100 Skills You'll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It)
By Ana Maria Spagna, 224 pages
From celestial navigation to sharpening blades, Ana Maria Spagna outlines 100 indispensable skills for life after an apocalyptic global catastrophe. She covers obvious needs like first aid and farming, while also providing suggestions on how to build a safe and culturally rich community through storytelling and music making. Full of quirky illustrations by Brian Cronin, this book will provoke surprise, debate, and laughter as it leads you to greater self-reliance and joy - whatever the future brings.
"While it's true I only have 10 of the 100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It), thanks to Ana Maria Spagna's cheerfully reassuring text and Brian Cronin's charmingly practical illustrations, I am confident I'll be able to handle any and all catastrophes our planet throws at me!"
- Susan Beth Pfeffer, author ofLife As We Knew It / The Last Survivor series
"Move over, 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth. In this trusty little volume, Ana Maria Spagna has created a handbook for how to be a better human: more self-sufficient, more cooperative and kind-hearted, more in tune with your surroundings. This is no mere primer on reskilling; it's a humor-infused exploration of how to live more lightly on the planet while getting in touch with your more virtuous self."
- Jennifer Sahn, editor of Orion magazine
About the Author
Ana Maria Spagna lives and writes in Stehekin, Washington, a remote community in the North Cascades. She’s the author of 100 Skills You'll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It), and after 15 years working on backcountry trail crews, she now teaches creative nonfiction in the Whidbey Writers Workshop low-residency MFA program. Her writing on nature, work, and life in a small community appears regularly in Orion, High Country News, Mountain Gazette, Oregon Quarterly, and elsewhere.
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