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Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists Paperback – January 1, 2014
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About the Author
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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That being said, I wanted to read the book. Ultimately, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best I've ever read, either. The book itself, I have to rate 4 stars, but I put the rating as 3 for a couple of reasons.
The message in the story is great, but it's reiterated several times. Not in a conclusive manner, either. The best way that I could describe it is that the author needed filler and a conclusion to every chapter or paragraph. When he wasn't able to conclude in the best way possible, he circled around the same ideas; not unlike every person writing a dreaded essay of 500 words, where they're 50 words short of completion.
The descriptiveness. It was over the top. There are other reviews that discuss it, and they aren't lying...it was almost like this:
"The gray, cloudy sky strew cold, wet, aqua droplets onto the sharpened grass below. We were surrounded by the bitter chill of the day, as we looked out at the icy scenery in front of us."
Really, what you want them to say is: we get it. You were outside on a cold day and it was rainy. Move along. The descriptions in the book...well, they speak for themselves.
Lastly, the verbiage used. Another reviewer said it appeared as though the author had a thesaurus or dictionary handy. It's apparent throughout the book in the addition of words that are just unnecessary.
Overall, the books message is worth the read. I just wish they would have trimmed the fat on it a little bit, and kept with the main story. The extras just worked against it.
I recommend the digital version, as it's easier to read Ryan's footnotes that way (no flipping around). However, I didn't realize that some you have to scroll down as they are longer that the pop-up box.
I'd love to come to your next California visit! Keep up great work.