Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream

Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream

by William Powers
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Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream by William Powers


Why would a successful American physician choose to live in a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot cabin without running water or electricity? To find out, writer and activist William Powers visited Dr. Jackie Benton in rural North Carolina. No Name Creek gurgled through Benton’s permaculture farm, and she stroked honeybees’ wings as she shared her wildcrafter philosophy of living on a planet in crisis. Powers, just back from a decade of international aid work, then accepted Benton’s offer to stay at the cabin for a season while she traveled. There, he befriended her eclectic neighbors — organic farmers, biofuel brewers, eco-developers — and discovered a sustainable but imperiled way of life.

In these pages, Powers not only explores this small patch of community but draws on his international experiences with other pockets of resistance. This engrossing tale of Powers’s struggle for a meaningful life with a smaller footprint proposes a paradigm shift to an elusive “Soft World” with clues to personal happiness and global healing.

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ISBN-13: 9781577318972
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 316,815
Product dimensions: 8.56(w) x 5.66(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author


For over a decade William Powers has led development aid and conservation initiatives in Latin America, Africa, and Washington, DC. He is the author of two critically acclaimed memoirs about his time in Africa and South America, Blue Clay People and Whispering in the Giant’s Ear. His writings on global issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Slate, and the Sun. A popular speaker and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, he lives part-time in New York City.

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Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author William Powers leaves the macrocosm of international development to examine the implications of living in a the 12' by 12' house of an environmental activist, off the grid. Ultimately it comes to mean more than all his development work. Elegantly written, and broad in scope. What a great read.
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