The good life: Helen and Scott Nearing's sixty years of self-sufficient living

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Schocken Books, 1970 - Nature - 411 pages
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This one volume edition of Living the Good Life and Continuing the Good Life brings these classics on rural homesteading together. This couple abandoned the city for a rural life with minimal cash and the knowledge of self reliance and good health.

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I have read the book twice and loved it even more the second time. It is not so much a "how to do it" book, but more of a "why we did it" or a "how we did it" book. I found their warnings about the impending economic collapse of capitalism quite prescient, although a bit early. I also found all the quotations at the beginning of each chapter a real goldmine of other older homesteading books, many of which can be read for free on Google Books. 

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The Nearings' own words on p. 389 neatly summarize this book: "If we would have things done, we must be prepared to do them." The book is a fact-filled but engaging guide written by two people who ... Read full review

Contents

WE SEARCH FOR THE GOOD LIFE
11
OUR DESIGN FOR LIVING
29
WE BUILD A STONE HOUSE
55
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About the author (1970)

Helen Nearing left city life with her husband, Scott nearly sixty years ago to move first to Vermont and then to their farm in Harborside, Maine. The Nearings' food and living philosophies have provided the guidelines for many who seek a simpler way of life.

Scott Nearing was born in 1883 and died in 1983. He was an educator, peace activist, conservationist, simple-living advocate, and antiracist worker, as well as the author or co-author of several bestselling books. Herbert Kohl is the National Book Award-winning author of more than forty books. He lives in San Francisco.