Tuesday, October 30, 2012
by Dolly Freed
Possum Living is a new edition of Dolly Freed's cult 70's classic on how to live as self-sufficient as one possibly can. At the age of eighteen and with a 7th grade education, Dolly Freed takes you through the ins and outs of how she and her father manage to live off of their own means without traditional wage labor jobs or spending large amounts of money on living expenses. It's more than a step-by-step guide, however. Freed's straightforward voice and often libertarian commentary entertain as well. Although I'm probably not going to start raising rabbits in my cellar for meat and making my own moonshine, parts of this book helped remind me that there are things that I can do on my own without having to buy something new. In a culture of hyper-consumption, it's a healthy reminder and a grounding read.