Thursday, October 14, 2010

Book Bites

Twelve By Twelve
 A One-Room Cabin Off The Grid & 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 Willam 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.

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