"My mother is a compulsive hoarder. She's one of those people who dies because the firemen couldn't get through the piles of newspapers and clothes and books and shoes and garbage, whose jungle-like lawn makes the whole block look shoddier, whose friends and neighbors are shocked when they finally see the house's interior: They had no idea their friend/daughter/nurse/teacher lived that way. They had no idea anyone could live that way," writes Sholl in her compelling, compassionate memoir about her mother's struggle with hoarding.
DIY convert Woginrich, a web designer, decided to change her life by becoming more self-sufficient. In this joyful memoir meets lifestyle guide, she details how she learned to produce her own food, make her own clothing and ultimately live a simpler, more fulfilling life.
In this honest, at times unfathomable memoir, Beaven convinces his wife, "a Marc Jacobs white Stella handbag girl" and young daughter to live one year without making an impact on the environment. Translation: no trash, no driving or flying, no laundry detergent, no imported produce, no TV, no air conditioning....no toilet paper.
Living off-grid, "beyond the reach of power cables and water lines that intersect the modern world," is the subject of Rosen's intriguing investigation into the lives of people (aging hippies, a middle-aged couple, former executives) who choose to live with less.
Schor describes her insightful, fascinating book about why we spend as a treatise on" "why so many middle-class Americans feel materially dissatisfied. Why they walk around with ever-present mental "wish lists" of things to buy or get. How even a six-figure income can seem inadequate, and why this country saves less than virtually any other nation in the world."
To illustrate the perils of overconsumption, Leonard shares intrepid tales about sneaking into dumps and factories around the world; chronicles the lives of Congolese kids working in deadly mines; and points out the many ways our "stuff" is harming our health and well being.
'Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things' by Gail Steketee, Ph.D. and Randy Frost, Ph.D.
In this comprehensive, engaging look at hoarding, a phenomenon that has only recently gained visibility, Steketee and Frost reveal what it's like to feel a strong attachment to every possession you own and shed light on a disorder that effects millions.
"Picture a world from which we all suddenly vanished. Tomorrow," writes Weisman in this riveting book of science meets speculation about a world without humans. "Could nature ever obliterate all our traces? How would it undo our monumental cities and public works, and reduce our myriad plastics and toxic synthetics back to benign, basic elements? Or are some so unnatural that they're indestructible?" This is a fascinating, sometimes frighteningly imagined glimpse into the future.
One of the first books on sustainability, Voluntary Simplicity, a visionary work when it was published in 1981, was recently reissued to match the growing interest in solar living, healthy cooking and organic gardening. "Over the decades," writes Elgin, "simplicity is increasingly being defined by what it is for (connecting with and caring for life) instead of what it is against (destructive consumerism."
Believe it or not, going green is about living less expensively. Here, Rogers includes hundreds of "habit-shifting" suggestions—switch to an ultra-low-flow showerhead, pack waste-free school lunches—to help you save money and live simply.