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A book for Luddite-curious city dwellers: Mark Sundeen's 'The Unsettlers'

Thanks to Pinterest boards and Instagram hashtags, the word "authentic" has passed from buzzword into the realm of parody: think Portlandia-style farm-to-table spreads, mountain-top selfies and any fashion shoot set in Joshua Tree. But in Mark Sundeen's "The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America" (Riverhead, $26), three American families ditch modern comforts and convenience - including, in some cases, supermarkets, cars and even electricity - to define authentic living for themselves. For "the Luddite-curious," "The Unsettlers" offers an in-depth and compelling account of diverse Americans living off the grid. In each of the book's three sections - Missouri, Detroit, and Montana - these homesteaders show us how the other half lives.

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Pass Road Elementary School choir sings with Foreigner

Gulfport’s Pass Road Elementary School choir sings “I Want to Know What Love Is” with Foreigner at Hard Rock Biloxi. The band holds a contest in every city they play among local children’s choirs and Pass Road won this year.
Courtesy Diane Rush Sun Herald
Pass Road Elementary School choir sings with Foreigner 4:27

Pass Road Elementary School choir sings with Foreigner

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Lizana Mardi Gras parade

St. Vincent de Paul Singing Knights want to sing with Foreigner 2:59

St. Vincent de Paul Singing Knights want to sing with Foreigner

Pass Road Elementary Singers want to sing with Foreigner 2:14

Pass Road Elementary Singers want to sing with Foreigner

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