40% Off Is the New Black

Reasons Why Less Is More

By Lisa Birnbach; Patricia Marx; Ann Hodgman
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, Paperback, 9780740785313, 208pp.)

Publication Date: May 2009

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In "40% Off Is the New Black," best-selling authors Lisa Birnbach, Ann Hodgman, and Patricia Marx offer hundreds of recession-proof reasons why less is more. This funny, inspiring, and uplifting collection reminds us that most of the best things in life are still free.
Insights include:
* Hedges are prettier to look at than hedge funds.
* Manicures are probably bad for you anyway--all those fumes.
* Your pets wouldn't like you more if you were rich.
* There might still be time to teach your kids that money isn't everything.
* Seashells are amazingly beautiful for something that costs nothing.
* Buying items in bulk makes you feel like a stalwart pioneer woman.
So invest in this little piece of wisdom that is certain to do more for you than your 401(k) has lately. And, while you're bicycling to work and growing your own food, you can think about all that really matters in life--family, friends, and early-bird specials, of course.

About the Author
Lisa Birnbach is a television commentator and the author of the wildly successful "Official Preppy Handbook". She is a "Parade" magazine contributing editor and the mother of (at least) three children.

Patricia Marx, a television screenwriter for shows such as "Saturday Night Live", is the author of "How to Regain Your Virginity" and "Meet My Staff".

Along with the original "Beat This!, "ANN HODGMAN is the author of "Beat That!" and "One Bite Won't Kill You." She has written more than forty children's books, including, most recently, "How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day." Hodgman has written articles for "The""New Yorker, " the "New York Times Magazine, " the "New York Times Book Review, " the "Atlantic Monthly, ""Food & Wine, ""Smithsonian, " and just about all of the women's and parenting magazines.
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