Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping

February 27, 2007|
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine
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Shocked by the commerce in everything from pet cloning to patriotism, frightened by the downward spiral of her finances and that of the trash-strewn earth, Judith Levine enlists her partner, Paul, in a radical experiment: to forgo all but the most necessary purchases for an entire year.

Without consumer goods and experiences, Judith and Paul pursue their careers, nurture relationships, and try to keep their sanity, their identities, and their sense of humor intact. Tracking their progress -- and inevitable lapses -- Levine contemplates need and desire, scarcity and security, consumerism and citizenship. She asks the Big Questions: Can the economy survive without shopping? Are Q-tips necessary?

Not Buying It is the confession of a woman any reader can identify with: someone who can''t live without French roast coffee or SmartWool socks but who has had it up to here with overconsumption and its effects on the earth and everyone who dwells there.

For the humor and intelligence of its insights, the refreshment of its skepticism, and the surprises of its conclusions, Not Buying It is sure to be on anyone''s list of Necessities.
Judith Levine''s work explores the ways history, culture, and politics express themselves in intimate life. She is the writer of scores of articles for national magazines and four books, including Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Levine lives in Brooklyn, New Yor...
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Title:Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:288 pages, 8.44 X 5.5 X 0.8 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 8.44 X 5.5 X 0.8 in
Published:February 27, 2007
Publisher:Atria Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780743269360

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