Possum Living

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Possum Living

How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money

By Dolly Freed; David Gates (Foreword by)

Tin House Books, Paperback, 9780982053935, 218pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 2010

Description
In the late seventies, at the age of eighteen and with a seventh-grade education, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Livingabout the five years she and her father lived off the land on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia. At the time of its publication in 1978, Possum Living became an instant classic, known for its plucky narration and no-nonsense practical advice on how to quit the rat race and live frugally. In her delightful, straightforward, and irreverent style, Freed guides readers on how to buy and maintain a home, dress well, cope with the law, stay healthy, save money, and be lazy, proud, miserly, and honest, all while enjoying leisure and keeping up a middle-class facade. Thirty years later, Freed's philosophy is world-renowned andPossum Living remains as fascinating, inspirational, and pertinent as it was upon its original publication. This updated edition includes new reflections, insights, and life lessons from an older and wiser Dolly Freed, whose knowledge of how to live like a possum has given her financial security and the confidence to try new ventures.


Praise For Possum Living

Dolly Freed is my hero.[If] this smart, engaging, funny, and frank manifestodoesn’t make you want to quit the rat race at least a little bit, then you must be one big, fat rat.”
--Vice Magazine

Compulsively readable[In]this strange, engaging hymn to the laid-back life now, in 2010, one message comes out loud and clear. As the 18-year-old sage Dolly Freed wrote: I refuse to spend the first 60 years of my life worrying about the last 20.’”
--New York Times Art Beat

Dolly is a sharp writer, an autodidact and an 18-year-old of unusual competence and grit[T]here’s nothing precious about Possum Living: it's genuine in a way few books are,”
--Jezebel

this book will not only make you laugh but might actually inspire you to embrace a simpler life.”
--Oprah Magazine

An elegant memoir”
--Philadelphia City Paper

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