The Unsettlers

The Unsettlers

In Search of the Good Life in Today's America

Book - 2016
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"An in-depth and compelling account of diverse Americans living off the grid." --Los Angeles Times

The radical search for the simple life in today's America.

On a frigid April night, a classically trained opera singer, five months pregnant, and her husband, a former marine biologist, disembark an Amtrak train in La Plata, Missouri, assemble two bikes, and pedal off into the night, bound for a homestead they've purchased, sight unseen. Meanwhile, a horticulturist, heir to the Great Migration that brought masses of African Americans to Detroit, and her husband, a product of the white flight from it, have turned to urban farming to revitalize the blighted city they both love. And near Missoula, Montana, a couple who have been at the forefront of organic farming for decades navigate what it means to live and raise a family ethically.

A work of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, The Unsettlers traces the search for the simple life through the stories of these new pioneers and what inspired each of them to look for -- or create -- a better existence. Captivating and clear-eyed, it dares us to imagine what a sustainable, ethical, authentic future might actually look like.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781594631580
Characteristics: 324 pages ;,24 cm.

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laphampeak
Mar 09, 2017

Is "radical simplicity" possible anymore? Sundeen writes of friends who have put their all into living off the land in integrity with their beliefs. The hard work and living with little is not for everyone. Readers can take from it the need to be more conscious in how we use resources, where our food comes from, what it takes to grow and transport our food. Individual stories take place in Detroit, Missoula, and areas that homesteaders and intentional communities have succeeded and failed.

Cynthia_N Mar 02, 2017

Sundeen seeks out the stories of people who believe in a simpler way of life. Well, sort of simpler, it is clear by the stories that simpler is a lot more hard work! As someone who longs for chickens and a garden I found these stories inspiring. I don't want a lifestyle as extreme as some of these but I did enjoy reading about them.

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