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PROVIDENT LIVING LIBRARY

If you were going to live in isolated circumstances (with all utilities for at least part of the time) for an unknown period of time but were allowed a small library of books to help you be self-reliant, what would you choose?

Scriptures
Hymn book
A poetry book such as One Hundred and One Famous Poems compiled by Roy J. Cook
A favorite novel or two
A comprehensive reference book such as The New York Public Library Desk Reference
A dictionary
Simply Prepared: A Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage by Cheryl F. Driggs
The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage Stevens
When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein
Backwoods Home Magazine Anthologies
The Foxfire series
Boy Scout Handbook or Fieldbook
So Easy to Preserve, The Cooperative Extension of The University of Georgia
Additional canning books such as the Ball Blue Book, Putting Food By, or Stocking Up III.
How to Dry Foods by Deanna DeLong or The Dehydrator Bible by MacKenzie, Nutt and Mercer
Pantry Cooking: Unlocking Your Pantryís Potential by Cheryl Driggs
A good whole grain cookbook such as The Grains Cookbook by Bert Greene, The Complete Whole Grain Cookbook by Carol Gelles, or The Splendid Grain by Rebecca Wood
The Laurelís Kitchen Bread Book
A basic cookbook such as the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, Betty Crocker Cookbook, or The Joy of Cooking
Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H. Kearny
Maintaining Nutritional Adequacy during a Prolonged Food Crisis by Kay B. Franz and Cresson H. Kearny
An edible native plant guide
A local gardening guide
A general gardening book such as The New Self-Sufficient Gardener by John Seymour, Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew or Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza
A good composting guide
A seed saving guide such as Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth
The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn
The Work Womanís Guide by A Lady
Making Patterns from Finished Clothes by Rusty Bensussen
Clothing alteration books by Mary Roehr
Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness by FEMA
Where There is No Doctor by David Werner
Where There is No Dentist by Murray Dickson
A basic home repair guide such as one from Better Homes and Gardens, Black and Decker or the Readerís Digest Fix-It-Yourself Manual
Pocket Reference: Everything You Need, Right in Your Pocket! by Thomas J. Glover

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