Saved: How I quit worrying about money and became the richest guy in the world

Saved: How I quit worrying about money and became the richest guy in the world

by Ben Hewitt
     
 

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When Ben Hewitt met Erik Gillard, he was amazed. Here was a real-life rebel living happily and comfortably in small-town Vermont on less than $10,000 per year. Gillard's no bum. He has a job, a girlfriend, good friends, and strong ties to the community. But how he lives his life--and why--launches Hewitt on a quest to understand the true role of money and mindless

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When Ben Hewitt met Erik Gillard, he was amazed. Here was a real-life rebel living happily and comfortably in small-town Vermont on less than $10,000 per year. Gillard's no bum. He has a job, a girlfriend, good friends, and strong ties to the community. But how he lives his life--and why--launches Hewitt on a quest to understand the true role of money and mindless consumerism in our lives. By meeting and befriending people like Erik Gillard, Hewitt realized that their happiness was real. What was he--and the rest of a deeply unhappy population--missing?

Saved is the humorous, surprising, and ultimately life-changing result of Hewitt's quest, a narrative that challenges everything we know about the meaning of money. Hewitt uses his sharp eye for story, exhaustive reporting, and his own experience living below his means to bring what he learned into an even larger context. How does money really work? How can a bankrupt society move forward? The answers are not what you think, and Hewitt has written an important book for our times.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hewitt expands on previous writing about food (Making Supper Safe: One Man’s Quest to Learn the Truth About Food Safety) to provide sustenance for the mind and soul in this energetic and challenging examination of how we live and what we live for. A self-employed writer in northern Vermont, Hewitt comes to see his self-reliant friend Erik Gillard as a foil to the destructive pursuit of monetary, hence illusory, riches. Crisp, vivid descriptions of the two mushroom gathering, visiting an old sugarhouse, and building cabin steps display the practical skills that Hewitt endorses, and evoke Thoreau’s precise depictions of nature. Despite his doubts and misgivings, for Hewitt the ultimate significance of the individual example is to blaze a trail to communal changes. However the reader chooses to regard Hewitt’s acquired insights, his presentation of a conscious alternative to the life of quiet desperation is inspiring. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency Inc. (June)
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“Thought-provoking new views on transforming our relationship with currency.” —Kirkus

“Thought-provoking…[Hewitt's] a terrific writer – clear, funny, observant, even poetic…Saved made me laugh and think.” —NEW HAMPSHIRE CONCORD MONITOR

Kirkus Reviews
How one man changed his views about money. Tired of spending more time than he wanted in pursuit of money, Hewitt (The Town that Food Saved, 2010, etc.) decided to investigate why so many hours are used on this seemingly endless cycle. That's when he discovered Erik Gillard, a man surviving, even thriving, below the poverty level, perfectly content living simply in a small town in Vermont. Sure, he had no cellphone, computer, iPod or iPad. He borrowed vehicles and lived in a less-than-100-square-foot house, with no electricity or running water. And yet, Hewitt was intrigued because Gillard was happy, had plenty of friends, a job, a girlfriend and strong ties within the community. He also had time to spend the day hunting for morels or skiing through the woods--time to just be. Blending pleasing prose about his natural surroundings with an in-depth and understandable analysis of the American monetary and economic systems, Hewitt provides readers much food for thought. The need for things has created environmental problems around the world, and society has become consumer-oriented with tangible objects--such as a house or car, purchased with paper and plastic--items that only hold value because of the faith placed in them. "I find myself working more to earn for no other reason than to accumulate," he writes, "to strengthen my so-called safety net, even as doing so pulls me out of the flow of my life and into the choppy current of money." What does it really matter when all is said and done? "The manner in which you pass your time is the manner in which you pass your life," he writes. "How, then, do you want to live?" Thought-provoking new views on transforming our relationships with currency.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609614096
Publisher:
Rodale
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
858,987
File size:
979 KB

Meet the Author

BEN HEWITT is the bestselling author of The Town That Food Saved and Making Supper Safe. His work has appeared in Wired, The New York Times Magazine, Men's Journal, Bicycling, and others. He lives in Cabot, VT.

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