Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

Registered by wingpiggydivawing of Louisville, Kentucky USA on 10/1/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by wingpiggydivawing from Louisville, Kentucky USA on Saturday, October 01, 2005
This is a sociological look at current affairs and business and the way the media and our culture encourages us to buy more and more and more. Affluenza is defined as: a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

I should release this book, as the release of the "stuff" we collect is what the book is all about!

Journal Entry 2 by wingpiggydivawing from Louisville, Kentucky USA on Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Postal release to GorgeousGlo as part of a trade. Ejoy!

Journal Entry 3 by GorgeousGlo on Wednesday, December 07, 2005
WOW! I see you got my book today too. This is fabulous! Maybe with the holidays coming the USPS is not concerned about Media Mail and just tosses everything in the superfast lane.

I am really looking forward to reading this book. My neighbor Ashley, who told me about it, went to a conference by one of the authors at our local library. She felt the urge to run and buy the book, which would be contradicting the whole point of it, so she put a library hold on it. She and a million others. So when i finish it i am going to pass it along, in the pure spirit of BookCrossing and Anti-Affluenza.

Thanks for sharing PiggyDiva!

Journal Entry 4 by GorgeousGlo on Wednesday, December 28, 2005
It took me quite a while to plow through this book, during the holiest of all shopping seasons, no less! This is not light reading, and much of it deserves reflection and analysis.

I had been for a while questioning some of the very issues in the book (do i really need these many clothes? And why can't i park the car in the garage?), albeit in a very abstract form. The book looks at Affluenza as an epidemic, and as such divides the book into three parts: symptoms, causes, and treatment. To me, the most interesting part was the middle chapter, the understanding of how we transitioned from a society that valued time off above money to one where we have the lowest amount of vacation days per year, even below Japan. My boss, for example, stops accruing vacation because he never takes any. Then our Human Resources Department forces him to take a day off, and he sneaks back into the office to work incognito. He also gets upset when you try to take two weeks of vacation at a time...

I agree with much of what Affluenza says, and admit being part of the problem, but the book got preachy at times. For example, it discusses how many resources go into the making (and disposing) of a computer. I started feeling guilty, because i bought a new one a few months ago. After a while, however, i thought about the absurdity of my guilt. I had used my old computer for nine years.  This replacement was not frivolous. What is one supposed to do when your computer becomes obsolete, after almost a decade of use? We cannot move back the clock and expect to encounter the simplicity that existed, say, in the 50s. To think we can is disingenuous. I wish the book had given more of a middle ground. 

I read with amusement the unending praise that organic food gets throughout the book. I do not buy anything organic as a matter of general principle. I am tired of hearing shrill pseudo-scientists scaring consumers. For a more balanced view on this issue, i have always enjoyed what Bruce Ames at UCBerkeley had to say. And he has a lot of cred (a quick Google search will tell you why).

But those are my only complaints. I believe this is an important book, for those who like me were already aware of the perils of affluenza, but especially to those who are still oblivious, and believe me, there are many shades of oblivion. I have friends who go crazy about organic food, yet they are mega-shoppers, while others may be very frugal in their shopping expeditions, but still have not figured out what their recycling bin is for. It is scary to think what may happen one day!

As for me, i am resolving to watch less TV and spend less time at the mall in 2006.

Journal Entry 5 by GorgeousGlo on Sunday, January 29, 2006
I gave it to Ashley, my neighbor, who is in fact the person who first mentioned this very important book to me. I hope she enjoys it as much as i did.

Journal Entry 6 by aobchef from Fairfield, California USA on Sunday, February 12, 2006
I received this book from my friend and neighbor Gloria (thanks so much) and plan to pass it back to her so that she can pass it on to other friends-thanks so much for sharing and not having to buy this book and create more "stuff" on my bookshelf.
I was fortunate enough to hear the author John DeGraf speak at our local library in Dec 05. I really enjoyed the talk and wanted to read the book as well. Having listened to him speak on the subject of Affluenza for 2 hours, I found that I wanted to jump forward in the book to parts that were not covered in his lecture. I did get alot out of the book in terms of how to "cure" affluenza. What I took away the most from the book was the concept of getting back to our true values. I loved the suggestion to make a list of your most important values and then to take stock of your life-are you living up to these values in your daily life, on what you spend money on, on where you live, on what you do, on what car you drive, etc. I think it is a great excercise for all of us to do. In order to believe in and be happy about the way we live, we need to ensure that we are following the path we are choosing to create everyday.
I really enjoyed reading the book and will recommend it to everyone I know. I think it is great information for all of us to be aware of our spending habits and what it is really "saying" about ourselves. I do agree with Gloria's comment on the book being preachy at times, and felt that after I reflected on what I had read the next day, I was able to see how I could make some small changes that would make a difference in my own life.
Enjoy!

