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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716506
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I picked up a book by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska. Its collection of essays focus on “simplicity”, but they are (as our British friends would say) spot on about the inner journey of Transition. I strongly recommend this book as a part of Transition literature. Less is More reminds us that the inner goal is “knowing who you are, being clear about your values, understanding what brings true well-being.” - Joanne Poyourow, Transition US

About the Author

Cecile Andrews is a community educator, author of Circle of Simplicity, and contributor to several books on living more simply and taking back our time. She has a doctorate from Stanford and teaches at Seattle University. She and her husband are founders of Seattle's Phinney Ecovillage, a neighborhood-based sustainable community. Wanda Urbanska is a Harvard graduate whose life's work has involved living simply. She is the President of Simple Living Company, www.simplelivingtv.net , the producer/host of Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska, and the author of three books on the subject. She lives in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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If you already read a few books on voluntary simplicity you already know enough about it.
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I loved this book, everything in it makes so much sense....Live simpler for a more fulfilled and happy life, it really is as simple as that!!!!!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tina on September 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have been contemplating over the last few years how it is that I somehow seems to have gotten caught up in the "more, more, more" attitude that alot of society seems to have and more importantly, I have been attempting to get myself out of that frame of mind (not to mention that frame of spending).

Enter Less is More - Embracing Simplicity - which is really an absolutely perfect title that says it all.

Authors Cecile Andres and Wanda Urbanska have written an illuminated, concise and highly interesting and inspiring read about what life (your life and mine) can be, how fulfulled we can be with a more simple life - that will benefit everyone around us - and as a bonus, help the environment.

I think this book is extremely a propos right now - as life has proven to us that excesses cannot be sustained without paying a high price.

Less is More explores our obsessive pursuit of money and success and challenges us - with well formed arguments and research to think outside of the box a little bit - and I feel up to the challenge.

Written for everyone - I found myself devouring this book - feeling inspired at the end of it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko on May 28, 2010
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"Here are some of the important reasons to consciously choose Simplicity:

(1) Simplicity fosters a more harmonious relationship with the Earth--the land, water, and air.
(2) Simplicity promotes fairness and equity among the people of the Earth.
(3) Simplicity cuts through needless clutter and complexity.
(4) Simplicity enhances living with balance--inner and outer, work and family, family and community.
(5) Simplicity reveals the beauty and intelligence of nature's designs.
(6) Simplicity increases the resources available for future generations.
(7) Simplicity helps save animal and plant species from extinction.
(8) Simplicity responds to global shortages of oil, water, and other vital resources.
(9) Simplicity keeps our eyes on the prize of what matters most in our lives--the quality of our relationships with family, friends, community, nature, and the cosmos.
(10) Simplicity yields lasting satisfactions that more than compensate for the fleeting pleasures of consumerism.
(11) Simplicity fosters the sanity of self-discovery and an integrated approach to life.
(12) Simplicity blossoms us in community and connects us to the world with a sense of belonging and common purpose.
(13) Simplicity is a lighter lifestyle that fits elegantly into the real world of the 21ST century."

The above comes from one of the chapters of this intriguing book edited by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska. Andrews, who has a PhD in education from Stanford, is an author and founder of a Seattle ecovillage. Urbanska, a graduate of Harvard, is also an author and host/producer of the "Simple Living" PBS television series.
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LESS IS MORE is a powerful collection of works discussing wealth, current events, and the effort to live more simply with an eye more towards inner wealth than outer largess. Less means not only less material wealth, but less debt, stress, and work requirements. Less can lead to More: this tells how in a pick for any general interest library.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Compleat Reader on August 25, 2011
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I had high hopes for this, but found most of the essays rather empty and tired. And one was utterly offensive. Bryan Welch's "Why I Farm" is a disturbing echo of Lierre Keith's "The Vegetarian Myth," laughably making out vegans to be world-destroyers by "their" industrial agriculture, and Welch's slaughter of his animals in their "joyful, bouncing exuberance of new life" to be a holy and beautiful thing. So, industrial agriculture is dedicated solely to, and supported solely by, vegans (making up a whopping 2.8% of the population)? People who eat flesh never have a side of peas, a slice of bread, a glass of beer or wine? And livestock never eat feed grown by agriculture? I believe the latest statistics are that somewhere around 70% of the grains grown today are used to feed livestock, not people. But feeling like livestock are "partners, friends, entertainers and something close to family" somehow makes their slaughter a beautiful thing.

Such contradictory and false notions should NOT be treated respectfully.

Several good authors are included: Bill McKibben and John de Graaf, among others. But on the whole disappointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patti on February 10, 2011
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Let me start out by saying...I love the book, just be prepared it reads more text book in many places...little to much...but the overall message is very good....very very good way of looking at life at all angles of simplicity not just giving up you worldly possessions and living in a cave....very practical look at life now and how we can be more simple...KISS keep it simple stupid....lol..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Garden Reader on January 4, 2011
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I just loved this book, it really helped me to realize that all the "stuff" I have doesn't make my life any better and in fact, that stuff increases my anxiety. After reading this book I collected several bags of "stuff" from my house, that I previously thought I needed for some reason, and gave it away. No regrets about that. Now I feel so much more relaxed and my house is much cleaner. I also feel less inclined to go shopping and am able to just sit and really enjoy the stuff that actually does matter. When I see something in the store or on TV that I want, I think twice about whether or not I really need to own that item. Almost always the answer now is "no". Saving lots of money, less stuff to dust, store, and eventually move around. I gave this book to 3 friends for Christmas because I think it will help them get more out of daily life. Highly recommended.
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