Not Buying It
My Year Without Shopping
By Judith Levine
(Free Press, Hardcover, 9780743269353, 288pp.)
Publication Date: February 28, 2006
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Funny, smart and self-deprecating, "Not Buying It" is a close look at our society's obsession with shopping and the cold turkey confession of a woman we can all identify with -- someone who can't live without French roast coffee andexpensive wool socks, but who has had enough of spending money for the sake of it. Without consumer goods and experiences, Levine and her partner Paul pursue their careers, nurture family relationships and try to keep their sanity and humour intact. Tracking their progress and lapses, she contemplates the meanings of need and desire, scarcity and security, consumerism and citizenship. She asks the big questions -- can the economy survive without shopping? Are Q-tips a necessity?
A thought-provoking account of the pleasures and perils of the purchase-driven life, "Not Buying It" will get readers talking about their reliance on the act of buying and the possibility of getting off the merry-go-round.