- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Asymmetrical Press (May 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781938793011
- ISBN-13: 978-1938793011
- ASIN: 1938793013
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 286 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential: Essays by The Minimalists Paperback – May 1, 2015
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The Minimalists--Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus--are bestselling authors and international speakers who write and speak about living a meaningful life with less stuff. Their books include Essential: Essays by The Minimalists, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, As a Decade Fades: A Novel, and Everything That Remains: A Memoir. They have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Village Voice, LA Weekly, and many other outlets. Visit the authors online at TheMinimalists.com.
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The book is, as it suggests, a series of essays mostly written by Joshua Fields Millburn and most (as it seems) were written near the start of their journey together. Perhaps it was because I was taken by the short video on their website introducing their ideas that I was primed for a specific kind of book, but because of that I was disappointed because this was not that book. The opening few essays are great and set the stage for a big upheaval in two young mens lives. It is written well and feels like something your friend would write to you in an email or letter. I really liked the start.
But over the course of the book the essays devolve into more self-help style "do" (or, to use their term, "must") statements and, while they try to acknowledge that there are lots of ways to be minimalist, the rhetoric gets rather pedantic at times. That's too bad, because the intent is definitely positive and the message is a useful one. Another issue with the book is that, being culled from other works, we see a lot of repetition. By 2/3rds of the way through you're a little tired of hearing that Joshua and Ryan left six-figure jobs and were working 70 hours a week. It might not be so if you read one of these essays on its own, but as a collection its poorly curated for a book form.
The basic premise is good, the ideas are pretty solid and, when not speaking at you but to you, the book has enough redeeming qualities to read. It's a short collection and very reasonably priced so still worth picking up.
I've read a lot of books in my life but this one was the right timing for me.
Great job guys!
An easy read, well written and motivational. I recommend!
All the best,