CAUGHT IN FAIRFIELD CA USA

Journal Entry 7 by GorgeousGlo on Monday, August 21, 2006
This book is worthy of sharing, so I am going to send it on a small tour of the world. BookRing starts now!

Rampallion - Illinois (US only) mailed August 30, 2006
Adia415 - Ohio (can ship anywhere)
twinkpuddin - New York (US/Can pref. but intl OK)
BecFromMD - DC (can ship anywhere)
jenptcfan - Arkansas (US pref, intl OK)
Kimmi - Canada (can ship anywhere)
oisec - Germany (Germany pref, intl surface)
Annodyne - UK (can ship anywhere)
dododumpling - UK (UK pref, intl surface)
daemonwolf - UK (can ship anywhere)
leeess - Australia (Aus pref, intl OK)
Vikki - Japan (intl OK)
Bluestocking88 - Washington (US preferred)
NMReader - NM (US only)
GrannyAnn - NY (US preferred, Canada OK - thank you!)
boomda181 - Canada (intl OK)
verolyon - France (EU preferred, intl OK)
LeishaCamden - Norway (intl OK)
lucy-lemon - UK (intl OK)

Rules for the BookRing (inspired from LyekkaMarengo's profile):

1. Please let me know your shipping restrictions.
2. Journal the book when you get it.
3. If you can't finish this book in ~ 4 weeks, please let me know.
4. Make your Journal Entry.
5. PM the next person in line before you send it to make sure they are still interested in participating.
6. PM the next person in line after you have actually mailed the book.

Thank you all for participating!

Journal Entry 8 by rampallion from Evanston, Illinois USA on Friday, September 08, 2006
It's here! Thank you so much!

I will PM Adia415 so I have his/her address when I am ready to send this.

Journal Entry 9 by rampallion from Evanston, Illinois USA on Sunday, September 10, 2006
I'm about 75 pages in. Very good so far, though it's poorly edited. In fact, somebody else has already marked up most of the typos, so clearly I am not the only one who is annoyed about this. ;->

By the way, the Ivana Trump quotation from the New York Times is inaccurate. The Times quoted her as saying that she buys 2,000 black bras, 2,000 white bras, and 2,000 beige bras every six months or so. Then later they ran a correction--she buys "only" 200 of each color. I guess this means that she doesn't wear five or six bras at once.

Not only do I get to read an interesting book, I get to pass it along to someone else who wants to read it! Very cool.

Journal Entry 10 by rampallion from Evanston, Illinois USA on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
"I'd like to think I shop because I don't want to look like everybody else, but the real reason is because I don't want to look like myself. It's easier to buy something new and feel good about yourself than it is to change yourself." --"Lianne," who considers herself addicted to shopping

This isn't a perfect book, but it contains lots of fascinating, thought-provoking information. That study about the typical American recognizing hundreds of corporate logos but fewer than ten types of plants . . . ouch! I think I can identify more plants than that, but not many more. And local plants? Forget it.

The part about the 30-hour week at Kellogg's is fascinating. I agree that when I work longer hours, I am much less productive on a per-hour basis. Reforming health care in this country would make a 30-hour week and job sharing much more feasible, plus many people would retire earlier.

As I was reading, I kept wondering, Why isn't there more discussion of drastically reducing the amount of television watched or even stopping altogether? After all, TV encourages sedentary, solitary, unconnected behavior, and at least some of the commercials must be effective or companies wouldn't spend billions on them. And then I realized that this book is based on a TV series and that one of the authors produces TV documentaries. I guess the Affluenza people can't bite the hand that feeds them.

If you are interested in seeing some of the Adbusters uncommercials, they are available on YouTube--as is a CNN interview with Adbusters founder Kalle Lasn. The interviewer is rude and dismissive, actually laughing at him a couple of times. It's almost six minutes of free publicity, though, and it includes one of the uncommercials. I guess anybody who works as a news anchor is going to be very image conscious and is going to have a tough time getting Lasn's message.

If you are interested in reading more about voluntary simplicity/downshifting, may I suggest these books?

