Rancho Costa Nada: The Dirt Cheap Desert Homestead
by Philip Garlington
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.