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Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money (Revised Edition) Paperback – January 12, 2010
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Dolly Freed is my hero .[If] this smart, engaging, funny, and frank manifesto doesn’t make you want to quit the rat race at least a little bit, then you must be one big, fat rat.”
Compulsively readable [In]this strange, engaging hymn to the laid-back life now, in 2010, one message comes out loud and clear. As the 18-year-old sage Dolly Freed wrote: I refuse to spend the first 60 years of my life worrying about the last 20.’”
--New York Times Art Beat
Dolly is a sharp writer, an autodidact and an 18-year-old of unusual competence and grit [T]here’s nothing precious about Possum Living: it's genuine in a way few books are, ”
this book will not only make you laugh but might actually inspire you to embrace a simpler life.”
An elegant memoir”
--Philadelphia City Paper
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Some years later, when I found myself jobless and broke for a couple of years, I remembered the lessons Dolly Freed shares in this wonderful book and what could have been a tragedy became a great, liberating adventure.
I had wondered whatever became of Dolly and had tried in vain to find her by searching the internet. After many years, I'm absolutely delighted to learn that Possum Living has been reprinted and is available once again. I've ordered another copy, and this time I intend to hold on to it. I trust a whole new generation will discover not only this book, but the lifestyle which it champions. With today's worsening economy, the message of Possum Living is needed more now than ever.
Get this book. Reading it may change your life - and could even save it.
Since she was never in the rat race, you'd think this book has some helpful tips about starting homesteading without having ever been in the rat race; but sadly, it does not. The house she lives in was bought by her parents when they worked, and she says that one should work for a few years to buy a house and give it to their children. Personally I think a huge part of homesteading is being self-sufficient, and would not want my adult offspring dependent on me giving them a house.
Not only does this book not tell you how to start from nothing, it also does not tell you much of anything. There are a few tips, but certainly not $10 worth. More than once it tells you to go to read books about a subject, when if you bought this book you probably expected this book to tell you about the subject.Read more ›
I am more than a bit concerned that some people are recommending this book wholesale without paying any attention to the ethical issues it contains. Some are just glossing over these problems saying, "She is just joking." Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to a recent interview, the following is the kind of environment in which she grew up. Her attitude toward her father, Frank ..." She accepted and even endorsed his crazy behavior, his moral code." "When developers started building houses nearby, those houses mysteriously burned. Barking dogs disappeared. When the derelict hotel across the road burned to the ground, everyone (wrongly) assumed vagrants. "If someone's playing loud music at the creek behind the house, you or I would go ask them to turn it down," says Marie. "Frank would go cut their tires. It was just Frank's nature.Read more ›
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If you want to be a Dumpster Diver, this book is for you. I found some things interesting and helpful, but I wouldn't recommend the total lifestyle to everybody. Read morePublished 4 months ago by natrlgrl
Fantastic! Well written and perfect for those of us seeking to reduce our addiction to stuff and the God almighty dollar. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amber D. Waite
I bought this book in early 80s it was well written and very usefull book even for a farm boy who roamed the woods at will fishing and hunting. Read morePublished 7 months ago by john shoemaker