Your Money or Your Life by Dominguez and Robin--This book changed my life, even though I'm too lazy to do all the steps! I am on track to be debt-free within three and a half years. I've already paid off the student loans, credit cards, and car, and I am working on the mortgage. I plan to be financially independent by age 40. It makes a huge difference in my stress level, and thanks to Dominguez and Rubin's approach, things that I used to want to buy don't even appeal to me any more, because I know how long I would have to work to afford them. I don't mean to sound like a cult member, but it's a great book.

The Wealthy Barber--Annoying writing style, excellent advice.

Simplify Your Life by Elaine St. James--Practical tips. Not every strategy works for everyone, but everyone can find something useful.

The Plug-in Drug--about television's effects on children.

Unplug the Christmas Machine--how every member of the family can contribute toward a more meaningful, less stressful holiday season.

Wow, this is a long entry, but this topic is so important to me. I'm glad others are interested too.

I hope other journalers will add the names of books they've enjoyed. I'm always looking for good books (and Web sites and documentaries) on this topic.

Sending to Adia next. Enjoy your travels, book!

Journal Entry 11 by rampallion at Controlled Release in Given to a friend, Friend -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, September 20, 2006

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I brought this to the post office today. It's on its way to Adia.

Journal Entry 12 by GorgeousGlo on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
This very morning I listened to Bob Edwards's show on XM Radio, and really enjoyed this segment:

Wednesday, September 20:
Environmental scientist James Lovelock was one of the pioneers of the theory of global warming. His latest book, The Revenge of Gaia, has been compared to such ground-breaking works as "Silent Spring" and "The Diversity of Life."

I am going to look for his book, because what he said was quite sobering. He was asked about Al Gore's movie, "An Inconvenient Truth", and in Dr. Lovelock's opinion Gore is too soft on his predictions. Yikes!

Journal Entry 13 by Adia415 from Cleves, Ohio USA on Saturday, September 23, 2006
The book arrived today safe and sound! I've got about 100 pages of a book that I need to finish for graduate school, and then I'll be jumping straight into this one. Hopefully, I'll make the four-week limit, but if I think I'll be a little longer, I'll let everyone know. Thanks for the invite to the ring, Glo!


Journal Entry 14 by Adia415 from Cleves, Ohio USA on Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I finished this today just under the 4 week limit for the ring. :)

I found the book very enjoyable and appealing. As I expected, though, there wasn't too much new information in there for me. I've personally been working in several of the fields mentioned in the book since college, and I just finished 5 years of work with an environmental education nonprofit that focused on sustainable living. :) I think this is a great book to recommend to someone who is just starting to explore the issues within the book because nothing is too detailed or in-depth. Instead, the authors offer up a bunch of smaller, more easily-digestable snippets of information. I thought it was an easy read with some good humor thrown in. Thanks for thinking of me, Glo!

It'll be mailed off to twinkpuddin this week.

Journal Entry 15 by twinkpuddin from Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Came in the mail yesterday. Have one book ahead of this and then I'll get started!

Journal Entry 16 by twinkpuddin from Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I didn't care for this book all that much. Mostly because I found the tone a little too snarky and the metaphors throughout way too forced. Also, since I've read a number of books on the subject this didn't tell me anything too new. It's a nice surface look at all the aspect of affluenza though and shows how interconnected everything is - would be definitely be good for someone starting out reading about it.

I found myself most interested reading about 30-hour week at Kellogg's as Rampallion mentioned. I think I'd be so much more productive and happier!

Other books not yet mentioned that I've read (although I can't recall exactly how much I enjoyed them):
The Overspent American by Juliet B. Schor
Voluntary Simplicity by Daniel Doherty, Amitai Etzioni
Getting a Life by Jacqueline Blix and David Heitmiller

I have BecFromMD's address and plan to get the book out this week. Thanks GorgeousGlo for sharing!

Journal Entry 17 by twinkpuddin from Seattle, Washington USA on Wednesday, November 15, 2006
In the mail - enjoy!

Journal Entry 18 by BecFromMD from Washington, District of Columbia USA on Sunday, November 26, 2006
This arrived just before Thanksgiving. Thanks to GorgeousGlo et al...I'll start reading today!

12/28/06 update:

I really enjoyed this book. I am one of those people who means well in terms of living simply and taking care of the environment but needs the occasional nudge in the right direction. And this book has a few good, concrete suggestions (not an overwhelming number) for what you can do in your home and your community.

