Not Buying it: My Year without ShoppingPaperback
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- Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 286 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 18mm | 178g
- Publication date: 2 January 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1416526838
- ISBN 13: 9781416526834
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 143,735
Many of us have tried to call a halt to our spending at one time or another. But what if we decided not to buy anything for a whole year? Obviously, we would need necessities like food and soap, but how would be manage without new clothes, treats, entertainment? Funny, smart and self-deprecating, Not Buying It is a close look at our society's obsession with shopping and the cold turkey confession of a woman we can all identify with - someone who can't live without French roast coffee and expensive wool socks, but who has had enough of spending money for the sake of it. Without consumer goods and experiences, Levine and her partner Paul pursue their careers, nurture family relationships and try to keep their sanity and humour intact. Tracking their progress and lapses, she contemplates the meanings of need and desire, scarcity and security, consumerism and citizenship. She asks the big questions - can the economy survive without shopping? Are Q-tips a necessity? A thought-provoking account of the pleasures and perils of the purchase-driven life, Not Buying It will get readers talking about their reliance on the act of buying and the possibility of getting off the merry-go-round.
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"Sharp and witty.... honest and humorous.... By thinking harder about how it would feel to consume less, we might just make ourselves -- and out planet -- a lot better."-- "The Christian Science Monitor"