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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press (September 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938793048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938793042
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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-Leo Babauta, Zen Habits


"A life-changing book"
-Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling author of Trust Agents

"Fantastic"
-Colin Wright, author of My Exile Lifestyle

About the Author

THE MINIMALISTS, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, write essays about living a meaningful life with less stuff for their online audience of more than 100,000 monthly readers at TheMinimalists.com. They have been featured in the Wall Street JournalCBS This Morning, NBC, FOX, NPR, CBC Radio, Zen Habits, and numerous other outlets.

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I've read this book multiple times now.
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How these guys are able bring their thoughts & experiences together into such well written essays simply amazes me.
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I have read all of their books and enjoy their insights.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Mead on November 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ryan and Joshua continue to catalogue their journey leaving the rat race, selling extras, and clearing the clutter in mind and space. Simplicity: Essays is another collection book by the two Minimalists. A couple of the stories are new - just for the book. But, the vast majority of essays are republished from the web. This always bothers me a bit; albeit, I find that reading these essays in a thematic form helps assimilate the information.

One problem I found with this most recent book:
The guys recommend ridding yourself of the tower of DVDs. It's just taking up space. I agree, and I'm not one to collect movies. But there's a hypocrisy to enjoying what you have, and never coming back to it. They mention that once you've seen a movie once, going back to it is an effort to live in the past. They're about the present. Unfortunately, like a good book, you can find yourself returning for new inspiration and experiences. The movie Fight Club is a perfect example. I've seen it 5 times or more. I rewatch it - not for the past - but for the present reminder of consumerism, materialism, and purposelessness amidst this culture of consumption. I always gain something new.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Leighton on September 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I am once again impressed at how these guys can continually produce excellent books and essay compilations. I read this one in only 2 1/2 hours. Once you begin, it's hard to put it down. This one is nothing more than essays but the book flows so nicely and it NEVER gets boring. The sections are short and to the point. It is not a book about just getting rid of your stuff. It is more of an outline on how to achieve a more fulfilling, happy, and meaningful life. Through personal experience these guys are able, through their writing talent, to help many people in this consumer driven society realize that more is not better. I began my minimalist journey a few months back and I still have a lot of work to do. What I have learned is that with the elimination of more stuff I add MORE value to my life. If this is what you are looking for, then this is the book for you!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Foley on September 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a nicely assembled collection of the best essays from the authors' web site (theminimalists.com). I've read a number of these pieces before, but it was really useful for me to read them again (together with new material), this time intentionally grouped together in this collection. The essays are of varying lengths, which makes it easy to find a digestible amount to go through. Read a few essays or an entire section, reflect on what you've read, and then go back for more. It's also the kind of collection that can act as a guide book that you can refer back to over time. The sections on personal relationships and how to live a meaningful life show that there's so much more to minimalism that just getting rid of "stuff". I've got a long way to go if I want to transform my life as much as Joshua and Ryan have, but with this book, I've got a good guide for how to do so. For those curious about living a more meaningful life and looking for ways to do so, this book is a great start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. P. LARSON on September 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A couple months ago, I had no idea who Josh Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus were. I was looking for ideas to make some long overdue changes in my life. I started with purchasing some of their very entertaining and thought provoking titles on Amazon. From there I moved on to their blog and Facebook page. They have a lot of good ideas for adapting all, some, or even a little bit of the minimalist philosophies into your daily routine.

In the foreword, they ask the reader to read the essays intentionally in order. This book is a "best of" collection, containing forty-six of their most important essays. Utilizing the sync between my Kindle and Kindle app on my phone, this collection really read quickly and was great to fill those times where you have 10 minutes and would normally veg out reading a magazine at the dentist or watch tv waiting for an oil change. I found reading the essays in order did give a great experience and continuity to their message of living a meaningful life with less stuff. I have not given up all my clutter, or quit my job, but they have a lot of inspirational gems in their stories to pick and choose from. It is more about enjoying more of your day through small steps and eventually it adds up to large improvements in your quality of life.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chase Night on September 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Why buy a book of essays that have already been published online where you can read them for free?

Um, because everything looks better when it's in a book. And because Kindles and paperbacks don't burn up your eyes like endlessly scrolling a computer screen to read all these essays would. And because books offer something that blogs - even great blogs - rarely manage to achieve. Coherent organization.

What I liked most about this book was how seamlessly the essays flow into one another in this format. Blogs are linear: you write essays and they appear in the order you wrote them. Sure, you can add categories and "most loved" lists, but it's not the same as turning the page and finding the essay that builds perfectly upon the previous essay. I honestly wish more of my favorite blogs would do this. Another benefit is that it makes the material easier to share. I could never get my parents to read a blog, but I could give them a paperback copy of this book.
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