I've PM'd the next in line and will send it off as soon as I get an address. Thanks again! :)

Journal Entry 19 by jenptcfan from Mechanicsville, Virginia USA on Tuesday, January 09, 2007
It was a great day...I came home from work and found 3 books in my mailbox (2 of which are ring/rays). I will start on this asap and will add a new journal note when I finish.

Thanks for passing it on!

Journal Entry 20 by jenptcfan from Mechanicsville, Virginia USA on Saturday, January 13, 2007
I finished this just a minute ago.

I agreed with a great deal of what the authors preached. We are a society obsessed with "stuff". I don't think I'm too badly infected with Affluenza (I passed the test in the book with flying colors!), but there are definitely places where I can strive for improvement.

I did think that the book was preachy at times, like others have said. I especially got annoyed with the way the authors seemed to try to make the reader feel guilty for eating meat. Gee, if cows are so bad for the environment, why don't we just kill them all and then they can't poop anymore and destroy the earth. Seriously though, if one wants to be a vegetarian, that's a fine choice. As for me, I think chickens are especially tasty. :)

The comparison of home sizes, the number of possessions, etc. of 50 years ago vs. today was really interesting. We really are a greedy society.

Thanks for the opportunity to read this book. I will try to employ some of the ideas brought forth like asking myself "do I really need this?" before I buy something.


I will PM the next participant and send this off on Tuesday.

ETA: Mailed via air mail on 1/16/07.

Journal Entry 21 by Kimmi from Kelowna, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
This arrived today with another bookring too! I am in the middle of a book but will get to this one ASAP. My husband is interested in this one too so he'll read it while I finish the other one. Sounds like something we're trying to move towards in our life already. Should be interesting.

Thanks for sharing GorgeousGlo and thanks for mailing it jenptcfan!

(edited to change to GorgeousGlo instead of piggydiva! So sorry!)

Journal Entry 22 by Kimmi from Kelowna, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, February 04, 2007
My husband gave this book a 9 and I give it a 7 so I've rated it an "8" in between!

I found it a bit too full of statistics in the first two sections but the third section certainly motivated me to try to educate others about affluenza as well as what we can do in our home to simplify even more.

We don't have TV and we are "car-free". It's true about the perceived notion of it being "cute" to try to simplify our life. People say that it is a faze and that we will soon see the errors of our ways and go back to TV and driving. I can't see why people feel compelled to judge and mock, we don't meddle in their choices but they feel they can comment on ours. One woman actually berated my husband at work for not having a car!

I found the part about what government can do to be a bit frustrating because I doubt government members are reading this book and agreeing to change national policy. I do think, however, that the Global Warming issue has reached a new high and maybe we will start to see some changes. I certainly hope so!

Phiuff! All that in a book review! Thanks Gorgeousglo for sharing the book. I agree that a book like this needs to be shared. We can all make a difference if we all do our part.

It'll be mailed to oisec tomorrow.

Journal Entry 23 by rem_BPO-303097 on Saturday, February 24, 2007
I received the book about a week ago, but was out partying pretty much the entire time (carneval in my hometown is "quite special" ;-) ).

Anyway, now, after a short interruption of being online (don't you just hate having the flu?), I'm back and can finally "officially" catch the book. I have two more bookrings before this one, but I'll hurry up and will let you know as soon as I started (with an update here). I can't wait to read this book!

Thanks for sharing, GorgeousGlo! Thanks for sending it on, Kimmi!

Update:

Travelling!

Journal Entry 24 by GorgeousGlo on Saturday, May 26, 2007
Oisec said, on 5/17/07:

"Almost done, will send PM to next person today. Took me longer cause it's a rather huge book"

Good thing you are not on The Little Friend's ring then :-)

I have recently read this book, which links nicely with Affluenza (only that Affluenza is so much better in all aspects): click here


Journal Entry 25 by dododumpling from St. Neots, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Monday, October 15, 2007
This book managed to dodge the postal strike and arrived safely with me over the weekend. I should be able to make a start on it soon ... will let you know how it goes!

Journal Entry 26 by dododumpling from St. Neots, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 06, 2007
This was an interesting enough read, albeit at a fairly shallow level. I found most of the advice to be plain common sense; maybe I was expecting more. I was particularly irritated by the statement that According to some trend watchers, at least forty million Americans are ready for recovery programs to beat affluenza. Trend watchers? Recovery programs? Aren't they exactly the types of things that contribute to affluenza?? And I was really irritated by some of the sloppy editing. According to statistics on page 79, there are 156 nations. By the time we reach page 85, there are 210 countries.

