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One Family, Five Acres, and a Community's Quest to Reinvent the World

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.



Praise for the writing of William Powers

“All of us sense that we could live better, kinder lives. But Bill Powers has the courage to try to change and then — ever so artfully, without the slightest wag of a finger — to show us how.”
— Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man

“Bill Powers has done it again — taken us on an honest, touching journey into living lightly and intelligently in a distracted world. And he’s such a good writer that we don’t even know we are being educated, challenged, and changed.”
— Vicki Robin, coauthor of the international bestseller Your Money or Your Life and author of Blessing the Hands That Feed Us

“A penetrating account of what it’s like to move to the margins in our particular time and place. It will make you think, hard.”
— Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and founder of

“The reenchantment of urban life — so compromised by the accelerated techno-industrial culture — takes work, and William Powers saves us a lot of time on the learning curve. Hats off, especially to his courage.”
— Douglas Tompkins, founder of the North Face clothing company and the Foundation for Deep Ecology

“Offers precious insights into the ways that all individuals living in a fast-paced consumer culture might incorporate different ways of thinking about the natural world into their lives.”
Publishers Weekly

“Powers learned firsthand what it means to be self-sufficient in the midst of a nation that profligately squanders its resources and looks askance at those who choose to live deliberately. . . . [His] eloquent memoir reveals the breadth of this conflict and the depth of one man’s commitment to himself and his community.”
— Booklist

“An honest, courageous, and authentic tale of one gifted writer’s attempt to find balance in a world in crisis. Reading this deeply human book has helped me to find a more genuine peace in the midst of the craziness.”
 John Robbins, author of The New Good Life and Diet for a New America

Author: William Powers
Product Code: 85646
ISBN: 978-1-60868-564-6
Pages: 272
Package: 1 Paperback / softback
Size: 8.50 X 5.50
Your Price : $17.95