Dolly Freed

Following her success as an author, Dolly Freed grew up to be a NASA aerospace engineer. She put herself through college after she aced the SATs with an education she received from the public library. She has also been an environmental educator, business owner, and college professor. She lives in Texas with her husband and two children.


  • “[T]his book will not only make you laugh but might actually inspire you to embrace a simpler life.”

    O , The Oprah Magazine

  • “Compulsively readable . . . [T]his strange , engaging hymn to the laid-back life now, in 2010, one message comes out loud and clear. As the 18-year-old sage Dolly Freed wrote: ‘I refuse to spend the first 60 years of my life worrying about the last 20.’”

    The New York Times Art Beat

  • “An elegant memoir.”

    Philadelphia City Paper

  • “Dolly Freed is my hero . . . [If] this smart , engaging , funny, and frank manifesto . . . doesn’t make you want to quit the rat race at least a little bit, then you must be one big, fat rat.”

    Vice Magazine

  • “Dolly is a sharp writer , an autodidact and an 18-year-old of unusual competence and grit . . . [T]here’s nothing precious about Possum Living: it’s genuine in a way few books are.”


  • Possum Living, a manifesto for living cheaply . . . is a relevant and sassy manual for the nonconsumer lifestyle.”


  • “A paean to self-sufficiency.”

    Columbia Journalism Review