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    Just wondering if anyone could share the titles of some consider "must have" books? any input would be appreciated
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    The Foxfire series (I think there are 12 books total) offer some interesting information. Based upon Appalachian folklore and history. Not sure if that is what your looking for, and may not be "must have" but worth looking at to see if you are interested.

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    Are you interested in OLD books about homesteading, or new ones about cabin living?
    Old stories abound. One from the Homer area is "We Are Homesteaders" by Ethel Cavanaugh. She and her daughter homesteaded the Fox River out of Homer in the late 40s before the "Barefooters" and Russians came in. They had plans to develop a resort. Tough ladies, but ultimately sickness and old age caught up with them and they sold out.

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    I'm interested in both actually but more current "how to" style books. Self reliant, learning lost arts, living off the land, off grid, etc
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    Look into the Foxfire series. Sounds like it will have some of what you are looking for.

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    Carla Emery - Encyclopedia of Country Living

    We live off the grid and my wife is pretty well versed in this lifestyle. She LOVES this book.

    Good luck

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    Country Wisdom & Know-How is a great resource to have.

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    sayak-

    I can't find the Ethel Cavanaugh book. Is it a self pub or do you have an isbn #? Where did you find it- it sounds like a book I'd love to read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jubilation View Post
    sayak-

    I can't find the Ethel Cavanaugh book. Is it a self pub or do you have an isbn #? Where did you find it- it sounds like a book I'd love to read!
    I went and looked also, and couldn't find it! Homer Public Library has 2 copies. Maybe do an inter-library loan. It is a good read.

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    Jubilation (and anyone else interested)-
    I was wrong about the title and spelling of the author's name. Here is the link to the real McCoy:
    http://www.alibris.com/search/books/qwork/7226594/used/Wilderness%20homesteaders

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayak View Post
    Jubilation (and anyone else interested)-
    I was wrong about the title and spelling of the author's name. Here is the link to the real McCoy:
    http://www.alibris.com/search/books/qwork/7226594/used/Wilderness%20homesteaders

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    If you go in the Pratt museum, they have a picture of Ethel in the homesteading section.

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    well i guess heres a few ideas

    for the homer area, Wilderness Homesteaders by Ethel Kavanaugh 1950
    for the anchor point area, Go North Young Man by Gordon Stoddard 1957
    for the tustumena area, Alaska's No. 1 Guide by Cassidy and Titus 2003
    for the skilak area, Two Against the North by Sharples 1961
    for the kenai lake area, Alaska Nellie by Nellie Neal Lawing 1940
    for the kenai village area, The Clenched Fist by Alice M. Brooks 1948

    There really is no definitive book for what you request but these will give you a feel for it. Probably the best feel is alaska's No 1 guide which is a daily diary of life on tustumena lake in the 1920's for Andrew Berg.

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