See You in a Hundred Years by Logan Ward
Even though I was never a big Laura Ingalls Wilder reader, I've always been fascinated by that pioneer spirit and stories of striking out in the wilderness, so when I read about this experiment by New Yorker Ward, I was intrigued.
Ward and his wife (and their toddler) are increasingly stressed out by their electronically-dominated, rushrush lives in New York, and decide to go back in time to 1900 and live - no running water, no flush toilets, no cars, nothing. They find a plot of land in Shenandoah Valley, and this book chronicles their year of living as though it were 1900.
I really liked reading about the trials and tribulations of the whole family, as well as learning what was 1900-approved, and what they family couldn't use, as well as the bumps and bruises that went along the way. While I know *I* couldn't do it, I came to really admire Ward's "pioneer spirit".
I'd miss plumbing, though.
An interesting non-fiction read!