Simple Living: One Couple's Search for a Better Life

Simple Living: One Couple's Search for a Better Life

by Wanda Urbanska

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Simple Living: One Couple's Search for a Better Life by Wanda Urbanska, Frank Levering

Originally published in 1992, long before "simple living" became a hot marketing trend, this groundbreaking work eloquently makes the case for a simpler, less stressful life. Told by Frank Levering and Wanda Urbanska, a literary couple who met as students at Harvard and moved from the fast lane in Los Angeles to take over a family orchard in southwestern Virginia, <i>Simple Living</i> is the story of their decision to put more meaning into their lives while eliminating unnecessary debt and superfluous consumption, as well as lessening their environmental footprint. Levering and Urbanska have written what many have hailed as a classic in the field: a personal yet grittily realistic memoir about their quest for more meaningful values in a consumer-driven society. Theirs is an honest account of what it means to live not outside the system but within it while at the same time claiming one's own values. While simple living has many definitions, Levering and Urbanska identify its focus as environmental stewardship, thoughtful consumption, community activism, and financial responsibility. Drawing on case studies of others throughout the country who are choosing to simplify, <i>Simple Living</i> suggests ways that you can simplify your life, not by any 10-step plan but by taking measures that make sense for you.

As relevant today as when it was first published, Simple Living is reprinted here with a new preface by the authors and a foreword by Millard and Linda Fuller, founders of Habitat for Humanity International.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016298917
Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date: 03/14/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 267
Sales rank: 1,151,196
File size: 832 KB

About the Author

Wanda Urbanska was a journalist and Frank Levering a screenwriter in their West Coast lives. They had all the trappings of life in the fast lane, yet they found themselves wanting more, even though the psychic cost was killing them. Those “wants” were the first to go when Wanda and Frank decided to give it all up to run a family orchard in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Orchard Gap, Virginia. They are both authors and producers of the PBS television series, Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska. They have appeared on Oprah, CBS This Morning, the Today show, and NPR’s All Things Considered. They’ve been featured in USA Today, Redbook, Family Circle, and Glamour.

Wanda is the author of seven books, including the forthcoming anthology, Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet. The Oprah Magazine recently identified her as "the de facto Martha Stewart of the voluntary simplicity movement." She has published in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Rotarian, and American Libraries, among others. A graduate of Harvard University, Wanda makes her home in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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