Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Retro Literature - Give Away

Since I've been preoccupied with the past for the last few posts, I thought it was time to offer a couple of books that have been hogging up space on my, already, cluttered desk top.

Ordinarily the idea of giving away one of my books (*mine* as in I own them, not *mine* as in I wrote them - that's for later ;) gives me hives, but this time is different, because I got the books from a very generous freecycler in an advertised "box of books - come and get them", but I already had these two, which tells me that they are good books to have in one's personal library.

The first is Handbook of Homemade Power by The Mother Earth News, originally published in 1974, but given the number of copies I've seen floating around recently, maybe even more applicable to our times than when it was written.

The second is the First Collier Books Edition of Bradford Angier's How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere printed in 1962.

If you would like to be considered to receive a copy of either book, please leave your comment and indicate whether or not you have a preference.

I'll do the drawing at the end of April.

Update: Please see the comments for Richard P's giveaway ... but don't enter the drawing, because The Backyard Homestead is on my wishlist, and the more people who enter his drawing, the slimmer my chances of winning become ;). Okay, just kidding. You can enter his drawing, but don't forget to enter mine first ;).


  1. I'll bite! I don't have either, and they both look interesting, so I guess no preference, huh?

  2. I love free books and the Handbook of Homemade Power looks like just the kinda book I would want to add to my library.

    As a side note I'm also giving away some books on my site right now. http://parsonsfarmstead.com/2010/03/30/giveaway/
    The books are Made From Scratch and The Backyard Homestead.

    Thanks for having this giveaway, knowledge sharing is always a good idea.

  3. OH! I'd love either one. I LOVE books!

  4. Enter me in the drawing too, please. I don't have either book so it doesn't matter which one I get. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I"d love either, but my preference would be How To Stay Alive in the Woods...really wanting to identify and gather more edible "weeds" and my family is planning to hike the Appalachian Trail, or at least part of it, next year. How cool to live off the land, at least a little bit, as we hike along! ;o)

    BTW..I LOVE this blog. I just found it a couple of weeks ago, and have been steadily making my way through the archives.

  6. Either one they will be interesting to read

  7. I just found your blog and I like it. I copied your recipe for laundry soap so I can finally try it. I have had several bars of Fels Naptha sitting around for a couple of months so now I will finally make a batch and try it out. Your comment about letting clothes soak instead of putting them on a long wash cycle is so obvious yet something I had never thought to try. Thanks!

  8. I forgot to add that I am most interested in the Homemade Power Book as my choice (though I never win anything). Mother Earth News from the 1970's was really the best resource for all things organic and homegrown. It has gotten very commercial. :(

  9. Okay I admit it, I'd enjoy either of those books myself, so I'll join in.