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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well, i finally got through this super analytical, although interesting book. to each their own on how they approach homesteading and this couple definitely had a set of rules and control that made it ... 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 was one of the great social critics and humanitarians of the 20th century. Known throughout the world as the progenitors of the "back to the land" movement, the Nearings combined pragmatism and vision to create a blend now being celebrated by new generations of readers.

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