The Good Life

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by Scott Nearing, Helen Nearing



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ISBN-13: 9780805209709
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/1990
Edition description: 1st Schocken Books ed
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 235,490
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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In 1932, SCOTT AND HELEN NEARING moved from New York City to rural New England. Over the next 60 years, the Nearings developed a system of living called "the good life," a Waldensian effort to be as self-sufficient and green as possible. They inspired others to do the same, and were involved in many social causes of their day. Despite his dedication to the good life, Scott was a radical economist, educator, writer, and political activist, and may be best known for his book, The Making of a Radical. The Nearings lived on earnings from the maple syrup and sugar they produced, and proceeds from Scott's lectures.

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The Good Life 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Jaygee55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The content of this book - the story of how Helen and Scott Nearing lived self-sufficiently - is very interesting, however I found the author's writing style mostly unemotional and analytical, and at times a bit pompous and irritating. The content is also quite dated now, as the Nearing's were building their house and gardens during the 1930's. Not for everyone.
amerynth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While the Nearings can get a little preachy about their lifestyle at times, it really didn't detract from enjoyment of "The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing's Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living." The book basically tells the story of how they started their eco-friendly farms -- first one in Vermont and when that area became too populated, the moved onto Maine. I found the book inspiring enough that I wish I had enough land to start my own rural homestead following their practical advice.
johnthefireman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very good account of living a simple ecologically-friendly life in the USA.
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