Enjoyable but a little dated. A little too much political activity in it for my taste. I've read this at least 3 times because me & a friend recently recycled & threw out 10 years worth of my stuff. Now I only buy things when I run out of them.
Could you live for a year without shopping, new clothes, new CDs, new things for your house or car, seeing a movie or going to a concert? Obviously you have to buy food and things like soap and shampoo. What do you do about airline tickets or gifts? Where do you draw the line? Read Not Buying It and find out how the author and her husband managed for a year – a year without shopping.
I thought this was a great personal story. Levine wasn't preaching, she was just trying to figure out where she fit as an American consumer and as an American citizen. Very thoughtfully written, and in particular the last few days of December that she wrote about were very moving and insightful.
I was a little frustrated by the lack of strict rules for consumption. Like the person below said, they had some issues defining what was necessary and what was an exception to the rule, but I think that reflects society in terms of consumption; deciding how much is enough.
Good read, but too much talk, not enough action.
They didn't go without shopping. They bought all the extras (including lawn ornaments) Dec. 31, quit shopping on Jan 1, ran out of extras (wine) by June, began to break the rules in fall, and dragged themselves and their three cars back to reality one year later. What did they learn? I learned almost nothing. Try Scott Nearing or Henry David Thoreau.
This book was featured on Oprah. Excellent
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