Rancho Costa Nada: The Dirt Cheap Desert Homestead by Philip Garlington
Approx. 55,170 words.
Published on March 23, 2011.
After being fired for insubordination at his last two corporate jobs, the author wonders if he can become a modern pioneer on ten worthless acres he bought at a tax auction for $325. He's broke, and his land is arid and remote. But he finds that with a few simple expedients he can build a $100 shelter, be his own utility district, and live more or less comfortably and without any hardship.