I just finished reading an advance copy of Nick Rosen’s new book Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America, and wanted to give you guys a quick review of it. In the book, Brit Nick Rosen takes a trip across America looking for all sorts of characters living off the grid, and he finds them: from hippies, survivalists, and old-school Mennonites to those who were just looking for a simpler way of life, Rosen meets up with all of them, filling us in on how they (or attempt to) make it work for them. The book is not a “How To” book, at all; rather, it is a collection of stories and interviews assembled into a cohesive package that is easy to read and digest. While it does refer to Walden several times (what book about off grid living doesn’t?), Rosen does his best to avoid comparing everyone he meets to the elusive woods-dweller, as not all of them are living this lifestyle only to escape consumerism and a materialistic society. They all have their own reasons, and each one is just as interesting as the next.
Arriving on bookshelves July 27, 2010, Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America is a must-read for any of us who have considered the idea of living off the grid and are interested in reading first hand accounts of people actually doing it – not just theories on the idea. Also, Rosen runs the website www.off-grid.net, a valuable resource to anyone looking into the off grid lifestyle. I recommend you check out both the site and the book.
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