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

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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 ...
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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.
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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982053935
  • Publisher: Tin House Books
  • Publication date: 1/12/2010
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 262,462
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Introduction 13

1 We Quit the Rat Race 15

2 The Cost Of Living 20

3 Income 27

4 We Rassle with Our Consciences 32

5 Meat 40

6 Fish 60

7 Gardening 83

8 Grain 103

9 Groceries 109

10 Preserving Food 111

11 Nutrition 120

12 The "Necessities Of Life" 124

13 Housing 148

14 Heating 164

15 Electricity 168

16 Clothing 170

17 Transportation 172

18 Law 175

19 Health and Medicine 183

20 Daily Living 193

Afterword 203

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Living on the Cheap, without attracting attention.

    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.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Well written and entertaining.

    "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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 12, 2013

    check it out

    very informative*

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