To Be Read: Off the Grid, Inside the Subculture of Off-Grid Living

From the Publisher: Off the Grid, Nick Rosen traveled from one end of the United States to the other, spending time with all kinds of individuals and families striving to live their lives the way they want to-free from dependence on municipal power and amenities, and free from the inherent dependence on the government and its far-reaching arms. While the people profiled may not have a lot in common in terms of their daily lives or their personal background, what they do share is an understanding of how unique their lives are, and how much effort and determination is required to maintain the lifestyle in the face of modern America's push toward connectivity and development.

My Thoughts: I spied this gem in a catalogue and was intrigued. Rosen runs the website Off-grid.net. I've been interested in downsizing and thriftiness and while I'm not sure I could live without running water and electricity I think we could all learn something from the self-reliance and resourcefulness these off-griders exhibit. Check out this video intro to off-grid living from the site. Warning: I tried to find a non-crunchy person speaking about their off-grid experience but it appears granola crunchiness comes with the territory so put your pointing finger away.

Off the Grid / Nick Rosen / Penguin / OTPB, August 2010

1 comment:

notesfromnadir said...

Thank you for this book recommendation. I always enjoy reading about people who do things a little bit differently!

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