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New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City Paperback – November 11, 2014
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“All of us sense that we could live better, kinder lives. But Bill Powers has the courage to try to change and then — ever so artfully, without the slightest wag of a finger — to show us how.”
— Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man
“Bill Powers has done it again — taken us on an honest, touching journey into living lightly and intelligently in a distracted world. And he’s such a good writer that we don’t even know we are being educated, challenged, and changed.”
— Vicki Robin, coauthor of the international bestseller Your Money or Your Life and author of Blessing the Hands That Feed Us
“The reenchantment of urban life — so compromised by the accelerated techno-industrial culture — takes work, and William Powers saves us a lot of time on the learning curve. Hats off, especially to his courage.”
— Douglas Tompkins, founder of the North Face clothing company and the Foundation for Deep Ecology
“Is it possible to live an earthh-friendly and spiritually fulfilling life in the middle of the bustle of a big city? William Powers and his wife are the perfect people to find out. I found that the tales of the remarkable people they meet, the challenges they confront, and the beauty and joy they discover nourished a part of my soul that rarely gets fed. Never preachy, always entertaining, and often wise, this is a splendid book for anyone wanting to bring more heart and joy to urban living.”
— John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America
“New Slow City tells an inspiring story. At the outset, Powers’s goal — to live slowly and mindfully in frantic Manhattan — seems quixotic in the extreme. But one should never underestimate a determined idealist. This delightfully provocative book will speak to anyone trying to build a balanced life in our crazy world. I first came to know Powers’s work because we coincidentally share the same name. Now I read him to question my own assumptions and reimagine how to live.”
— William Powers, New York Times–bestselling author of Hamlet’s BlackBerry
“An inspirational quest to slow down, simplify, and find serenity in a supercharged city. William Powers discovers the joy in less stuff, less work, and less speed!”
— Francine Jay, author of The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide
“Powers’s message, honed through his experiences living in poor countries like Bolivia, shows that we can live simply, sustainably, and happily. And I know it’s real because I stayed with him in his tiny place. But Powers also slows down — at least as important as scaling down — and learns to savor the little daily miracles of life. This message may be just what you need to change your own life for the better. Don’t miss it!”
— John de Graaf, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Affluenza and What’s the Economy For, Anyway? and executive director of Take Back Your Time
"Powers places the difficult decisions we face on a daily basis into an equation that should provide us all with an optimistic glimpse of how to slow our lives down. Read New Slow City and watch as its insights pepper your daily decisions while you navigate the folly of the fast life.”
— Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA
“In New Slow City, William Powers offers us his challenging and delightful story of learning to live with less in the heart of New York City. In his warm narrative style, Powers guides the reader through the struggles he and his wife face in getting rid of stuff and squeezing their lives into a 350-square-foot micro-apartment. This work is a profound witness that a meaningful and joyful life of conservation is possible, even amid the powers of speed in the quintessential American city.”
— C. Christopher Smith, senior editor of the Englewood Review of Books and coauthor of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
About the Author
William Powers is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.
Top customer reviews
Living simply takes a bit of work! The mindful mindset that the author is aiming to cultivate is an ongoing process no matter where you are and I was really pleased to find this book and hear from others who are thinking about giving it some effort.
His enviable achievement in living simply and very well within the "World's Fastest City" amplifies the somewhat meaningless pursuit of more and more wealth for the sake of wealth.
People are renting storage for their accumulated possessions which become so pointless when you read how simply William lived and enjoyed life living so frugally.
Every school age child should be given a copy of this book to study and maybe this planet can survive.
I read and re-read many passages of “New Slow City” to savor Powers’ vision, insight, world view and gorgeous writing. Powers is capable of integrating the good ideas of so many brilliant contemporary and historic thinkers. At the same time, he can put those ideas aside and stay in the moment – enjoying and even relishing, the sensory experiences around him. He sees and writes about ordinary things in an extraordinary way. And Powers uses language to help us slow down and see more and see better. “New Slow City” is a profoundly excellent life/happiness manual.