Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money

Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money

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by Dolly Freed
     
 

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After being out of print for decades, Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and (Almost) No Money is being reissued with an afterword by an older and wiser Dolly Freed.
In the late seventies, at the age of eighteen and with a seventh-grade education, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Livingabout the five years she and her father lived off the land on a

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After being out of print for decades, Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and (Almost) No Money is being reissued with an afterword by an older and wiser Dolly Freed.
In the late seventies, at the age of eighteen and with a seventh-grade education, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Livingabout the five years she and her father lived off the land on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia. At the time of its publication in 1978, Possum Living became an instant classic, known for its plucky narration and no-nonsense practical advice on how to quit the rat race and live frugally. In her delightful, straightforward, and irreverent style, Freed guides readers on how to buy and maintain a home, dress well, cope with the law, stay healthy, save money, and be lazy, proud, miserly, and honest, all while enjoying leisure and keeping up a middle-class façade. Thirty years later, Freed's philosophy is world-renowned andPossum Living remains as fascinating, inspirational, and pertinent as it was upon its original publication. This updated edition includes new reflections, insights, and life lessons from an older and wiser Dolly Freed, whose knowledge of how to live like a possum has given her financial security and the confidence to try new ventures.

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From the Publisher

“Dolly Freed is my hero….[If] this smart, engaging, funny, and frank manifesto…doesn’t make you want to quit the rat race at least a little bit, then you must be one big, fat rat.”
--Vice Magazine

“Compulsively readable…[In]this strange, engaging hymn to the laid-back life now, in 2010, one message comes out loud and clear. As the 18-year-old sage Dolly Freed wrote: ‘I refuse to spend the first 60 years of my life worrying about the last 20.’”
--New York Times Art Beat

“Dolly is a sharp writer, an autodidact and an 18-year-old of unusual competence and grit…[T]here’s nothing precious about Possum Living: it's genuine in a way few books are,…”
--Jezebel

“…this book will not only make you laugh but might actually inspire you to embrace a simpler life.”
--Oprah Magazine

“An elegant memoir”
--Philadelphia City Paper

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982053935
Publisher:
Tin House Books
Publication date:
01/12/2010
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
379,367
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Following her success as an author, Dolly Freed grew up to be a NASA aerospace engineer. She put herself through college after she aced the SATs with an education she received from the public library. She has also been an environmental educator, business owner, and college professor. She lives in Texas with her husband and two children.

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Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
robb77536 More than 1 year ago
Although written well before the present time, this book scores a direct hit on the times that we live in now. Ms. Freed explains how she and her father live on very little money without attracting the attention of anyone: hence the title. This is just what the average retired person, me, needs to learn to do. By living a full life, the author is a living example of what we all want to do after retirement, be that forced or voluntary. She goes into detail, albeit dated information, about how much it costs to LIVE, not just exist. I recomend this book to anyone wishing to have a full active life after years of work.
Catahoula_Mama More than 1 year ago
"Dolly Freed" writes with such candor and humor that I sometimes wondered if this book was a joke. When she suggested road kill and "long pork" as meat sources, I looked her up on the internet to find she is living in Texas and actually did write this book as a teen. Possum Living might inspire you to put down the TV remote and take up "running" (not jogging!). Loved it, and plan to read it again.
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