The Urban Hermit: A Memoir [NOOK Book]

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Faced with the truth that his debts and his waistline had both ballooned out of control, Sam MacDonald devised a plan to change his life.

When Sam graduated from Yale in 1995, he watched a classmate make inroads as a head-office guy in professional baseball, another become a day-trading millionaire, and another develop connections at the Playboy Mansion. Struggling to make ends meet, he shrugged his shoulders at their success and raised a tall...

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The Urban Hermit: A Memoir

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Overview


Faced with the truth that his debts and his waistline had both ballooned out of control, Sam MacDonald devised a plan to change his life.

When Sam graduated from Yale in 1995, he watched a classmate make inroads as a head-office guy in professional baseball, another become a day-trading millionaire, and another develop connections at the Playboy Mansion. Struggling to make ends meet, he shrugged his shoulders at their success and raised a tall one to them.

It wasn't until April 2000 that Sam got his wake-up call. He weighed 340 lbs. He was flat broke. And the IRS had caught up with him.

In a desperate attempt to save himself, Sam decided to limit himself to a budget of $8 a week and 800 calories a day. He called it "The Urban Hermit Plan."

He thought he would do it for a month. Instead, he embarked on a bizarre year-long journey. He lost 160 pounds in the process, befriended rent-dodging trailer-park denizens, flew to Bosnia on assignment, traveled to a peace festival in a hippie van, had a run-in with Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard, and met the woman who would later become his wife.

The Urban Hermit is a wildly hilarious story about backwoods living, as told by a man who should have known better.

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Editorial Reviews

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"If you're thinking about tightening your belt, the charming Hermit just might get you started."—Danielle Trussoni, People

"MacDonald's 'Fat Bastard' persona is one we can all recognize . . .but the scheme he concocted to kill said bastard is uniquely his own and the life he lived through the ordeal is as unbelievable as it sounds."M. J. Stephey, Time.com

"MacDonald is an oddly endearing character."—Barbara Fisher, The Boston Globe

"A fast-paced, funny tale . . . MacDonald's blameless tone is refreshing. . . . A relatable, nonsensational tale of an everylad who turns his schmucky life around, Walden Pond-style. . . It's an inspirational read, though, and MacDonald made a likeable hermit not a bit crabby."—Bradley Lincoln, Playboy

"Good stuff: vivid, gritty . . . It's hard not to look at the results and wonder if we couldn’t take a page from this book."—Erika Schickel, Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429982771
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 741,768
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Sam MacDonald graduated from Yale University in 1995. He teaches Creative Nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh.
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