Making the Omelas Bargain

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In May 2017, Peschel Press published “Suburban Stockade,” containing the posts we’ve been publishing here for the last few years. The book underwent several rounds of editing, with new material added and redundant words dropped. The result is a greatly improved version of Teresa’s book that we’re especially proud to present. Click here to buy a copy at Amazon.

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Clicking on the cover will take you to the Amazon page.

As a result, we’ve taken down the “first draft” edition. We’ll link to the new version of “Making the Omelas Bargain” at Peschel Press, and leave this up as a signpost. We’ll also leave a post on the dark world of debt collection that didn’t make it into the book.

We hope you’ll take a look at “Suburban Stockade”, check out the table of contents, and buy a copy. As we’ve said before, this is a “manifesto memoir” and not a strict how-to guide to preparing your family for the future. Teresa feels that there are plenty of great books out there that cover the basics of gardening, weaponry, financial independence, weaponry, building bunkers in the middle of nowhere, and so on.

From the beginning, Teresa decided to explain only those tasks that she hasn’t found described elsewhere, such as performing the Window Dance, hanging laundry effectively, taking advantage of your public library, and coming to terms with an uncertain future.

In fact, we’ll reprint below from “Suburban Stockade” the bibliography that Teresa found especially useful, modified with the publication data removed to make it more readable.


Peg Bracken. The Compleat I Hate to Cook Book.

Muriel and Cortland Fitzsimmons. Cooking for Absolute Beginners.

Barbara Haber. From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals.

Daphne Metaxas Hartwig. Make Your Own Groceries.

John Jeavons. How to Grow More Vegetables: Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine.

King Arthur Flour. The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook.

Tracie McMillan and Hillary Huber. The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table.

Edouard de Pomiane. French Cooking in Ten Minutes: Or, Adapting to the Rhythm of Modern Life.

Jennifer Reese. Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch – Over 120 For the Best Homemade Foods.

Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. The Joy of Cooking..

Barbara Salsbury and Cheri Loveless. Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half!: Supermarket Survival.

Laura Shapiro. Perfection Salad.

Laura Shapiro. Something From the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America.

Carolyn Wyman. Better Than Homemade: Amazing Foods that Changed the Way We Eat.


Mel Bartholomew. Square Foot Gardening.

Carol Deppe. The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times.

Joseph C. Jenkins. The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure: Emphasizing Minimum Technology and Maximum Hygienic Safety.

Steve Solomon. Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times.


Don Aslett. Don Aslett’s Clutter Free!: Finally and Forever.

Tamara Dean. The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors.

Michael F. Roizen. You: The Owner’s Manual.

Martha Webb and Sarah Parsons Zackheim. Dress Your House for Success: Five Fast, Easy Steps to Selling Your House, Apartment, or Condo For the Highest Possible Price.

Laura Ingalls Wilder. Little House on the Prairie.


A. Roger Ekirch. At Day’s Close: A History of Nighttime.

Ruth Goodman. How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life.


Amy Dacyscyn. The Complete Tightwad Gazette.

Steve and Annette Economides. America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money.

Vicki Robin and Joseph R. Dominguez. Your Money Or Your Life: Nine Steps to Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence.

Kathy Spencer and Samantha Rose. How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing.


Kathy Harrison. Just In Case: How to be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens.

James Howard Kunstler. The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century.


Gavin De Becker. The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence.

Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. Paws to Consider: Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family.


Joan Wiener Bordow and Sharon Rosenberg. The Illustrated Hassle-Free Make Your Own Clothes Book.

Duane Bradley and Judith Hoffman Corwin. Design It, Sew It, and Wear It: How to Make Yourself a Super Wardrobe Without Commercial Patterns.

Paula Brewbaker. Clothing Care and Repair (The Singer Sewing Reference Library)

Estelle J. Foote. The Mender’s Manual: Repairing and Preserving Garments and Bedding.

Nan L. Ides. Hand Mending Made Easy: Save Time and Money Repairing Your Own Clothes.

Rosie Martin. DIY Couture: Create Your Own Fashion Collection.

Kristin M. Roach. Mend It Better.

Alison Smith. Dressmaking: The Complete Step-by-step Guide to Making Your Own Clothes.


Archdruid’s Report. The blog is on hiatus, but there are nearly two decades of posts to read.

Resilience. This prepper site’s politics are left-wing, and acts as a clearinghouse for similar sites.

Survival Blog,. Its politics are right-wing, but like Resilience it can lead you to a whole ‘nother set of websites. What’s most fascinating to watch is where the two sites agree.