Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin off the Grid & Beyond The American Dream (Google eBook)

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New World Library, Oct 6, 2010 - Nature - 296 pages
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Why would a successful American physician choose to live in a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot cabin without running water or electricity? To find out, writer and activist William Powers visited Dr. Jackie Benton in rural North Carolina. No Name Creek gurgled through Benton s permaculture farm, and she stroked honeybees wings as she shared her wildcrafter philosophy of living on a planet in crisis. Powers, just back from a decade of international aid work, then accepted Benton s offer to stay at the cabin for a season while she traveled. There, he befriended her eclectic neighbors organic farmers, biofuel brewers, eco-developers and discovered a sustainable but imperiled way of life. In these pages, Powers not only explores this small patch of community but draws on his international experiences with other pockets of resistance. This engrossing tale of Powers s struggle for a meaningful life with a smaller footprint proposes a paradigm shift to an elusive Soft World with clues to personal happiness and global healing.
  

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Our book club likes to read certain categories of books at least once a cycle. So when the non-fiction selection month was available, I jumped on it and chose this book. Not only was the premise ... Read full review

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I found this book far more annoying than edifying. The authorial voice drips with entitlement and inexpertly concealed superiority. I should be right smack in the center of the target audience for ... Read full review

Contents

The Shape of the World
3
The Least Thing Precisely
13
Thawing
23
Chicken
33
Warrior Presence
47
Living Well
53
Mom and Leah Visit
65
Stan Crawfords Garlic Farm
81
Forgiveness
115
Creative Edges
137
The Dragon
159
Suchness
183
Soft Economy
201
Noise and War
219
Gods Feet
237
Postscript
255

Wildcrafting and Country Steak
93
White
105
About the Author
277
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About the author (2010)

William Powers is the author of two critically acclaimed books. His Liberia memoir, Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa's Fragile Edge (2005) received a Publishers Weekly starred review and Whispering in the Giant's Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia's War on Globalization (2006) has been featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross and in Newsweek. For over a decade Powers has led development aid and conservation initiatives in Latin America, Africa, and Washington DC. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the socioeconomic components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a prize from Harvard's JFK School of Government. His essays on global issues have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, The Sun, and the International Herald Tribune, and have been syndicated to three hundred newspapers around the world. He has appeared on NPR's Living on Earth, Fresh Air, The Leonard Lopate Show, West Coast Live, Left Jab, and World Vision Report, as well as on local public television stations and Book TV. Powers is an increasingly active speaker at think tanks, policy gatherings, and writers' conferences (he is booked to present at numerous conferences in 2009). He has worked at the World Bank and Conservation International, and holds degrees from Brown and Georgetown. He lives part-time in New York City. His website is www.williampowersbooks.com.

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