Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs

Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs

The Thrivalist's Guide to Life Without Oil

Book - 2011
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Provides information on ways to create a sustainable lifestyle in the suburbs, covering such topics as growing food, keeping livestock, electricity, waste disposal, health care, entertainment, education, and networking.

Perseus Publishing

In the latter half of the twentieth century, the percentage of the total American population living in suburbs grew to nearly fifty percent. Fossil fuels were cheap and plentiful, and car-dependent, energy-intensive lifestyles came hand in hand with this demographic transition. In the age of Peak Oil, environmental catastrophe, and a failing economy, it is imperative that we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities.

Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs envisions a suburban evolution—from isolated cookie cutter houses with manicured lawns and two-car garages to small, closely packed, productive, interdependent homesteads. This guide to simplifying suburbia and adopting a lower energy lifestyle breaks down all our basic needs and describes how they might be met after the loss of the modern conveniences we currently take for granted. From small-space gardening techniques and a guide to small livestock to tips on cooking and heating, sanitation options, and much more, this is a complete guide to becoming more self-sufficient wherever you live.

Required reading for anyone interested in increased self-reliance and a lower carbon footprint, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs will help you look past the white picket fence to a new world of possibilities.

Wendy Brown is a suburban homesteader growing roots (both literally and figuratively) in southern Maine where she and her family have made the transition from a completely dependent, consumerist lifestyle to one of living debt-free in a comfortable, more efficient home in a desirable location with a bountiful garden.

The survival list for the thrivalist

Publisher: Gabriola, BC : New Society Publishers, c2011
ISBN: 9780865716810
Characteristics: 261 p. : ill


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Mar 05, 2012

If you want to be talked down to by a yuppie who has an apparent physical NEED to mention that she doesn't own a television, doesn't eat out-of-season foods, doesn't vaccinate because whooping cough can be cured with hot tea and rest, then by all means, prepare for Wendy Brown's Apocalypse.

For the "serious" apocalypse preparer: Go to the internet and print out actual schematics instead of listening to Wendy yammer on about how satisfied she is with her own (unillustrated) craftsmanship.

For the "fun" apocalypse preparer: Wendy doesn't discuss sawed off shotguns vs. katanas. Skip this one.

For the deranged yuppie housewife who abandoned Martha Stewart because of "sustainability concerns": You've found your book.

Jun 24, 2011

If you want to learn how to prepare for a disaster, but are put off by the stridency of survivalists and their talk of "the zombie hordes", then check out Surviving the Apocalyse in the Suburbs. Wendy Brown is a mother of three who worked a stint in the U.S. military. Hence, she places more emphasis on laundry than guns. She advocates sheltering in place at your existing home during The End of the World as We Know It, instead of bugging out to a rural hideaway. She offers the reader a 21-day schedule to ramp up for the coming troubles. Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs is a kinder, gentler, less alarming manual than classics by Jim Rawles. You will find it has practical and much less expensive solutions for your disaster preparations.

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