The Best Country and Rural Living Books

“What are the best books about Country Living?” We looked at 13 articles and found 278 unique books to answer that very question.

Rural and country living covers a wide range of books. There are farming books, homestead books, books about leading a nomadic life, history of farming books, instructional agriculture books, and so much more. There is fiction, non-fiction, biography, history, and recipe books.  We found 278 total books, 12 of which appeared on multiple lists. We included images, links, and a summary for those below and a list of the remaining 266 books, along with the sources, at the bottom of the page.

And if for some reason you click on this article and are more of a city person, or simply curious on what that list looks like, you can read our City Living article from earlier in the week.


Happy Scrolling!

Top 12 Country Living Books

12 .) A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library Book Lists
  • Modern Farmer

Newton Peck weaves a story of a Vermont boyhood that is part fiction, part memoir. The result is a moving coming-of-age story that still resonates with teens today.

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11 .) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Daily Beast
  • Electric Lit

Nearly 25 years after Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America’s heart. In the words ofKirkus, it is a novel “as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering.” Gilead tells the story of America and will break your heart.

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10 .) Homestead by Rosina Lippi

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Library Book Lists

Each life has its place, and every variation ripples the surface of the tiny alpine village called Rosenau. Be it a mysteriously misaddressed love letter or a girl’s careless delivery of two helpless relatives into Nazi hands, the town’s balance is ever tested, and ever tender. Here is a novel spanning eighty years — years that bring factories and wars, store-bought cheese and city-trained teachers — weaving the fates of the wives, mothers, and daughters in this remote corner of Austria.

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9 .) How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Lists It Appears On:

  • Modern Farmer
  • The Guardian

“Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.”

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8 .) Stoner by John Williams

Lists It Appears On:

  • Modern Farmer
  • The Guardian

William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude.

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7 .) The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! by Carleen Madigan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Just Peace
  • Countryfarm Lifestyles

On just a quarter-acre of land, you can produce fresh, organic food for a family of four — year-round! This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.

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6 .) The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir by Josh Kilmer Purcell

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • Library Book Lists

Michael Perry (Coop, Truck: A Love Story) meets David Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim) in this follow-up to Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s beloved New York Times bestselling debut memoir, I Am Not Myself These Days—another riotous, moving, and entirely unique story of his attempt to tackle the next phase of life with his partner… on a goat farm in upstate New York.

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5 .) The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • Library Book Lists

Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season—complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn.

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4 .) The Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library Book Lists
  • Modern Farmer

Barbara Kingsolver’s fifth novel is a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. It weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, this novel’s intriguing protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place.

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3 .) Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring

Lists It Appears On:

  • Just Peace
  • Critical Cactus
  • Eco Books


This how-to, user-friendly guide teaches self-sufficiency-covering all of life’s essentials: shelter; alternative energy sources; growing and preserving food; home crafts; directions for making herbal remedies; and even home-grown entertainment.

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2 .) Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Lists It Appears On:

  • Library Book Lists
  • NPR
  • The Guardian

When the recently orphaned socialite Flora Poste descends on her relatives at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm in deepest Sussex, she finds a singularly miserable group in dire need of her particular talent

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1 .) The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery

Lists It Appears On:

  • Countryfarm Lifestyles
  • Critical Cactus
  • Just Peace
  • Eco Books

The bestselling resource for modern homesteading, growing and preserving foods, and raising chickens, The Encyclopedia of Country Living includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more. This comprehensive resource is the most authoritative guide available to a sustainable lifestyle and living off of the land.

