Posted by: L | July 18, 2012

My Survival & Homesteading books

In my last post I mentioned one of the books I have on wilderness living, and I thought I ought to share a list of other similar books I own.

I have:

Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living: Surviving with nothing but your bare hands and what you find in the woods by John McPherson and Geri McPherson – Teaches basic primitive living skills such as basic flint knapping, several fire starting techniques, and basic shelters.

How to Survive The End of The World as we Know It by James Wesley, Rawles – Preparation advice for finding & setting up a survival homestead and stocking it before a situation happens.

The Forager’s Harvest by Samuel Thayer – “A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants” as stated on the cover…

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places by “Wildman” Steve Brill with Evelyn Dean – Another resource for finding, identifying, and using edible and medicinal plants

Back to Basics edited by Abigail R. Gehring – A book of traditional skills used in homesteading

The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery – Another homesteading book

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin – A home birth book

Heart and Hands by Elizabeth Davis – “A Midwife’s guide to pregnancy and childbirth” as stated on the cover…

Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman – A classic knitting text good for Beginners and Advanced Knitters. She has patterns for sweaters, socks, hats, mittens, and other garments.

Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman – A knitting project for each month of the year, goes wonderfully with her other book. hats’ sweaters, baby items, socks, mittens, and more.

Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Knitting by Donna Kooler -Basic knitting instructions, a large variety of stitch patterns, and instructions for 22 projects.

Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet by Donna Kooler -Same as her knitting book, only for crochet.

Somewhere I have a book on spinning fiber into yarn using various techniques, but it is lost or packed away right now. A must-have if you plan to knit, crochet, or weave.



  1. Howdy good people has anyone else followed the observations by Mr. Cliff High in his HalfPast Human blog? He sees with the help of his Web Bot studies a critical shut down of the grid around June 2013. He advocates we store books for the rebuilding as well as the needed tools to do the hard work needed in the face of a grid down time.

  2. Forager’s Harvest and Back to Basics are excellent books. One book I would not recommend to use is When Technology Fails. The author depends on too many techie soloutions. Everyone may not have access to the things he suggests. Some great ideas…but i think this shift will tear things down a bit more than the author is planning on.

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