Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream

Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream

William Powers


Why could a profitable American health care provider decide to dwell in a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot cabin with no operating water or electrical energy? to determine, author and activist William Powers visited Dr. Jackie Benton in rural North Carolina. No identify Creek gurgled via Benton’s permaculture farm, and she or he stroked honeybees’ wings as she shared her wildcrafter philosophy of dwelling on a planet in drawback. Powers, simply again from a decade of foreign reduction paintings, then authorised Benton’s provide to stick on the cabin for a season whereas she traveled. There, he befriended her eclectic buddies — natural farmers, biofuel brewers, eco-developers — and chanced on a sustainable yet imperiled method of life.

In those pages, Powers not just explores this small patch of group yet attracts on his overseas stories with different wallet of resistance. This engrossing story of Powers’s fight for a significant lifestyles with a smaller footprint proposes a paradigm shift to an elusive “Soft global” with clues to private happiness and worldwide healing.

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