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#13 to 278 Books About Living In The Country
(Appear On A Single List Each)


A Box of Matches Nicholson Baker Library Book Lists
A Bucket of Nuts and a Herring Net John Jackson Library Book Lists
A Buzzard Is My Best Friend Margaret Anne Barnes Library Book Lists
A Country Life William S. Morse Library Book Lists
A Country Wife Farms Families and Other Foolhardy Adventures: Memoir. Pig keeping, cake baking and lamb rearing in the lush Dorset countryside, where Lucy settled as a newlywed 30 years ago. Lucy Pinney Library Book Lists
A Countryman’s Journal: Views of Life and Nature from a Maine Coastal Farm Roy Barrette Library Book Lists
A Farm of Our Own: A Spiritual Journey Running a Smallholding Graham R. Irwin and Ken Ashton Library Book Lists
A Maine Hamlet Lura Beam Library Book Lists
A Maine Man in the Making Franklin F. Gould Library Book Lists
A Measure of My Days David Loxterkamp, M.D. Library Book Lists
A Place in the Country Laura Shaine Cunningham Library Book Lists
A Place in the Woods Helen and Adrian Hoover Library Book Lists
A Reasonable Life: Toward a Simpler, Secure, More Humane Existence Eco Books
A Separate Place: A Family, a Cabin in the Woods, and a Journey of Love and Spirit David Brill Library Book Lists
A Simpler Way Eco Books
A Small Farm in Maine: How One Couple Built a Self-Sustaining Life in the Country Terry Silber Library Book Lists
A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley Library Book Lists
A Time to Recall: The Delights of a Maine Childhood Helen V. Taylor Library Book Lists
A Very Small Farm William Paul Winchester Library Book Lists
A White Heron — A Story of Maine Sarah Orne Jewett Library Book Lists
A Year in the Maine Woods Bernd Heinrich Library Book Lists
Acres and Pains, a Guide to Country Loafing S.J. Perelman Library Book Lists
Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic Eco Books
All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! Mel Bartholomew (Paperback – Feb 1, 2006) Countryfarm Lifestyles
American House Virginia Chase Perkins Library Book Lists
American Salvage Bonnie Jo Campbell The Daily Beast
American Utopias Eco Books
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business Eco Books
An Unseemly Wife E.B. Moore Electric Lit
And I Shall Have Some Peace There Margaret Roach Library Book Lists
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Barbara Kingsolver Library Book Lists
As the Earth Turns Gladys Hasty Carroll Library Book Lists
At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream Wade Rouse The Christian Science Monitor
Backyard Meat Production : How to Grow.All the Meat Your Need in Your Back Yard Anita Evangelista Just Peace
Bean Blossom Dreams: A City Family’s Search for a Simple Country Life Sallyann Murphey Library Book Lists
Big Tractors with Casey and Friends” and “Combines with Casey and Friends Holly Dufek Agrinews
Blood-Lust Chickens and Renegade Sheep: A First-Timer’s Guide to Country Living. Anita Evangelista Just Peace
Cache Lake Country John J. Rowlands Library Book Lists
Carrying Water as a Way of Life: A Homesteader’s History Linda Tatelbaum Library Book Lists
Celebration of Awareness: A Call for Institutional Revolution/Social Questions Eco Books
Cheap Gossip Sanford Phippen Library Book Lists
Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World Eco Books
Cold Times Elizabeth Jordan Moore Library Book Lists
Comments on the Society of the Spectable Eco Books
Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from the Baffler Eco Books
Communities Directory: A Guide to Intentional Communities and Cooperative Living Eco Books
Community Technology Karl Hess Just Peace
Cooking With the Sun : How to Build and Use Solar Cookers Beth and Don Halacy Just Peace
Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg aka Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting Michael Perry Library Book Lists
Country Matters: The Pleasures and Tribulations of Moving from a Big City to an Old Country Farmhouse Michael Korda Library Book Lists
Country Neighborhood Elizabeth Coatsworth Library Book Lists
Country of Exiles: The Destruction of Place in American Life Eco Books
Cream Hill: Discoveries of a Weekend Countryman Lewis Gannett Library Book Lists
