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The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing's Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living Paperback – January 3, 1990
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—The Washington Post Book World
"A prophetic account of the creation of a self-sufficient little Walden . . . that has been an underground bible for the city-weary."
"The Nearings are plain daylight, solid prose, sound information."
—The New York Times Book Review
"As close to a Walden for out times as we're likely to see."
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In "Continuing the Good Life," the Nearings describe how they built a second homestead in Maine. Once again, they explain how they constructed a house from stone, and how they developed a case income, this time based on blueberries. Gardening and diet is also given more space in this volume than it had in "Living the Good Life".
This book is rich with both inspiration and practical details.Read more ›
The Nearings include a great deal of practical advice, all of which is fascinating to read but not all of which may be useful to prospective homesteaders--even those in New England, where Scott and Helen made their home (twice). The best anyone in a different region can do is to use the Nearings' account as a model. Absorb the spirit of their activities, if you cannot follow them in substance. Live locally, in tune with the seasons, and meet your needs with your immediate resources. And count on working hard, your own labor being free and in virtually endless supply. One important lesson to be learned from the Nearings (also the advice of many homesteaders) is that you cannot expect to live entirely off the land. Some income is necessary, some inputs may have to come from the larger economic sphere. The Nearings sold maple syrup; other homesteaders retain some sort of workworld employment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
heard a lot of praise by others, so thought I'd read it..... I have read Mother Earth news for years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mominoz
This is a great book, especially considering all the organic lifestyle stuff flying around. Also... I couldn't find it for download so I had to buy the paperback ^_^, kinda in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Boomtown
While both "Living the Good Life" and "Continuing the Good Life" are great books and well worth reading, be warned that this particular printed book is poorly done. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chris Stover
Helen and Scott Nearing are great at introspection and evaluating their lives to see if they were living according to their personal code. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joseph W. Nichols