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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.
In the 1970s, Dolly Freed and her dad lived off the land, dirt cheap and plum easy. Living in the their own house on a half acre outside of Philadelphia for almost five years, they produced their own food and drink, spending about $700 each per year. Since then, Dolly has been a reporter, receptionist, machinist, kennel manager, NASA engineer, environmental educator, business owner, and college professor. Through it all, the knowledge of how to live cheaply has given her financial security and the confidence to try new ventures. Thirty years later she finds herself returning to her possum roots and, to her amazement, the principles of Possum Living apply to today's crazy economy as much as they did to the crazy economy of the 1970s.
In 1978, at the age of eighteen and with a seventh-grade education, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Living, chronicling the five years she and her father lived off the land on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia.
Table of Contents
We quite the rat race -- The cost of living -- Income -- We rassle with our consciences -- Meat -- Fish -- Gardening -- Grain -- Groceries -- Preserving food -- Nutrition -- The "necessities of life" -- Housing -- Heating -- Electricity -- Clothing -- Transportation -- Law -- Health and medicine -- Daily living.