By Judith Levine
Surprised by means of the trade in every little thing from puppy cloning to patriotism, fearful via the downward spiral of her funds and that of the trash-strewn earth, Judith Levine enlists her associate, Paul, in a thorough test: to forgo all however the most important purchases for a whole yr.
with no shopper items and studies, Judith and Paul pursue their careers, nurture relationships, and check out to maintain their sanity, their identities, and their humorousness intact. monitoring their growth -- and inevitable lapses -- Levine contemplates want and hope, shortage and defense, consumerism and citizenship. She asks the large Questions: Can the economic system live on with out procuring? Are Q-tips useful?
Not deciding to buy It is the confession of a girl any reader can establish with: a person who cannot dwell with out French roast espresso or SmartWool socks yet who has had it as much as the following with overconsumption and its results in the world and everybody who dwells there.
For the humor and intelligence of its insights, the refreshment of its skepticism, and the surprises of its conclusions, Not paying for It is certain to be on anyone's record of requirements.
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