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The radical search for the simple life in today’s America. The Unsettlers traces the search for the simple life through the stories of new pioneers--some rural, some urban-- exploring what inspired each of them to try to find a better existence. It's a book that dares us to imagine what...

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The radical search for the simple life in today’s America.

The Unsettlers traces the search for the simple life through the stories of new pioneers--some rural, some urban-- exploring what inspired each of them to try to find a better existence. It's a book that dares us to imagine what a sustainable, ethical, authentic future might actually look like.

On a frigid April night, a classically trained opera singer, five months pregnant, and her husband, a former marine biologist, disembark an Amtrak train in La Plata, Missouri, assemble two bikes, and pedal off into the night, bound for a homestead they've purchased, sight unseen. Meanwhile, a horticulturist, heir to the Great Migration that brought masses of African Americans to Detroit, and her husband, a product of the white flight from it, have turned to urban farming to revitalize the blighted city they both love. And near Missoula, Montana, a couple who have been at the forefront of organic farming for decades navigate what it means to live and raise a family ethically.   

A work of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, The Unsettlers traces the search for the simple life through the stories of these new pioneers and what inspired each of them to look for -- or create -- a better existence. Captivating and clear-eyed, it dares us to imagine what a sustainable, ethical, authentic future might actually look like.

 

 

  • Author: Mark Sundeen
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 336
  • Size: 6.5 x 9.5
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books

 

If talk of politics makes you pine for a life away from Twitter and cable news and the rest, Mark Sundeen's The Unsettlers offers a few tips for how to build a sustainable future." —The New York Times Book Review


“[Sundeen] relays the homesteaders’ stories with fierce curiosity and empathy...an enlightening read... [and] exceptional reporting on a topic that we’d all be wise to familiarize ourselves with, especially in the shadow of an indefatigably evil administration.” —Paris Review

“A fascinating, timely, and deeply personal examination of what it means to be a non-conformist in the modern age."—Outside
 
“A well-crafted, intimate portrait.”San Francisco Chronicle

“[A] deftly written study.”—Nature

“Context is everything in this carefully and affectionate­ly reported account of idealists working not to leave the real world behind, but to make it better.”—BookPage

“One of the more refreshing reads to hit shelves in 2017.”—Signature Reads

"Well researched, immediately engaging, immensely readable, and ultimately inspiring. This is the perfect read for DIY-types with dreams of saving the world, or at least their own backyards.” —Booklist

 

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