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Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Fields Millburn , Ryan Nicodemus
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Book Description

What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn’t anymore.

Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism…and everything started to change.

That was four years ago. Since, Millburn, now 32, has embraced simplicity. In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career.

So, when everything was gone, what was left? Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.

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Praise for The Minimalists
"Like Henry David Thoreau, but with Wi-Fi." --Boston Globe
"Paring down, branching out." --Chicago Tribune
"A better life, by having fewer possessions." --Seattle Times
"Minimalism has brought happiness to [these] two former executives." --Vancouver Sun
"They just might give you a hug." --Dayton Daily News
"Regaining control by limiting consumption and living more meaningful lives." --Forbes
"The best way to find happiness is to get rid of almost everything." --CBS This Morning
"Perhaps it's a good time to sit back and look at how we can all live with less." --USA Today
"Less has become so much more ... Let's call it minimalism+." --Elle Canada
"Minimalists make the most of living with very little." --Chicago Sun-Times
"The path to a richer, if less cluttered, life." --Globe & Mail 
"Frugality so satisfying." --Wall Street Journal 
"Passionate about helping people." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Minimalists maximize lives by letting go selectively." --Austin American-Statesman
"Meet Generation M." --Toronto Star
"By getting rid of everything they don't need, [The Minimalists] concentrate on the things in life that are truly important to them." --Missoulian
"Free up more time for your family and ultimately simplify your life." --Colorado Parent Magazine 
"Living a better life...with less stuff." --National Post
"How to have it all, with less." --Huffington Post 
"Helping us end our obsession with stuff." --LA Weekly

About the Author

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have garnered an audience of more than 2 million readers at, where they write about living a meaningful life with less stuff. They are the bestselling authors of five books and have spoken at Harvard Business School, SXSW, World Domination Summit, TEDx, and many other organizations, schools, and conferences. They write and speak about a wide array of topics, from simple living and pursuing your passion, to health, relationships, writing, publishing, social media, personal growth, and contribution. 
Joshua and Ryan left their six-figure corporate careers at age 30 and went on to become well-known authors and speakers. The Minimalists has been featured on CBS This Morning, ABC, NBC, FOX, NPR, CBC Radio, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Elle Canada,Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Austin American-Statesman, Seattle Times,Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, National Post, LA Weekly, Zen Habits, and various other outlets. 
Both born in 1981, they live in Missoula, Montana, by way of Dayton, Ohio.

Product Details

  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 2nd edition (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HGJ9D6K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey to Abundance January 3, 2014
Everything That Remains is an eye opening experience into Joshua Fields Millburns journey into minimalism. JFM shares the raw details from the initial contamination of materialism in his early years to the full spread of the disease of materialism during the height of his corporate career. After JFM encounters two major life events, he reevaluates his quality of life and seeks to find fulfillment with living with less: less money, less things, less stress. JFM's minimalism movement spreads like a wild fire to his best friend and both ignite a blog to share their enlightenment and documentation of their journey. These guys on fire with passion spreading their ideas to millions around the world.

I have to admit, midway through reading Everything That Remains, I stopped to clean out my kitchen, closets, and bedroom to remove all the junk in my home that was holding me back, physically and emotionally. The detachment of these objects felt liberating and offered a tiny glimpse into the world JFM and Ryan live every day.

I love how the book leaves room for the reader to extract their own interpretation to apply to their life.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does not disappoint January 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'll admit, I'm already a huge fan of The Minimalists. I approached this new book with caution though, wary that it might just be going over already-familiar ground.

Thankfully, I was wrong. This beautifully written memoir offers insight into the lives of Joshua and Ryan that we haven't been privvy to before. Joshua takes the reins, describing his growing dissatisfaction with his corporate life and the painful life events that forced him to examine his worldview. As he delves deeper into a minimalist lifestyle Ryan, his best friend, frequently appears both in the narrative and with his often cheeky interruptions. Peppered with wisdom, readers following this journey will feel empowered to make real change in their lives. Yes, it's scary. But yes, it can be done.

