Humanure Handbook 4th Edition
The Humanure Handbook
(4th edition) Shit in a Nutshell
By Joseph Jenkins. 300 pages, 91 illustrations, indexed. ISBN-13: 978-0964425880. 6”X9” paperback. Free shipping in the continental USA (Alaska and Hawaii not included).
The Humanure Handbook 4th Edition won a gold medal in the 2019 Readers' Favorite Awards. Readers' favorite reviewer stated, "This book is a must-have for any library. Trust me."
The original Humanure Handbook was published in 1995 as a grad school thesis turned into an underground best-seller. The 4th edition is half new edition and half sequel. Of the original 10 chapters, five were revised and updated while the other five were replaced with ten new chapters, for a total of 15 chapters in the new edition (see contents in photo gallery).
This is a self-published book that no respectable publisher would touch with a ten-foot shovel. The 1st edition had a print run of 600 copies, which the author expected to watch decompose in his garage for the rest of his life. Yet, the book has sold 70,000 print copies in the U.S. alone, been translated in whole or in part into 19 languages and has been published in foreign editions on four continents.
The previous editions won numerous awards, including the Independent Publisher Outstanding Book of the Year Award, deeming the book "Most Likely to Save the Planet.” The book has been mentioned on such diverse media outlets as: NPR, BBC, CBC, Howard Stern, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy Magazine, the History Channel, Tree House Masters, and many other national and international venues.
The author draws from 40 years of research, experience, and travel to expand and clarify your knowledge and understanding of... your poop! Not only does the book address what to do with human turds, but it is also a priceless manual for anyone involved in composting, gardening, or even basic survival skills. There is no other book like this in print!
"This is one of those books that you feel would change the world if only everyone would read it. I wish I could afford to buy the book for everyone on the planet. I for one am grateful to the author, Joseph Jenkins for writing this updated version. I take my hat off to you Joseph. A job well done. What a lot of work you put into this book!"
"Absolutely phenomenal work! You have done such a superb job, I am continually amazed by your impeccable research and wisdom gained from your long and critical user experience. Reclaiming the use of the word compost, which is so widely misused in sanitation circles, seems so key."
"When I first picked up a copy of the Humanure Handbook, it was out of a sense of obligation—I thought it was going to be a really technical manual about how to deal with our shit. But I was surprised to find it incredibly entertaining -- I actually read it cover to cover and found the entire book completely delightful and totally fascinating. For those that haven’t read this book yet, it is full of great stories and science and history."
"Joseph writes from practical, hands on knowledge. Experience is they key. Many other authors have tried, but no one can top what Joseph shares. I recommend the book highly to anyone. It’s the future folks, it’s something many people do not like to think about but start thinking soon, if you do not, you will not be prepared."
"I am about to add the 4th edition of The humanure Handbook into our public catalog here at the Cleveland Public Library. While flipping through the book, I was sad to see a depiction of a not-so-pleasant interaction with a librarian in Arizona, and wanted you to know that not all public libraries are so closed to giving their patrons access to a large variety of viewpoints and resources. Please know that Cleveland Public has not only the newest edition of your work (2019), but also the 2005 and 1994 editions. Also, you may be interested to know that the Library of Congress also has some of the editions from the 1990s."
"I just got your Humanure Handbook 4th edition. I opened the cover as was quite surprised. Not only do you let folks copy portions of the book with crediting the source, but you will send a feed book to help with local government authorities. I am totally impressed and have not read the book yet. Thank you for all the time and effort you and others have put into this movement and your passion for helping others move forward also."
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