Building a Home Library: How to Select the Best Books

A carefully selected home library can make the difference between successful self reliance or years of struggle. Learn how to choose the best books to read on self reliance and homesteading skills.


| May 30, 2013




"Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs" by Wendy Brown is packed with practical solutions for increasing your self reliance.


Cover Courtesy New Society Publishers

Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs by Wendy Brown (New Society Publishers, 2011) is packed with practical solutions for increasing your self reliance and transitioning to a lower-energy lifestyle.  In this excerpt from Chapter 17, Wendy explains how to set up a home library with a good selection of books covering skills for self reliance, as well as books for education and entertainment.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs.

Building A Home Library

In a lower-energy future, I do not think book publishing will die. We will always have books, and even with all of today’s wonderful digital readers, there will always be bound paper books, because people just like them.





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