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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I have some really mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the Nearing's seem to have some great observations about the poor state of the American food system, many decades before that was common ... Read full review

Contents

WE SEARCH FOR THE GOOD LIFE
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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. Helen is the author of Wise Words for the Good Life: A Homesteader's Personal Collection, Loving and Leaving the Good Life, Simple Food for the Good Life, and co-author (with Scott Nearing) of The Maple Sugar Book.

Scott Nearing (August 6, 1883 - August 24, 1983) was an American radical economist, educator, writer, political activist, and advocate of simple living.

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