the beauty of craft. Craft in writing and editing, in a story well told, or a thesis superbly expressed," writes cofounder and publisher emeritus Ian Baldwin in the book's foreword. Today, craft continues to inform all aspects of our work–design, illustration, production, sales, promotion, and beyond. It has even informed our business model: In 2012, Chelsea Green became an employee-owned company.

With the rise of the Internet, new media platforms, and a constantly shifting bookselling landscape, the future of publishing is anything but predictable. But if Chelsea Green's books prove anything, it is that, despite these challenges, there remains a hunger for new and important ideas and authors, and for the permanence and craftsmanship of the printed word. Today our ongoing mission is stronger than ever, as we launch into our next thirty years of publishing excellence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603586016
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Watson is the editor of The Chelsea Green Reader. A longtime senior editor for Chelsea Green and other publishers, Watson specializes in books on sustainable agriculture, ecological gardening, and traditional foods and food culture. He is the author or coauthor of several nonfiction books, including Cider, Hard and Sweet, published by The Countryman Press/W.W. Norton. Watson’s book writing and editing projects for Chelsea Green include Passport to Gardening, Slow Food, and The Slow Food Guide to New York City.

Watson consults on heritage orchard and biodiversity projects around the country. He speaks frequently to audiences on the history and biological diversity of apples and the re-emerging national and world cider culture.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xv

Art, Poetry, Fable & Fiction

The Man Who Planted Trees (1985) 1

In a Pig's Eye (1985) 3

Words and Images of Edvard Munch (1986) 5

Judevine (1991) 7

A Cafecito Story (2001) 11

Rehearsing with Gods (2004) 13

Not in His Image (2006) 15

Nature & Adventure Travel

First Light (1986) 21

Backtracking (1987) 23

On Watching Birds (1988) 26

A Canoeist's Sketchbook (1991) 30

Set Free in China (1992) 32

A Shadow and a Song (1992) 34

The Safari Companion (1993) 36

The Northern Forest (1995) 38

The Lost Language of Plants (2002) 41

Sippewissett (2006) 43

Javatrekker (2007) 44

Sex and the River Styx (2011) 47

In the Company of Bears (2013) 49

Memoir & Biography

Permanent Parisians (1986) 55

Goodbye Highland Yankee (1988) 57

John Burroughs (1992) 60

Loving and Leaving the Good Life (1992) 63

This Organic Life (2001) 66

A Handmade Life (2003) 68

An Unreasonable Woman (2005) 69

The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor (2007) 74

Up Tunket Road (2010) 76

Diary of an Eco-Outlaw (2011) 79

Good Morning, Beautiful Business (2013) 82

Slow spoke (2013) 84

Organic Gardening & Small-Scale Farming

The New Organic Grower (1989) 89

The Contrary Farmer (1994) 91

The Apple Grower (1998) 93

Sharing the Harvest (1999) 95

Natural Beekeeping (2007) 96

The Winter Harvest Handbook (2009) 99

The Resilient Gardener (2010) 101

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock (2011) 103

The Holistic Orchard (2011) 104

The Organic Grain Grower (2013) 106

An Unlikely Vineyard (2014) 110

Food & Food Culture

Whole Foods Companion (1996) 115

The Bread Builders (1999) 116

Wild Fermentation (2003) 118

Full Moon Feast (2006) 120

Cheesemonger (2010) 122

Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares (2010) 124

Cheese and Culture (2012) 125

The Art of Fermentation (2012) 127

Taste, Memory (2012) 129

Rebuilding the Foodshed (2013) 131

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights (2013) 134

Energy & Shelter

Wind Power (1993) 139

The Straw Bale House (1994) 140

Independent Builder (1996) 141

Who Owns the Sun? (1996) 143

The Natural House (2000) 146

The Hand-Sculpted House (2002) 147

Passive Solar Architecture (2011) 149

Reinventing Fire (2011) 152

The Natural Building Companion (2012) 155

The New Net Zero (2014) 159

Permaculture & Regenerative Agriculture

Gaia's Garden (2000) 165

Edible Forest Gardens (2005) 166

The War on Bugs (2008) 169

Holy Shit (2010) 172

Sowing Seeds in the Desert (2012) 173

The Seed Underground (2012) 177

Paradise Lot (2013) 179

Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land (2013) 181

The Resilient Farm and Homestead (2013) 184

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation (2014) 187

Integrated Forest Gardening (2014) 189

Science & Environmental Policy

End of the Road (1991) 195

Limits to Growth (1992) 196

Gaviocas (1998) 199

Exposed (2007) 203

Notes from the Holocene (2007) 206

Thinking in Systems (2008) 210

Not One Drop (2008) 212

Waiting on a Train (2009) 215

Confronting Collapse (2009) 217

2052(2012) 220

Cows Save the Planet (2013) 223

The Zero Waste Solution (2013) 226

Grass, Soil, Hope (2014) 229

Carbon Shock (2014) 231

Politics, Economy & Social Policy

The Vermont Papers (1989) 235

Walking on Water (2004) 236

The ALL NEW Don't Think of an Elephant! (2004) 238

Unembedded (2005) 242

The End of America (2007) 244

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money (2008) 246

The Looting of America (2009) 249

The End of Money and the Future of Civilization (2009) 251

Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform (2009) 255

Marijuana Is Safer (2009) 258

Bye Bye, Miss American Empire (2010) 260

Killing the Cranes (2011) 262

Get Up, Stand Up (2011) 267

Local Dollars, Local Sense (2012) 270

The New Feminist Agenda (2012) 273

What Then Must We Do? (2013) 275

Epilogue: Companies We Keep (2008) 281

Acknowledgments 285

List of Illustrations 287

Titles Published Chelsea Green 289

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