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Give It Up!: My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    Gives you something to think about

    The author's vices may not match mine but her message boils down to a universal one--couldn't we all do better with a little less of 'something' in our lives? Written with wit, the author's tales had me smiling while at the same time pondering how I could apply similar principles to my own lifestyle. Give It Up! may be a quick read but its impression lingers long after you close the cover.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2006

    Take a vacation from your everyday rut!

    As a fellow city-dwelling, multi-tasking overachiever with a fast-paced life and a long to-do list, I related to this book on so many levels. While Mary Carlomagno describes her resolution-of-the-month plan to make small, positive changes in her life, this book is less about how to lose 10 pounds or kick the coffee habit than it is about how to live on purpose, in the moment. It describes how to find true joy by breaking out of old routines and rediscovering what you truly love, and in the process, who you really are (or want to be). I found her experiences reminiscent of how I often feel on vacation - like a better, more relaxed, more aware and alert version of myself. This book provides ideas to vacation from your everyday life into a hyper-aware state by making changes that hit you at your core (and show you what you're made of). As I read it I was already formulating my own plan of what to give up, what to change, what to make time for... A must-read for anyone trying to simplify their life, break away from the distractions and routines that often lead us into a life we did not choose (or didn't realize we did), and minimize the pressures to keep up that so often accompany our western lifestyle.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    Wonderfully conversational and thought-provoking

    Mary Carlomagno's account of her year of giving up things for a month at a time will make you rethink some of your own vices and questionable habits. She takes you on a journey and you feel all the bumps and triumphs with her. It prompts you to ask yourself, how would I handle a month without coffee (or shopping or elevators ...)? What would I learn about myself? It is a book about appreciating what we have, maybe even treasuring it a whole lot more. I recommend it highly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    Great Fun, Good Message

    Mary Carlomagno is witty, smart and honest about her ¿city girl¿ vices and what happens when she lets them go. I really enjoyed her sense of humor and the lessons she learned from ¿living better with less.¿ I recommend this book to anyone interested in a different take on self-help, and a simple blueprint for changing your daily life. I think Mary¿s strongest message is that when you clear out the unnecessary habits and vices from your life (and we all have them), you make room for a much simpler and more fulfilled daily existence. What a great message for our over-scheduled, media-saturated, super-sized-everything world.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    Give It up! My year of living with less because I can't afford more.

    Giving up TV, shopping, phones, eating out...is it possible? Not just one a month, but all together, cold turkey? These are just some of the benefits of living and working on Long Island, where cable TV costs more than a car payment and sales and gas taxes require multi-person income in the six figures. While 'giving it up' out of choice may be a glamorous learning experience, 'giving it up' out of need seems to put a pall on the experience. The only thing I have given up is The New York Times, and I did that when Bush was elected - living without reading about him was definitely an up-lifting experience!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    The perfect kickstart to making life changes

    Making resolutions for a whole year is a doomed notion. Instead, why not take Mary Carlomagno's advice and try on a new habit (or drop an old one) for a month at a time. Much more palatable, as is Ms. Carlomagno's conversational style and anecdotes, which make the book seem less like 'yet another' self-help guide and a more like a great leisurely lunch over a glass of wine with a great friend!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    Hilarious

    Give It Up is the perfect gift for both you and your best friend - you'll need to talk about whether or not you could give up drink, chocolate, or your cell phone with someone¿. someone who will appreciate deprivation driven mood swings as well as the self-enlightenment that follows. Mary's journey is one you'll want to chat about and if you too were a child in the 70's, which meant a teenager in the 80's, the cultural references must be relived with someone who was there as it is just too embarrassing to think of the height of your hair alone. Lastly, please be forewarned this book will make you Laugh Out Loud, even if you are on a very quiet bus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 20, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    Keep it real and simplel! It's real simple.

    This book is a short read packed with so much meaning. It inspired me! I now know I can live my life according to my rules and not those created through our day to day habits imposed by social circles and norms. Individuality, self control, and true introspection are the keys to opening the doors to freedom and emabarking on a new journey of simplicity and clarity.

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