This is a book for fans and new readers alike.
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101 of 119 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, but not great January 12, 2014
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A journey that more should take, January 12, 2014
By Norma J. Sassone "Norma J" (Olympia WA)

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I recently happened upon the Minimalists mentioned in a Houzz chat, while reading the trials and tribulations many have in downsizing when they retire or clearing out half a century of stuff left by parents who have died. I have struggled with this with my Mom who is very sentimental about many of her things. I am a baby boomer who never fell for all the materialistic life, have always paid cash for EVERYTHING (no credit card debt cars for cash), have saved, bought second hand, and culled out tons of stuff from my abode on a regular basis, so Millburn's ideas are really nothing new to many of us who never fell for the consumer addiction (and there ARE many of us out here). Though I have lived life simply, I somehow never have felt the need to flaunt it to others, travel the world talking about it, or start a blog. Maybe it is because my family taught us to value togetherness, the simple things in life, growing our own food, going for walks, traveling on the cheap, and pretty much detesting the wealthy and ostentatious, even though we lived a comfortable middle class life. Thus, we simply lived that life and never thought about.

That said,I really liked what Millburn has to say about his journey and its ultimate destination, but it bothers me just a bit that he and his friend Ryan have parlayed this into a way to make money by blogging and publishing, though I suppose all those of their generation might need to hear it since they have been incessantly bombarded with corporate, materialistic, consumerism since birth.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Author's writing style chokes out his message March 5, 2014
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After reading some of the high ratings here, I bought "Everything That Remains" and enthusiastically awaited its arrival. What a disappointment it turned out to be. Perhaps I can spare someone else the same kind of letdown.

The book (toward the end) does contain some valuable ideas on reducing consumerism during the Christmas season. Getting to that point, however, requires enduring a long, wordy story about the author's dysfuntional childhood, followed by his corporate success. He then shares that he downsized his life, but there are far more pages of mere rambling than there are of interesting dialog about his simplicity journey. I can't recall how many times I thought, "Oh, please, get to the point!"

By the way, the co-author, whose life we learn just a little about, is the better writer of the two. But virtually everything he says (except for the helpful holiday ideas) is relegated to the end of the book, in tiny font. So the reader must employ two bookmarks and flip to the end of the book a total of 108 times, where the second author's input is added as endnotes. Not a comfortable or convenient format.

The worst part, however, is Mr. Millburn's writing. He's clearly an intelligent and witty guy, but his ego is overpowering. He has an admirable ability to speak his truth. If he would only express himself from that place of openness and honesty, rather than trying to impress his audience. Trying to impress is never impressive. His continual barrage of ridiculously enormous words and odd metaphors makes the reading of this book tedious. He must have spent a heap of time poring over a thesaurus. He's also a bit loose with crude and foul language. He could stand to incorporate some of the minimalism he lives into his writing style. Cleaner. Tidier.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Delightful and inspiring.
Published 3 days ago by Natalie L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Millburn is an amazing writer. This book and his story is very ...
Mr. Millburn is an amazing writer. This book and his story is very inspiring.
Published 7 days ago by Althea Moynihan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Memoir--Different Style
"Everything That Remains" is a story that needs to be heard. Being a minimalist at heart, but not quite in practice yet, reading Millburn's memoir left me wanting... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kelly Gropp
5.0 out of 5 stars .Great read-motivating
As I begin the final chapter of my life, retirement, this book gave me lot of ideas on decluttering my life. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dana d Tramba
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
I really enjoyed this book. In addition to providing some great advice that I think anyone can benefit from, it was a great story of a man growing up and figuring out who he really... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Todd Versteeg
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read with good personal and practical insights on how we tend...
More than just a Minimalist's treatise on living with less. A good little story with some practical and thought provoking ideas on why we over buy in quantity and why we overspend... Read more
Published 11 days ago by V. Alston
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
I have a friend who introduced me to minimalism. I had so many questions but he moved. This book is like his story. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Scott Dow
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!
I really enjoyed this book, and learned a great deal what's important in life. I realize, that it's not too hard to give up certain things that we value because once you find more... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Michael Witten
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired me to make some changes!
This book is so inspiring. It made me want to jump up and clear out the additional physical stuff in my life but also the extra concerns and worries that are a part of our western... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Steeter
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Ideas, Bloated Writing.
I adore anything that advocates less stuff, more life, but found this book occasionally excruciating to read. Joshua would have benefitted greatly by an editor. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Dave from Buffalo
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