"An in-depth and compelling account of diverse Americans living off the grid." —Los Angeles Times
The radical search for the simple life in today's America.
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.
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by Mark Sundeen
by Mark Joyner
by Mark Nepo
by Mark Richard
by Mark Landler
by Mark Rampolla
by Professor Mark Polelle
"Mark Sundeen offers a journalistically rigorous and personally felt account of three back-to-the-land farming families in three different U.S. regions: Missouri, Detroit, and Montana. Sundeen follows his accounts with discussions of the decisions he and his wife are in the process of making about how to live and raise their family. Sundeen's reading of his own work provides listeners with the customary advantages and disadvantages. He conveys his passion in what is a passionate story. His emphasis and pronunciation are as the author intended. But he's not a professional narrator and is, occasionally, inclined to monotone. Sundeen does not offer easy answers. Instead, he raises questions about how to lead our lives by allowing us to see through the eyes of those who are committed to living more deliberately. F.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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