Culture Jam: How to Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge–And Why We Must Eco Books
Danny and the Boys Robert Traver Library Book Lists
DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle Critical Cactus
Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm Jon Katz Library Book Lists
Driftless David Rhodes The Daily Beast
Earth-Sheltered Houses: How To Build An Affordable Underground Home Rob Roy Critical Cactus
Earthship: How to Build Your Own Critical Cactus
Eden Springs Laura Kasischke The Daily Beast
Eighty-Eight Years on a Maine Farm Will and Minnie Penney Library Book Lists
Enslaved by Ducks: How One Man Went from Head of the Household to Bottom of the Pecking Order Bob Tarte Library Book Lists
Epicurean Simplicity Eco Books
Falling to Earth Kate Southwood Electric Lit
Farm City Novella Carpenter The Christian Science Monitor
Farm on Nippersink Creek: A Midwestern Boyhood Jim May Library Book Lists
Farmer Takes a Wife John Gould Library Book Lists
Feed a Family of Four for As Low As $10 per Week and Enjoy a Nibble of Independence. Just Peace
Fetched-Up Yankee: A New England Boyhood Remembered Lewis Hill Library Book Lists
Fields of Home Ralph Moody Library Book Lists
Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm Jeanne Marie Laskas Library Book Lists
Fireweed Mildred Walker Library Book Lists
First Person Rural, Essays of a Sometime Farmer Noel Perrin Library Book Lists
Five Acres and Independence : A Handbook for Small Farm Management Maurice Grenville Kains Just Peace
Foster Claire Keegan The Guardian
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television Eco Books
Freeman: The Agriculture Years Rodney Leonard Agrinews
From A Limestone Ledge John Graves Library Book Lists
From the Orange Mailbox: Notes from A Few Country Acres A. Carman Clark Library Book Lists
Getting a Life: Strategies for Simple Living, Based on the Revolutionary Program for Financial Freedom, Your Money or Your Life Eco Books
Goat Song Brad Kessler The Christian Science Monitor
God’s Own Country Ross Raisin The Guardian
Grace Butterfield Dow’s Diary of a Week at the Lake Grace Butterfield Dow Library Book Lists
Graceful Simplicity: Toward a Philosophy and Politics of Simple Living Eco Books
Grandfather’s Broadaxe and Other Stories of a Maine Farm Family C.A. Stephens Library Book Lists
Green Mountain Farm Elliott Merrick Library Book Lists
Green Wood and Chloroform: How A Young English Doctor Settled in Rural Maine Anthony Betts Library Book Lists
Greener Pastures: Life in the North Country Marnie Reed Crowell Library Book Lists
Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet: Inventive Ideas for Growing Food in a Small Space Fourth & Sycamore
Guerrilla Furniture Design: How to Build Lean, Modern Furniture with Salvaged Materials Will Holman Fourth & Sycamore
Happy the Land Louise Dickinson Rich Library Book Lists
Haps and Mishaps at the Old Farm C.A. Stephens Library Book Lists
Hard Times in Paradise: An American Family’s Struggle to Carve Out a Homestead in California’s Redwood Mountains David Colfax Library Book Lists
Hardscrabble: Observations on a Patch of Land John Graves Library Book Lists
Hattie Big Sky Kirby Larson Modern Farmer
Here I Stay: A Maine Novel Elizabeth Coatsworth Library Book Lists
Hill Country Harvest Hal Borland Library Book Lists
Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn Catherine Friend Library Book Lists
Hooper’s Pasture from Maine to Vermont John S. Hooper Library Book Lists
How to Develop a Low-Cost Family Food Storage System Anita Evangelista Just Peace
How to Grow More Vegetables : Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops. John Jeavons Just Peace
How to Live Without Electricity & Like It Anita Evangelista Just Peace
How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter, and Self-Preservation That Makes Starvation in the Wilderness Next to Impossible Eco Books
How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle Eco Books
In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods Matt Bell Electric Lit
International Harvester Trucks: The Complete History Patrick Foster Agrinews
It Takes A Village Idiot: Complicating the Simple Life Jim Mullen Library Book Lists
It’s a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the Keith Stewart Library Book Lists
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There Philip P. Hallie NPR
