- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345519841
- ISBN-13: 978-0345519849
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robbins, best-selling author and heir to the Baskin Robbins family, walked away from a fortune only to lose most of his own money in Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme. As the author of the bestselling Diet for a New America, Robbins championed planet-friendly food and became a popular lecturer, talk-show guest, and feature of the hit documentary, Supersize Me. Now he taps his razor sharp insights and social consciousness to argue that, when it comes to not just our food but also our bank accounts, homes, and other aspects of our lives, bigger is not always best. Chapters like "Eating Better, Spending Less" and "Choosing Where to Live" combine research and case studies with Robbins' own personal experience, redefining our notions of a successful life and lending credibility to his own claims of enlightenment. While we may not choose to live like Thoreau on a remote island (as Robbins did), this examination will make us consider how our consumer choices impact our family and, perhaps, society as a whole.
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“There is today a profound hunger for precisely the information, the advice, and the perspectives in The New Good Life. I can think of few people with the authority to speak about the benefits of a leaner, wiser, healthier way of living. The literature on frugal, simple, conscious living is extensive—now and throughout the American story—but John Robbins brings so many unique talents and perspectives that his book is sure to be a bestseller and a best-loved resource.”—Vicki Robin, co-author of Your Money or Your Life
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Robbins is such a compassionate person, and he has lived his life in such a humble, loving way. Helping so many people. In this book he explains that 'The Old Way' was the way of the consumer who equated material wealth as happiness and weighed his or her self-worth with how much he/she was able to consume. With these hard economic times, the definition of the 'good life' is changing, (thankfully) and he helps alleviate the pain of "not having enough" or as much as you may have had in the past, helps you take back your humanity, and makes you feel incredibly grateful for learning the new skills he has in this book to lead a more humble life. A life that is free of the old material clutter-which was so often connected to a deep confusion we had about our own worth.
I also highly recommend his other book, 'The Food Revolution'
Reading this book has improved my life in measurable ways while empowering my family to lead a happier, more fulfilling life. The last page also had a wonderful jewel. John has a new blog at [...]
This man really walks his talk. With every page we can feel his integrity on how to integrate the new good life into our lives and the pages are full of a smart, entertaining and practical wisdom in a time where we need it so much.
I highly recommend this book and learned so many good tips along the way. It's a very entertaining, touching and informative read and it couldn't have been timed more perfectly.