Truck-pb-c1Michael Perry

Seed catalogs are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than Enron and Penthouse combined.

Perry’s Truck is a love song to his vintage truck, but also to so many other parts of his life – gardening, his neighbors, fellow fire fighters, family, seed catalogs, The Joynt bar, his fledgling …

10172829_10152134340956799_8275868701141101697_nKevin Kelly

Do you need to know where to get transparent concrete, Amish tools, color-changing LEDS, Japanese woodworking tools and so much more?  Neither do I!  But that didn’t stop me from putting so many bookmarks in  this fascinating book that it ended up looking like a hedgehog.  Modeled on …

Better OffEric Brende

There is something so alluring about the idea of just chucking it all, turning it all off, throwing it all away.  Eric and Mary Brende decide to do just that.  With only a few thousand dollars, they rent a house in a rural Amish-ish community. They make do …

The Bucolic PlagueJosh Kilmer-Purcell

This is one of those books that has me vacillating wildly between seething jealousy and abject horror. When Josh and Brent, overworked Manhattanites, find the perfect old mansion for a song it seems like their dreams have come true. The first months of farming and spending weekends at …

The Moneyless ManMark Boyle

With our current economy a mess, the growing realization that we as a society buy and waste a ton of stuff and the desire for a simpler lifestyle, Boyle’s book and site have garnered immense amounts of attention.  By slowly paring down his life, Boyle becomes focused on …

At Least in the City Someone would Hear Me ScreamWade Davis

Davis’s first chapter “Coonskin Cap” ties with http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/11/dogs-dont-understand-basic-concepts.html for funniest thing I’ve read in the last year. A flamingly fabulously gay man who escaped his home in the Ozarks to recreate himself as an anonymous city-dweller, Davis decides at 40 that he is doing it all wrong. After …