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- Frank Levering and Wanda Urbanska -- The host of Escape from Affluenza!
Simple Living: One Couple’s 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
Stuff
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.

- Cecile Andrews
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.

- Calvin DeWitt
Earth-Wise
Kalamazoo, Michigan, CRC Publications, 1994


A look at the relationship between living simply and taking care of the environment from a theological perspective.



ALSO RECOMMENDED

- 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 Shi’s history of simple living in America, from which many of the points in the history section of Escape from Affluenza were drawn. Larry Roth’s 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.

- Janet Luhrs
The Simple Living Guide
New York, Broadway Books, 1997


By the editor of Simple Living quarterly. Helpful suggestions covering all aspects of daily life.

- Juliet Schor
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
Downer’s 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).

- Linda Kelley
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 Brown’s losing his job (in Escape from Affluenza).

- Robert Theobald
Reworking Success
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.

- Paul Hawken
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.

- David Wann
Deep Design
Covelo, California, Island Press, 1996


Well-written, accessible look at ways to redesign our technologies and consumption patterns to make them more Earth-friendly.

- David Walsh
Selling Out America’s Children
Minneapolis, Fairview Press, 1995


A prominent child psychologist explains why he who gets the most toys doesn’t 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.

- Janet Bodnar
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 Bodnar’s Dr. Tightwad’s Money-Smart Kids.

- Richard Londgren
Tips from the Great Depression
Tacoma, Washington, Krona Press, 1998.


Humorous hints for simple living.

- Jonni McCoy
Miserly Moms
Elkton, Maryland, Full Quart Press, 1996.


Helpful tips for “living on one income in a two-income economy.”

- James Steamer
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.

- David Myers
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 living—good ones, too.

- Ernest Callenbach
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.

- Andy Dappen
Cheap Tricks.
Brier Books, 1993


Hundreds of Ways to Save Thousands of Dollars is the subtitle of this book, and it’s true to that promise. Includes a very useful appendix of mail-order houses.



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