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Twelve by Twelve : A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream
by William Powers


Overview - 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 William 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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 William 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.
In these pages, Powers not only explores this small patch of community but draws on his international experiences with other pockets of resistance. This engrossing tale of Powers s struggle for a meaningful life with a smaller footprint proposes a paradigm shift to an elusive Soft World with clues to personal happiness and global healing."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781577318972
  • ISBN-10: 1577318978
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publish Date: May 2010
  • Page Count: 278


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Books > House & Home > Sustainable Living
Books > Nature > Environmental Conservation & Protection - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 64.
  • Review Date: 2010-03-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Powers (Blue Clay People) refers to “wildcrafters,” people who shape their inner and outer worlds to the flow of nature, as heroes. Among these wildcrafters is Dr. Jackie Benton, a physician who lives in a 12'×12' dwelling in the midst of 30 acres on No Name Creek in rural North Carolina. Benton lives a sustainable life off the grid by raising honeybees, growing her own vegetables and preserving them, and harvesting what she might need from the woods around her. As Powers points out, Benton seems to have achieved self-mastery in these confusing times, and his initial meeting with her is a search for clues to this self-mastery. After the two meet, Benton's sobering and often hilarious (taking showers in rain water warmed by the sun, learning that in order to eat chicken for dinner, he himself would have to kill a chicken given to him by his neighbors) narrative of his life in the 12'×12' offers precious insights into the ways that all individuals living in a fast-paced consumer culture might incorporate different ways of thinking about the natural world into their lives. (May)

 
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