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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Book Review – Possum Living

 Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money
Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money

In the 1970s Dolly Freed lived of the land dirt cheap and plum easy. Living in their own house on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia for almost five years, Dolly and her father produced their own food and drink and spent roughly $700 each per year. 

Thirty years later Dolly Freed's Possum Living is as fascinating and pertinent as it was in 1978. Tin House is reissuing the survivalist classic with a foreword by David Gates and an afterword by the author. After discussing reasons why you should or shouldn't give up your job, Possum Living gives you details about the cheapest ways with the best results to buy and maintain your home, dress well, cope with the law, stay healthy, and keep up a middle-class facade - whether you live in the city, in the suburbs, or in a small town. 

In a delightful, straightforward style Dolly Freed explains how to be lazy, proud, miserly, and honest, live well and enjoy leisure. She shares her knowledge for what you doneed - your own home, for example - and what you don't need - such as doctors, lawyers, and insurance. Through her own example, Dolly hopes to inspire you to do some independent thinking about how economics affect the course of your life now and may do so in the coming "age of shortages." 

If you ever wondered what it would be like to be in greater control of your own life, Possum Living will show you - and help you do it for yourself.


1 comment:

  1. I can see getting back to the land and I have always wanted to leave the rat race and grow my own food and build my own home etc. But this article seems to be more about "ne'er-do-wells" then it is about someone working hard to create a homestead or improve their life. I guess this just doesn't fit my work ethic. At least I am proud of my life lived working 8 to 5 for 45 years or so even if I never got the chance to live my dream about getting back to the land.