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Dispatches from the Sweet Life (September 2018)
One Family, Five Acres, and a Community's Quest to Change the World
 

CDN Retail:$22.99
Product Code:9781608685646
Author:Powers, William
Vendor: New World Library
  

 

Many people fantasize about dramatically changing their lives, "chucking it all," living in accordance with their ideals rather than the exigencies of job, bills, and possessions. William Powers actually does it. As chronicled in Twelve by Twelve, Powers lived in an off-grid tiny house in rural North Carolina. In New Slow City, Bill and wife Melissa inhabit a Manhattan micro-apartment in search of slow in the midst of the fastest city in the world. Here, the couple, baby in tow, search for balance, humanity, and happiness in Suraqueta, a town in Bolivia where the author discovers a blossoming town with a miniscule carbon footprint, organic farms, and community work parties. They build an adobe house beside a prolific orchard and weave their life into the community. They are not alone. Seekers including permaculturists, bio-builders, beer brewers, artists, university students, and all stripe of creative business persons have congregated, with diverse intentions. So have a variety of North American capitalist enterprises, everything from mines to malls, Big Agriculture to big buildings. Can the two compete? Find balance? The read is compelling, thought-provoking, and no matter the outcome, inspirational.