Mentioned in the program (or written by characters in the program)
Frank Levering and Wanda Urbanska -- The host of Escape from Affluenza!
Simple Living: One Couples Search for a Better Life
New York, Viking, 1992.
The host of Escape from Affluenza and her husband tell how they left the fast lane in Los Angeles to run a family orchard in rural Virginia. Levering and Urbanska also are the authors of Moving to a Small Town.
John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning
Seattle, Northwest Environment Watch, 1997
In Escape from Affluenza, Durning describes the ecological wake resulting from his morning cup of coffee. In this book, he and John Ryan expand the analysis to other everyday products. Durning also is the author of the excellent book, How Much Is Enough? (see Affluenza Web site).
Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
Your Money or Your Life
New York, Viking, 1992
This bestseller is the book used by David Galvin and his study group to simplify their lives. Filled with useful frugality tips.
The Circle of Simplicity
New York, HarperCollins, 1997
This is an excellent guide to beginning your own study circles, written by the founder of the voluntary simplicity study-circle movement.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, CRC Publications, 1994
A look at the relationship between living simply and taking care of the environment from a theological perspective.
Larry Roth (ed.)
The Simple Life
New York, Berkeley Books, 1998
By the editor of the Living Cheap newsletter. This excellent collection of tips and stories by experts on frugality and simplicity should not be confused with another book that has a similar title, David Shis history of simple living in America, from which many of the points in the history section of Escape from Affluenza were drawn. Larry Roths new book has a terrific resource section. Also see his book, The Best of the Living Cheap News, which also has a great resource section, including many books not mentioned here.
David Shi (ed.)
In Search of the Simple Life.
Salt Lake City, Peregrine Smith Books, 1986
A fascinating collection of historical writings on simplicity and a source for much of the information in the history section of Affluenza.
The Simple Living Guide
New York, Broadway Books, 1997
By the editor of Simple Living quarterly. Helpful suggestions covering all aspects of daily life.
The Overspent American
New York, Basic Books, 1998
This analytical but accessible analysis of the pitfalls and pressures inherent in the consumer society is expected to hit book stores in June 1998. Schor, a Harvard economist, also is the author of the excellent bestseller, The Overworked American.
Jacqueline Blix and David Heitmiller
Getting a Life
New York, Viking, 1997
A Seattle couple explains how they changed their lives using the nine-step frugality program outlined in Your Money or Your Life.
Rodney Clapp (ed.)
The Consuming Passion
Downers Grove, Illinois, InterVarsity Press, 1998
Excellent essays exploring the problems of consumer society from a Judeo-Christian viewpoint. Highly recommended for church study groups.
Elaine St. James
Simplify Your Life
New York, Hyperion, 1994
Subtitled 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter, this bestseller contains useful everyday tips for living more simply. St. James also is the author of the equally useful Simplify Your Life with Kids (Kansas, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1997).
Two Incomes and Still Broke
New York, Times Books, 1996
Tips for living successfully on one income per family instead of two.
The New York Times
The Downsizing of America
New York, Times Books, 1996
Shows the pattern of corporate layoffs that led to Fred Browns losing his job (in Escape from Affluenza).
Canada, New Society Publishers, 1997
One of the most visionary thinkers of the 20th century explores the burdens of consumer society and offers hopeful alternatives for the future.
James Medoff and Andrew Harless
The Indebted Society
Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1996
How Americans increasing indebtedness may lead to economic disaster.
The Ecology of Commerce
New York, HarperCollins, 1993
A close examination of the dangers our current economic patterns pose to the planet and suggestions for making the market system more environmentally sustainable. Written by a successful businessman. Hawken is now a leader of The Natural Step, a movement to make corporations responsible for the environmental impacts of their production processes from the cradle to the grave.
Covelo, California, Island Press, 1996
Well-written, accessible look at ways to redesign our technologies and consumption patterns to make them more Earth-friendly.
Selling Out Americas Children
Minneapolis, Fairview Press, 1995
A prominent child psychologist explains why he who gets the most toys doesnt win, and what parents can do to protect their children from marketing pressures.
Thomas Naylor, William Willimon and Rolf Osterberg
The Search for Meaning in the Workplace
Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1996
What individuals and businesses can do to make work more meaningful and life-enhancing. Naylor and Willimon also are the authors of the fascinating book, Downsizing the USA.
Mom, Can I Have That?
Washington D.C., Kiplinger Books, 1996
A highly readable guide to teaching children about money matters by the author of Ask Dr. Tightwad, a New York Times syndicated column. Also see Bodnars Dr. Tightwads Money-Smart Kids.
Tips from the Great Depression
Tacoma, Washington, Krona Press, 1998.
Humorous hints for simple living.
Elkton, Maryland, Full Quart Press, 1996.
Helpful tips for living on one income in a two-income economy.
Wealth on Minimal Wage
Chicago, Dearborn Financial Press, 1997
Shows how Steamer and his wife lived well on $20,000 a year and look forward to retiring at 50.
The Pursuit of Happiness.
New York, Avon Books, 1992
An excellent and thorough review of the evidence that happiness does not come from what one has.
Goldian Vandenbroeck (ed.)
Less Is More
Rochester, Vermont, Inner Traditions International, 1991
More historical quotations than you ever thought possible about simple livinggood ones, too.
Living Cheaply with Style
Berkeley, California. Ronin Publishing, 1993
Good ideas for cutting costs while increasing enjoyment by the author of the terrific utopian novel, Ecotopia.
Hope Dlugozima, James Scott and David Sharp
Six Months Off
New York, Henry Holt, 1996
Information on how to take sabbaticals throughout your working life to recharge your batteries and reassess your life, without losing your job.
Brier Books, 1993
Hundreds of Ways to Save Thousands of Dollars is the subtitle of this book, and its true to that promise. Includes a very useful appendix of mail-order houses.