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men James Agee and Walker Evans The Guardian
Letters from Applehurst G.W. Hinckley Library Book Lists
Letters from Wingfield Farm Dan Needles Library Book Lists
Living Cheaply with Style: Live Better and Spend Less Eco Books
Living on Less: An Authoritative Guide to Affordable Food, Fuel, and Shelter Eco Books
Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle Eco Books
Living Well on a Shoestring: 1,821 Ways to Live Frugally, Efficiently and Masterfully Without Being a Miser Eco Books
Lost Paradise: A Boyhood on a Maine Coast Farm Robert P. Tristram Coffin Library Book Lists
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich The Daily Beast
Loving and Leaving the Good Life Helen Nearing Library Book Lists
Maine Farm: A Year of Country Life Stanley Joseph and Lynn Karlin Library Book Lists
Maine Memories Elizabeth Coatsworth Library Book Lists
Maine Ways Elizabeth Coatsworth Library Book Lists
Maine’s Golden Road: A Memoir John Gould Library Book Lists
Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love Eco Books
Malabar Farm series Louis Bromfield Library Book Lists
Man Bites Log: The Unlikely Adventures of a City Guy in the Woods Max Alexander Library Book Lists
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides The Daily Beast
Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre Brett L. Markham Critical Cactus
Minnesota Weather Almanac: Second Edition, Completely Updated for the New Normals Mark Seeley Agrinews
Moonshine!: Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Countryfarm Lifestyles
Moose in the Water, Bamboo on the Bench: A Journal and a Journey Kathy Scott Library Book Lists
More-With-Less Cookbook Doris Longacre Just Peace
Mother Earth News Alcohol Fuel Handboo Just Peace
Mountain of My Dreams: The Early Years Richard T. Antony Library Book Lists
Mountain of My Dreams: The Middle Years Richard T. Antony Library Book Lists
Mountainman Crafts and Skills: A Fully Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Living and Survival Eco Books
Mrs. Fytton’s Country Life Mavis Cheek Library Book Lists
My Life in the North Woods Robert Smith Library Book Lists
Native American Crafts and Skills: A Fully Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Living and Survival Eco Books
Native Son Richard Wright The Daily Beast
Neighborly Relations: And Other Stories of Bygone Times on a Saltwater Farm Edwin D. Merry Library Book Lists
Neither Hay Nor Grass John Gould Library Book Lists
Nine Mile Bridge Helen Hamlin Library Book Lists
No LOGO: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies Eco Books
North of Now: A Celebration of Country and the Soon to Be Gone W. D. Wetherell Library Book Lists
North Woods Walkabout Nan Turner Waldron Library Book Lists
Northern Farm: A Chronicle of Maine Henry Beston Library Book Lists
O Pioneers! Willa Cather The Guardian
Off Grid Living: 25 Lessons on How to Live off The Grid and Survive in the Wild Kevin Evans Critical Cactus
Once Upon a Farm: Stories about the Farm on Thompson Hill in Mexico, Maine Crossland, Lloyd, and Gail Parent, Fern Stearns, Joyce Morgan Library Book Lists
One Circle : How to Grow a Complete Diet in Less Than 1000 sq. ft. Just Peace
One Crow, Two Crow Virginia Chase Perkins Library Book Lists
One Man’s Meat E.B. White Library Book Lists
One-Horse Farm Robert P. Tristram Coffin Library Book Lists
Onions in the Stew Betty MacDonald Library Book Lists
Only Parent Louise Dickinson Rich Library Book Lists
Our Way Down East Elinor Graham Library Book Lists
Pages from a Journal Joyce Butler Library Book Lists
Papa was a Farmer Brenda Weisberg Meckler Library Book Lists
Participating in Nature: Thomas J. Elpel’s Field Guide to Primitive Living Skills Eco Books
Peace at Heart: An Oregon Country Life Barbara Drake Library Book Lists
Pie for Breakfast Lawrence and Marion Averill Library Book Lists
Plainsong Kent Haruf Electric Lit
Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills Eco Books
Putting Food by Just Peace
Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth Eco Books
Re-Told Tales of the Hills and Shores of Maine Mrs. H.G. Rowe Library Book Lists
Red Combines 1915-2015: The Authoritative Guide to International Harvester and Case IH Harvesting Equipment Lee Klancher Agrinews
