I just checked Amazon.com and they have several different editions of "Back to Basics" priced from $16 -$25.00. Your DM did well :)
Just so happens I also have this book and I love it!!!
Now the ironic thing...I stopped by the library today and they had a copy of "Reader's Digest New Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual" $2.00!!! I think Reader's Digest had published several different books of this type. Anyway, this one has illustrations and directions on just about anything that needs to be done around the house. Think I might change out that wobbly toilet and if I am still alive after fixing the electric wiring in the shed, I'll start on the kitchen sink!.... Maybe I'll call my DSIL (dear son in law)
favorite fiction: "Watership Down" by Richard Adams This is where 5 Rah comes from :)
If you're interested in canning, the Ball Blue Book Guide is essential. Clear easy to understand instructions, lists of supplies, and awesome recipes. You can grab it off the Amazon link or check your local Walmart. I picked one up last year for around $6.
The below link has FREE downloads of the following useful books: Where There Is No Doctor Where Women Have No Doctor Advance Chapters from the NEW Where There Is No Doctor A Book for Midwives Where There Is No Dentist Sanitation and Cleanliness
One Second After by William Forstchen. Deals with EMP strike and loss of Americas electricity for one year. Scary as Hell and full of surviving methods.
Basher, OMGosh...that book freaked me out! I read it recently. I'm SO glad I already had a good head start on prepping. Found myself doing a mental checklist RATHER than thinking, "Crap...I need this, that, and the other!"
I think OSA is a frighteningly realistic look has how society would unfold if an EMP were as devastating as many predict.
In the book...there are three launched from regular scud type missile launchers from container ships. One on the west coast, east coast, and gulf of mexico. If that happened...we'd be done and thats that. ALSO...this same electricity outage can be caused by a solar flare.
Tom Brown's Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants (Field Guide)
For untold thousands of years, human beings have thrived on the nutritional and medicinal wealth of the plant life in the natural world. In these fascinating, wide-ranging, wonderfully informative stories, Tom Brown--director of the world-famous Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School--tells all about the uncommon benefits of the common trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants we find all around us. This indispensible guide includes information on: How to use every part of the plant--leaves, flowers, bark, bulbs, and roots
Where to find useful plants, and the best time of the year and stages of growth to harvest them
How to prepare delicious food dishes, soups, breads and teas from the riches of the great outdoors
An incredible range of experience-proven medicinal uses to treat headaches, burns, digestive disorders, skin problems, and a host of other maladies
A good mapsco book is a must as well as a complete repair manual for any vehicles firearms and or equipment you might own ..... Another fun bit of reading which is also full of useful information is the us army zombie combat skills lol its actually full of excellent water and food procurement essentials as well as defense and shelter and it keeps you interested
There are SO many more I'd like to have in our historically accurate library, but this is a good start. We're adding them to our current (small) collection: Original Intent and The Second Amendment also by Barton.
This man is an amazing resource for the truth behind the founding our our Nation!