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

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

by Dolly Freed, David Gates
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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. 13 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.
WorldReader1111 More than 1 year ago
An interesting read, in my opinion. 'Possum Living' is, first, well-written and easy to read, with a loose, colloquial narrative that's a total departure from your typical how-to book (and is rather appropriate to the text). In regards to the book's overt subject, as a guidebook to "almost-no-money" living, 'Possum' succeeds, offering a good, rounded overview of how one might go about adopting such a lifestyle; also, this is accomplished without coming off as dated or insular, despite being written thirty-some years ago. Though comfortably short, 'Possum' provides much in the way of practical tips and novel concepts, along with forays into complimentary topics (plus some good old-fashioned wisdom), all in the author's sassy, no-nonsense delivery. In this respect alone, I enjoyed the book (though, I can't say I agreed with everything it promotes, factually or otherwise). However, 'Possum' contains a second, subtler dimension, and it is, oddly, what I found most engaging. Namely, a human story runs through the text, glimpsed between its lines, in the personal backstory of the author and her father, as well as the many philosophical and ideological anecdotes. This aspect is seen most vividly at the book's conclusion, in its afterword, when the author, some decades older and wiser, provides a retrospective on the young woman she was prior to the initial publication. Then, it is revealed the gritty (and ultimately tragic) realities that were hinted at through the preceding book and its colorful personalities; in the end, 'Possum Living' morphs from a guidebook to a compelling psychological study, as to overshadow the book's practical aspect (or so it did for me, anyway). With this in mind, 'Possum' has as much to teach in the way of human matters as those of dirt-cheap living, and pleasingly so. All in all, a winner. My sincere thanks goes out to this book's author, subjects, and publishers. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work and service.
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