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We are branching out this month to explore the other side of what makes the Porch a great place to be - homesteading/simple living!

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende


What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this question in mind, MIT graduate Eric Brende flipped the switch on technology. He and his wife, Mary, ditched their car, electric stove, refrigerator, running water, and everything else motorized or "hooked to the grid," and spent eighteen months living in a remote community so primitive in its technology that even the Amish consider it antiquated.

Better Off is the story of their real-life experiment to see whether our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier -- or whether life would be preferable without them. This smart, funny, and enlightening book mingles scientific analysis with the human story to demonstrate how a world free of technological excess can shrink stress -- and waistlines -- and expand happiness, health, and leisure.



You can find it on ]Amazon for about $11 (plus S&H) and [url=[sign in to see URL] for about $4 (total!). And don't forget to check your local library too!

The book is 234 pages and is a light read (I just started it). Hopefully we can all get it done by June but since we started this thread late (was supposed to happen April 15th!), we can of course extend the period to read it.

Just post in this thread if you are going to read it and when you get the book finished!

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I ordered the book just a bit ago, so I will be participating in this one as well.

What little I read on Amazon, it seems like it will be a good read.

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Even though I picked it as a homesteading book, there turns out to be some interesting religious content! Of course, the Amish-type community has a strong religious base, so I should have figured there would be.

I'm really enjoying it so far. Good quick read with funny anecdotes.
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I should be getting my copy in the next few [sign in to see URL] be interesting, I think.

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During a bad bout of insomnia, I finished the book already! Loads to talk about with this book I think. Can't wait for others to [sign in to see URL] else joining in? I think it's worth the read!
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This might well be a good moment for a Kindle edition. Does it have many pictures?

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There are a few unimportant diagrams of some pieces of wood that are cut for part of a barn raising. But that's it!
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Oh, goodie. I get to save a few Euro, then, because I doubt I can find it used anywhere.

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I've not even started it, yet. I got it several days ago, but I've been so busy with my upcoming cook-out on Sunday, and the theater, I've hardly had time to think.

HOpefully I'll get some down time and can do some reading.

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How's everybody doing on the book? I keep finding myself bringing it up in conversations. Must have made quite the impression on me!
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