The Quality of Life Report: A Novel

The Quality of Life Report: A Novel


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ISBN-13: 9781477313008
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 832,604
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Meghan Daum is an opinion columnist covering cultural and political topics for the Los Angeles Times, who also writes the Egos column for the New York Times Book Review. She is the author of three other books: The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction; My Misspent Youth: Essays; and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House. She also edited the New York Times best-seller Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Open Arms, Open Minds
  • Alternative Lifestyle Alert
  • A Serious, More Humanitarian Direction
  • The Lay of the Land
  • A Sociocultural Analysis of the Margin of Error
  • Rode Hard and Put Away Wet
  • How to Throw a Barn Dance for Under $300
  • The Hidden Benefits of Tanning
  • Today’s Word Is Glamoricious
  • The Guy in the Clouds
  • Embrace, Empathize, Empower
  • The Margin Widens
  • One Year Later
  • Acknowledgments
  • An Interview with Meghan Daum
  • A Note on the Author

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The Quality of Life Report 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I found it for ten cents at a library book sale, and immediately felt drawn to it from the back cover. I actually have made the opposite change from Lucinda Trout. I moved from a 500 person town to a regular sized suburb, and I long to return to my old life. I agree with the previous reviews in that Daum's writing is sometimes hard to understand. Her sentences can get too long and involve far too many different subjects, and at some points it becomes necessary to go back a few sentences to figure it out. Otherwise, I found this book to be charming and heartwarming as Lucinda searches for herself and peace of mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it, especially because I too have been regularly contemplating giving up hectic city life for a simpler alternative. I don't think middle America is my speed, but it did help me formulate my thoughts on how I might go about achieving Lucinda's goal of giving up city life in favor of small town America. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very interested in the book when I read the jacket. When I started reading it however, my opinion changed. I couldnt put it down as I felt guilty for buying it. There were times when I had to go back in the previous pages to find out what the author was talking about. It also seemed to be very choppy writing, where in one page, the language seemed very natural, and the next would be totally different. Although I normally keep all books I read, I will be passing this one on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a good (somewhat fluffy) read. I thought that Lucinda was relatable and sympathetic, and Mason was well developed. However, the peripheral characters were somewhat flat. Particularly, Lucinda's Prairie City friends, who make several appearances in the book but are never really developed. The story was a good one, at the start of the book I was ready to pack my things and move to the Midwest, by the end I was smiling at both Lucinda¿s and my naiveté.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Quality of Life Report is a book with potential, but I found myself wanting to finish it out of boredom. I felt the characters were flat and I pictured Mason as a great big monkey rather than an actual person. The novel was frustrating for me because it had a good storyline, but lacked in character and wit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! A must-have book for anyone who has ever considered the pursuit of a more simple life. Daum really has a way with words. Although the book is a little slow at times, it leaves you dying to find out what's going to happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of genuine emotion and really pulled me in from the very beginning. I found myself laughing out loud at times while reading this book. The main character, Lucinda, was written so well--she was witty, smart and I found myself wishing I knew this person. It's the perfect summer read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Summer's not even half over so if you're looking for some books to take to the beach, add this one to your list. The Quality of Life Report is a fun, witty book by an author with a crisp, easy to read writing style. I especially recommend the book to young, single, urban professionals (or those who used to be) who occasionally wonder what it would be like to leave their hectic lives behind for something simpler. Lucinda discovers that you don't always find what you expect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and highly enjoyable. Anyone who has ever dreamed of a change in their 'quality of life,' or actually taken the plunge to achieve a better quality of life will be able to relate. Funny, wry, thought provoking - all around a lot of fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a native Californian who just recently moved to the Midwest I just about burst a seam while reading The Quality of Life Report! Lucinda's (the main character) challenges with adjusting to Midwest values and somewhat slower pace are recounted in a wry and sometimes painfully honest voice that will stike a resonate with anyone who has ever been brave enough to leave their comfort zone. This novel is a quick, easy and hilarious read for any season. I highly recommend that you buy a copy for yourself and all of your girlfriends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great!! It made me laugh and she writes so that you feel like you are experiencing it along with her. I highly recommend this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading The Quality of Life Report. It'll have you laughing and thinking. Meghan Daum has created a perfect voice for Lucinda Trout. Great summer reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a week, and with a 6month old at home I find that a great feat!!! I found myself looking forward to bedtime (and not to sleep for a change!) so I could put the baby to bed and read. This was a fun, quirky book. Gave me the opportunity to escape my life and jump into one that is more crazy than my own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found myself cheering for Lucinda. This is a great, uplifting story, where you really care for the protagonist. It's laugh-out-loud funny in places and so easy to read. I couldn't put it down.