Remembering Laughter Wallace Stegner Library Book Lists
Ridge-Runner: The Story of a Maine Woodsman Gerald Averill Library Book Lists
Right as Rain Bernice Richmond Library Book Lists
Road Song: A Memoir Natalie Kusz Library Book Lists
Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits Eco Books
Roughing It Easy/a Unique Ideabook for Camping and Cooking Just Peace
Sailing on the Ice: And Other Stories from the Old Squire’s Farm C.A. Stephens Library Book Lists
Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward Electric Lit
Sanctuary: A Finding of Life E.W. Paisley Library Book Lists
Save Every Lamb: Rich and Memorable Tales of a Lifetime with the Animals of the Hills and Farms of Kentucky Jesse Stuart Library Book Lists
See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America Logan Ward Library Book Lists
Sign of the Beaver Elizabeth George Speare Library Book Lists
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser The Daily Beast
Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea Catherine Goldhammer Library Book Lists
Stillmeadow Seasons Gladys Taber Library Book Lists
Stone Work: Reflections on Serious Play and Other Aspects of Country Life Eco Books
Successful Calamity: A Writer’s Follies on a Vermont Farm Edmund Fuller Library Book Lists
Surrendering the Reins Les Graham Agrinews
Survival Skills of the North American Indians Eco Books
Sylvia’s Farm: The Journal of an Improbable Shepherd Sylvia Jorrin Library Book Lists
Tales of Cedar River William M. Clark Library Book Lists
Tales of the Maine Woods: Two Forest and Stream Essays Fanny Pearson Eckstorm Library Book Lists
Tarry Flynn Patrick Kavanagh The Guardian
Tasha Tudor’s Garden Tovah Martin (Hardcover – Oct 5, 1994) Countryfarm Lifestyles
Technology and the Good Life? Eco Books
That They May Face The Rising Sun John McGahern The Guardian
The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden William Alexander Library Book Lists
The Affluent Society Eco Books
The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd Mary Rose O’Reilley Library Book Lists
The Big-Little World of Doc Pritham Dorothy Clarke Wilson Library Book Lists
The Birchwood Café Cookbook: Good Real Food Tracy Singleton and Marshall Paulsen with Beth Dooley Agrinews
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison The Daily Beast
The Bones of Plenty Lois Phillips Hudson Library Book Lists
The Cheechakoes: The True Story of the Remarkable Adventures of an American Family Who Moved to Alaska and Lived Like Pioneers Wayne Short Library Book Lists
The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life Eco Books
The Coast of Chicago Stuart Dybek The Daily Beast
The Complete Book of Butchering, Smoking, Curing and Sausage Making Philip Hasheider Countryfarm Lifestyles
The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism Eco Books
The Consumer Society Reader Eco Books
The Country Doctor Sarah Orne Jewett Library Book Lists
The Country Life Rachel Cusk Library Book Lists
The Country of the Pointed Firs Sarah Orne Jewett Library Book Lists
The Cows are Out! Two Decades on a Maine Dairy Farm Trudy Chambers Price Library Book Lists
The Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Food from America’s Dairy Farm Lisa Kingsley Agrinews
The Dark Well: Coming of Age on a Maine Farm Brenda Shaw Library Book Lists
The Dog From Nowhere Elizabeth Coatsworth Library Book Lists
The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure With Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me Jon Katz Library Book Lists
The Egg and I Betty MacDonald Library Book Lists
The Experience of Place Eco Books
The Fresh Girl’s Guide to Easy Canning Ana Micka Countryfarm Lifestyles
The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living Eco Books
The Hardscrabble Chronicles Laurie Bogart Morrow Library Book Lists
The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked Eco Books
The Jungle Upton Sinclair The Daily Beast
The Known World Edward P. Jones Electric Lit
The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey: Memories from the Farm of My Youth Alan Guebert Agrinews
The Little House book series Laura Ingalls Wilder Modern Farmer
The Long Man Amy Greene Electric Lit
The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau Library Book Lists