But I'm being nit-picky. It was interesting to compare the differences between American and British societies, especially work and its relationship to healthcare provision. And I found myself nodding in agreement with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the way in which everything in our lives - health, diet, travel, work, entertainment - are linked.

I've PMd daemonwolf for an address and hopefully this book will be on its travels again shortly. Thanks for the opportunity to read it, GorgeousGlo!

Update: Posted second class on 9 November.

Journal Entry 27 by rem_DYI-991976 on Monday, November 26, 2007
Arrived today after being misdelivered to another office!

EDIT: Very simplistic, content has been covered better elsewhere. Very disappointing.

Journal Entry 28 by rem_DYI-991976 at book ring in a RABCK, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, January 10, 2008

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I have now got an address so this is in today's post batch - enjoy!

Journal Entry 29 by Vikki from Aomori / 青森市, Aomori-ken Japan on Thursday, January 17, 2008
Arrived today thanks. Looks interesting.

Journal Entry 30 by Vikki from Aomori / 青森市, Aomori-ken Japan on Saturday, February 02, 2008
An interesting read but a little repetative in places. With me they were really preaching to the converted. It frustrates me no end that so many people say they want to change their lives but are either too afraid or don't know how to. The world as we know it won't disappear if everyone stopped consuming mountains of goods/services overnight but it will disappear if we don't stop!

Email sent to Bluestocking88. Book will continue its journey soon.

February 17 - I now have Bluestocking88's address. Will send book off in a few days.

Journal Entry 31 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Saturday, March 01, 2008
This arrived safe and sound in today's mail. I seem to have Ring-affluenza right now as this is the fourth book that arrived in the past three days. I will get to it soon and look forward to more inspiration to resist buying more 'stuff'.

Thanks all for moving it along and to GorgeousGlo for getting this ring started.

Journal Entry 32 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Saturday, April 05, 2008
I am very sorry I have had this for a month. I had a flock of rings wing in last month and am almost done moving them out. I am currently reading it and enjoying it very much. I have to resist the urge to put it down and clean out a closet though. It's a little hectic here this week, but My houseguests will leave and the children's Spring Break will be over in just a couple days and I will be able to get that one night of reading in to finish this book. I am pming NMReader again and again I apologize for holding things up.

Journal Entry 33 by Bluestocking88 from -- Wild released somewhere in the state, Washington USA on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
First, I sincerely apologize for having this for so long. In my defense, it has been the most thought provoking book I have read in years and I have spent a lot of time thinking about how it applies to my life. I am reading it with The Omnivore's Dilemma and am having trouble coming to terms with the costs of ignoring consumerism. I am not a compulsive shopper (except for books that is) I don't consider myself an excessive spender, except for the mortage we live debt free, and I don't think I am all that tempted to keep up with the Joneses, but now I see I still have a lot to work on.

The book's message was important, but an editor would have been nice to weed out typos and some of the preachy language. For some reason the thermometer graphics at the beginning of each chapter annoyed me. I agree with previous posters that a little more middleground would have been more helpful. Seemed like there were either the Joneses vs. the Corporate Attorneys that gave it all away to set up a non-profit organization to help others. What about those of us that aren't feeling quite that motivated?

I see myself viewing purchases differently. I am sorry to say I never considered my role in generating pollution when I buy things I want but don't really need. A pair of earrings looks so small and lovely in the box until I considered the mining operations used to manufacture them. My new pair of shoes is so comfortable, until I stopped to consider the chemicals that went into making them. My house is full of 'stuff' that filters in from everywhere and it is causing me a bit of discomfort after reading this book.

My husband is a workaholic from a line of workaholics. We were discussing this book and the simple question of what do we work FOR, that is what is important to us and how much do we NEED to work to get it, was truly revolutionary to us both. We don't need more, we need less. We have never been big TV watchers, but hearing our children parrot commercials after a few hours of TV last weekend was jarring to both of us. After our talk, my husband did the unthinkable, he started reading this book. Now he reads almost every night, but mainly work related journals--rarely does he read real books. He has started reading this book on his own. I have checked it out from the library so he can keep reading while this copy travels on its ring. Usually I would have just purchased a copy for him, but that just seemed to go against the entire idea behind the book.

