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Not Buying It: My Year without Shopping

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

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    The book chronicles one year of the writers life - a year during which she makes a conscious choice not to buy anything but necessities. It is not a book for people looking for how to live on less. It is a deep look at our credit card consumer driven society. It can be painful to really look. She presents painful things. It hurts to see our lives caught up in the buy, buy, buy cycle. She presents a snapshot and then goes deeper. I was inspired and far from disgusted. This is a book for questioning, thinking and conversation. I'd highly recommend it. Read with an open mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2007

    Wow is she angry

    This felt like sitting through an angry, liberal, coffee house tirade against American consumerism. I kept waiting for the tone of the book to change to a more upbeat discussion about living with less but it never did. So much anger, so little constructive discussion. I was doubly disappointed since this was the only book I brought along on a long weekend. Ellie Kay writes far more enjoyable books on living on less.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2007

    Critical Thinking on Consumerism

    I got this book from the library as I own way too much stuff. The author is critical of American spending habits, namely because she is American and had poor spending habits. She examines both ends of the spectrum from consumerism to anti-consumerism. It was my impression that both extremes did not sit well with her. Overall I appreciated the depth of critical thinking and attention to the conscience of the consumer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007


    I read this book all the way through and ended with a sense of awareness of how our culture is geared towards consumerism. We are bombarded with tv, advertising, etc to make us think we NEED to have so much, when we are just wanting it. After reading about the author's year long journey of not buying, I was inspired to try and simplify my own habits. I highly recommend this book if you ever have thought that you would just die without the latest 'it' shoes, purse, or outfit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    Another Ex-Hippy Bemoaning Life in the United States

    I wouldn't have given this book even one star if there had been zero. Most of this book is spent complaining about Americans being selfish, greedy, and materialistic and then blames the Republicans for every ill in our society. What does the war in Iraq have to do with spending a year not shopping? This book was so horribly boring and insulting to me as an American citizen that I couldn't finish it. Don't waste your money on this book unless you're a liberal and/or enjoy reading someone bash America and Americans. If you're looking to scale down or simplify your life, I'd recommend Elaine St. James' books.

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