The Mountain Alice Beal Parsons Library Book Lists
The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The Classic Guide for Realists and Dreamers Countryfarm Lifestyles
The New Laurel’s Kitchen : A Handbook… Just Peace
The Old Ashburn Place Margaret Flint Library Book Lists
The Orchardist Amanda Coplin Electric Lit
The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting, and the New Consumer Eco Books
The Peninsula Louise Dickinson Rich Library Book Lists
The Quality of Life Report Meghan Daum Library Book Lists
The Right to Useful Unemployment: And Its Professional Enemies Eco Books
The Secrets of Building an Alcohol Producing Still Vincent R. Gingery (Paperback – Jul 1994) Countryfarm Lifestyles
The Simple Living Guide: A Sourcebook for Less Stressful, More Joyful Living Eco Books
The Society of the Spectacle Eco Books
The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling Daniel D. Chiras Critical Cactus
The Summer of Ordinary Ways Nicole Helget Library Book Lists
The Sustainable Vegetable Garden : A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil & Higher Yields. Just Peace
The Theory of the Leisure Class Eco Books
The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class Eco Books
The Twin Gerbrand Bakker, translated by David Colmer The Guardian
The Widow Down by the Brook: A Memoir of a Time Gone By Mary MacNeill Library Book Lists
The Woods and the Sea, Wilderness and Seacoast Adventures in the State of Maine Dudley Cammett Lunt Library Book Lists
The World Around the Mountain Alice Beal Parsons Library Book Lists
The Years of the Forest Helen and Adrian Hoover Library Book Lists
them Joyce Carol Oates The Daily Beast
This Hill, This Valley Hal Borland Library Book Lists
This Trifling Distinction: Reminiscences from Down East John Gould Library Book Lists
Thousand Acre Marsh, A Span of Remembrance Dudley Cammett Lunt Library Book Lists
To School Through the Fields Alice Taylor Library Book Lists
Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream William Powers Critical Cactus
Upcountry: Reflections from a Rural Life Robert Kimber Library Book Lists
Vital Ties Karen Kringle Library Book Lists
Voices from the Farm: Adventures in Community Living Eco Books
Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich Eco Books
We Didn’t Have Much, But We Sure Had Plenty: Rural Women in Their Own Words Sherry Thomas Library Book Lists
We Have All Gone Away Curtis Harnack Library Book Lists
We Summer in Maine Nathaniel J. Hasenfus Library Book Lists
We Took to the Woods Louise Dickinson Rich Library Book Lists
When Life was Young: At the Old Farm in Maine C.A. Stephens Library Book Lists
Where There is No Doctor David Werner, Carol Thuman, Jane Maxwell Just Peace
Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home Janisse Ray Library Book Lists
Wilderness Journey: Life, Living, Contentment in the Allagash Woods of Maine Dorothy Boone Kidney Library Book Lists
Wilderness Survival Eco Books
Winesburg, Ohio Sherwood Anderson The Daily Beast
Winter’s Bone Daniel Woodrell Electric Lit
Woodswoman Anne LaBastille Library Book Lists
Yankee Boyhood: My Adventures on a Maine Farm Seventy Years Ago R.E. Gould Library Book Lists
Yankee Drummer R.E. Gould Library Book Lists
Yankee Storekeeper R.E. Gould Library Book Lists
Year of the Cornflake Faith Addis Library Book Lists
Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence Eco Books

Rural Living Book Sources

Source Article
Agrinews Try giving your favorite farmer a book this year
Countryfarm Lifestyles Best Homesteading Books; Farming, Homesteading, Country Living with Reviews
Critical Cactus Top 9 Most Popular Off Grid Living Books
Eco Books Books on Simple Living
Electric Lit 10 Great Novels of the Rural: A Reading List by Michelle Hoover, Author of Bottomland
Fourth & Sycamore DIY: Two New Books Full of Ideas for Urban/Rural Living
Just Peace A Cyberstore of Books on the Practicalities of Sustainable, Simple, and Frugal living
Library Book Lists Back to the Land: Tales of Rural Life
Modern Farmer 6 Great Farm Reads for Young Adults
NPR Country Cousins: 3 Books About Rural Living
The Christian Science Monitor 5 books about chucking it all for country living
The Daily Beast Respect the Midwest!
The Guardian Belinda McKeon’s top 10 farming novels


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