Living at the End of Time

Two Years in a Tiny House

John Hanson Mitchell

In this second book in his Scratch Flat Chronicles, John Hanson Mitchell tells how he set out to recreate Henry David Thoreau’s two years at Walden Pond in a replica of Thoreau’s cabin. Mitchell lived off the grid, without running water or electricity, in a tiny house not half a mile from a major highway and in the shadow of a massive new computer company. Nevertheless, his contact with wildlife, the changing seasons, and the natural world equaled and even surpassed Thoreau’s. Hugely popular with the international community of Thoreau followers when it was first published, this book will now be essential reading for the growing community of people who are interested in living in a tiny house, fully experiencing the natural world, or finding self-sufficiency in an increasingly plugged-in society.

Paper: $18.95 | E-book: $16.99
ISBN-13: 9781611685886
Pages: 240 | Size: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
Date Published: April 1, 2014


  • Mitchell knows his plants and animals as certainly as any expert ecologist. But he stalks different game. He’s after the shadows of older ways of seeing, something latent in the antique term ‘natural history’ but deeper.

    John Stilgoe
    New York Times Book Review

About the Author

John Hanson Mitchell

John Hanson Mitchell is the author of five books based on a single square mile known as Scratch Flat, as well as two travel books and the biography of the early African American landscape photographer Robert A. Gilbert. A winner of the John Burroughs Award for his nature essays, Mitchell was founder and editor of Sanctuary magazine, published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In 2000 he won the New England Book Award in nonfiction for his Scratch Flat series. He lives in …

Other Recent Titles

Environmental Futures

Edited by Caren Irr

Philosopher Fish

Richard Adams Carey

Books Like Sapphires

Ann Brener

Freshwater Fish of the Northeast

Matt Patterson

Birdwatching in Maine

Derek Lovitch