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Winter Reading: Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs

Similar to Possum Living, this book outlines a process by which one can become self-sufficient; however, the context is radically different. Instead of choosing a stress-free life outside of the “money economy” like Dolly Freed, Wendy Brown labels herself a “thrivalist,” a term which she uses to describe “survivalists” who plan to thrive in a post-apocalyptic, petroleum-free world, otherwise referred to as “the end of the world as we know it” (abbreviated to TEOTWAWKI).

Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs presents a perhaps-not-so-hypothetical situation: there are 21 days before the apocalypse, and we must prepare for a future without electricity, grocery stores, and other modern conveniences. The book is divided into 21 chapters, one chapter for each day of “prepping”- starting with the basics of shelter, water, and food, and progressing to more complicated issues like healthcare, education, and waste disposal. Wendy does make the assumption that the reader lives in the suburbs, which renders some of her points, like storing human waste in a septic tank, moot for some readers.

Overall, the book goes into more detail than Possum Living and is every bit as easy and interesting to read. The tips on gardening, herbal remedies, laundry, and staying entertained were especially enlightening. You can preview several chapters of the book on Google here.  Wendy also has a blog about her thrivalist activities and thoughts, which is worth a look.

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2 responses to “Winter Reading: Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs

  1. Deus Ex Machina February 5, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Wendy loves Dolly Freed’s Possum Living. She will be thrilled to see the comparison. Thank you for the very nice review.

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