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Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping (original 2006; udgave 2007)

af Judith Levine

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An award-winning journalist traces a year during which she and her partner struggled with a pledge to avoid consumer spending practices in spite of their American conditioning, an effort that had a profound impact on their careers, family relationships, and personal identities.
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Titel:Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
Forfattere:Judith Levine
Info:Atria Books (2007), Edition: 0, Paperback, 288 pages
Samlinger:Læst, men ikke ejet
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Nøgleord:biography

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Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping af Judith Levine (2006)

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    The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove af Cathy Erway (kristenn)
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    Clean and Green: The Complete Guide to Non-Toxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping af Annie Berthold-Bond (solsken)
    solsken: Those interested in ecological living have to face the issue of consumerism as well. J.Levine keeps a journal of her year without shopping for anything but the basic necessities, while also doing some research on the topic.
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I had a difficult time rating this one because I liked the overall concept and many of the topics Levine explored. Unfortunately, I wanted to to delve a bit more deeply into some ideas that she just glossed over (such as her complex emotions on relying on friends' generosity or the fact that cutting down in Vermont made her status more as opposed to less enviable). I like that this was more of a personal memoir as opposed to sociological study; Levine does dive into sociological babble a bit, but doesn't get too hampered down with it. My biggest complaint rested in how political some of the later chapters got. Its a catch-22 in that I liked how personal the story was but hated how focused she was on the 2003 National Election. It was a divisive and economically depressed time, but her obsession with the Kerry campaign and people's involvement in politics just got really overbearing. I struggled to get through to the end and hated her commentary on the campaign. And as much as Levine claimed not to judge people's consumer habits by the end, she comes of slightly superior with her own opinions and habits. I didn't hate this book, but it was definitely a struggle and challenge to relate to some issues. In the end though, I appreciated a realistic look at changing one's shopping habits, since not everyone can just stop spending money and become a freegan. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
Awful. The only good thing about this book is that I didn't pay for it but got it from the library. It's boring and badly written (even though the author is a professional writer). I was looking forward to some reflections and analysis but the author is about as self aware as a rock. There was basically a whole chapter dedicated to the tantrum she had when she couldn't find her favourite socks. Really.

P.S. I actually resent adding this book to my bookshelves because it was so bad but I'm terrified that I'll block the memory of its awfulness and may attempt to reread it again in the future and would end up subjecting myself to further trauma. ( )
  JuliaMay | Dec 10, 2020 |
A lot of naval gazing about buying stuff. The premise of the book sounded great: the author is shocked by the call buy things in order to help the US economy. And starts gazing at her own purchases and how much she buys. So she and her partner decide to experiment by not buying anything that is not necessarily (and going for cheaper versions if possible) for a whole year.
 
It starts off with some pretty interesting things. What is and what is not necessary? What are some generic swaps that are just fine but others should not be done? Is a charitable donation "necessary"? How do they handle invitations from friends? What about "borrowing" or getting freebies? And for my own question: why are things like 'The New York Times' and Starbucks necessary?
 
Unfortunately, while the book brings up some great questions and has some interesting insights about consumerism, buying, etc. I found it entirely too naval-gazing and just a little obnoxious. She had her partner have 3 cars and 2 residences between them. They aren't top of the line, expensive cars fresh from the factory nor are their living abodes mansions. But the couple can afford to take ski trips and are in a position where they both pretty much work from home. Their strata (economic and otherwise) is very different from many other people who can't afford to own one place, a car and don't have an opportunity to work from home.
 
I also found her section about shopping in an Asian market rather insightful. She and her partner avoid a bunch of sauces that "baffle our Western palates" and "what sometimes tastes to us like spoilage" (which may be true but it may also mean they've never bothered coming out of their bland-food-taste shell). She actually has a paragraph dedicated to why she won't drink bubble tea and how it came to New York City in an immigration wave. Sorry, but this section came across as just a bit xenophobic, even if she perhaps did not intend it to.
 
As other reviewers have said, she tends to come across as rather self-centered and shallow. She even mentions that without shopping she has a lot more time on her hands I cannot be on a high horse (I certainly have purchases that others may think are really ridiculous), but...how much shopping could she do? Personally I dislike shopping but I...don't understand how much time that could free up. What was she shopping for?
 
I'd like for this woman and her husband to consider the questions of what some people face: do I pay the rent or go without food? Do I walk to work so my kids (neither she nor her partner have children, which ALSO makes this book rather unapproachable in other ways too) can take the bus? What about the medication for my condition?
 
There is much to think about regarding consumerism (she relates a story of her neighbors who came from Eastern European countries) that is food for thought. But clearly this woman has never been in a position (nor has known anyone who has been) where she has had to give up many of her "necessities" just to get by. The book is all over the place and I can't say I can recommend it. Do what the book says and borrow this one from the library if you're that curious. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
By the time I got around to reading this, I couldn't help remembering someone's crack about the simple-living movement not being new; it's called being poor. Of course, simple living is a deliberate lifestyle whereas being poor isn't anything people really strive for. Still, I just couldn't really buy this story about a childless, educated, intellectual couple making a decent living and owning a New York apartment and Vermont cabin, attempting to live simply. The author does a lot of intellectualizing and quoting philosophers, and by the September chapter I just lost patience. I rode it out through the December chapter and the one thing I could appreciate about their year-long experiment is that it got them more civically engaged. If it were written from a different approach, I might have enjoyed it more. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
The author of this book and her partner decide to cut out all unnecessary spending for a year, which started out as an interesting concept but veered off into too much emphasis on political points. Several times the author refers to their home in Vermont as being in the "Northeast Kingdom" which I had never heard of and had to look up - turns out the Northeast Kingdom consists of just 3 counties in the northeastern corner of Vermont - seemed kind of snobby. I found the book disappointing. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Jan 27, 2015 |
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Savings was not the goal of the project, but, admittedly, I was disappointed by the bottom line.
 
Levine offers banal solutions in search of a problem, while leaving the real problems for others to investigate.
tilføjet af stephmo | RedigerSalon.com, Ann Marlow (Mar 13, 2006)
 
But otherwise, this honest and humorous tale of a nonspending year is well worth putting aside a few hours to read.
 
Best of all, while she makes you want to repent for your greed more than a few times, she also points out the absurdities of ''voluntary simplicity'' and recognizes the soul-stirring happiness implicit in finding a perfect new pair of heels, making Not Buying It well worth its price.
 
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