We are making the first step in reprioritizing. As a family we have decided to turn off cable TV for six months. There are other electronics (like my best friend the computer and our video game system) but mindless advertising and tinny laugh tracks will be banished for six months. We expect to be letting go of many bins of 'stuff' in our house to make room for the important things in our lives and we will be actively innoculating the children against affluenza. I hope when my kids settle down they will look at this time as a crazy period in the distant past.

Thanks again for sharing. The book is wrapped up and going out in the morning mail to NMReader.

Journal Entry 34 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Wednesday, May 07, 2008
It has arrived

Journal Entry 35 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Friday, July 04, 2008
I really enjoyed this book and it definitely made me think. While I have already started down the path of recovery it is easy to have relapses. This book was a good booster shot and makes me want to reread my books by Don Aslett and Elaine St. James.

I am appreciative that this book was shared and what a better example of how to beat Affluenza then Bookcrossing.

Thank you

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I will drop at the PO while out running errands.

Journal Entry 37 by GrannyAnn from West Henrietta, New York USA on Thursday, July 10, 2008
Received in the mail yesterday. I've already started it.

Thanks for hosting this ring, GorgeousGlo.

Journal Entry 38 by GrannyAnn from West Henrietta, New York USA on Friday, July 25, 2008
There was so much to learn from this book. I was appalled at the amount of resources each one of us uses in the US. And by the fact that our economy is run by consumers!! This is how we got into the whole economic mess we're in. The authors had many useful tips on simplifying our lives and getting rid of the stuff that's choking us.

On its way tomorrow to Canada to continue its travels.

Thanks for offering this very interesting book.

Journal Entry 39 by boomda181 on Friday, August 01, 2008
Arrived in the mail today, my husband told me. As soon as I am home from holidays I will start reading it!


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Yikes! I just realized that I hadn't journalled this book or its release. I must admit, it took my awhile to read this book because I felt it was quite repetitive and sometimes extreme. It did cause me to reflect at times about my own consumption and spending.

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It was sent on its way to Verolyn! Hope you enjoy!

Journal Entry 41 by verolyon from Poissy, Ile-de-France France on Saturday, November 22, 2008
It arrived at my parents' and I picked it up this week-end. Thanks Boomda! I'll try to read it asap, though I have a lot of work and a lot of other books on my mtTBR at the moment.

09.01.07
Just to let you know that it's not stalled, I started reading this book a few days ago and will try to finish it asap.
I already knew most of the questions dealt with but still, some figures are really amazing.

Journal Entry 42 by wingLeishaCamdenwing from Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Saturday, February 21, 2009
This book arrived in my mailbox yesterday and I've already started reading it. Perfect timing - I was looking to start a new nonfiction read this weekend ... ! It's very interesting so far, I could hardly put it down. Thanks for sharing, Glo - and thanks to all the participants for keeping the ring moving. :-) I'll write again when I've finished the book.

Journal Entry 43 by wingLeishaCamdenwing from Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Monday, April 27, 2009
Oh no ... I've been totally forgetting about this book! :-( Shame on me. Thank you, GorgeousGlo, for reminding me! I have finished it but have forgotten to journal it - I'm sorry!!

I enjoyed this book tremendously, I thought it was a very thought-provoking read - although perhaps not a great many thoughts that I had not thought before - well-written and with a lot of interesting facts. A book everyone could benefit from reading in our overconsumption society.

Right now I unfortunately have the flu, so my thought processes aren't up to speed ... There's a lot I could say about this book, but I think I'll have to go back and edit this JE later, when I'm well again. (The good news is that I don't think it can be the swine flu. ;-) I will get lucy-lemon's address and get the book moving again later this week.

Thanks again, Glo!

Journal Entry 44 by wingLeishaCamdenwing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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The book's finally on its way.

Happy reading, lucy-lemon, and all the future readers of this important book.

Journal Entry 45 by lucy-lemon from Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Arrived yesterday, and looks ace. Thanks!

Journal Entry 46 by lucy-lemon from Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Oh my gosh, I am so sorry for hanging on to this book for so long. I was unpacking a box of books this evening and found it,despite being convinced that I had sent it off to someone ages ago.

I really enjoyed the book, and it offered some really interesting insights into commercialisation type stuff. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 47 by lucy-lemon at Charity shop in Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, October 12, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (10/13/2009 UTC) at Charity shop in Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom

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Will be giving to the St Davids Hospice Shop on Lloyd Street.

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