18th out of 28 books — 7 voters
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In this account of a simple life, Stephanie Mills reaches deep into classical sources of pleasure - good food, good health, good friends and particularly the endless delights of the natural world. Her musings about the life she desires - and the life she has created - ultimately led her to the third century Greek philosopher Epicurus, whose philosophy was premised on the t ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 10th 2003 by Island Press
(first published February 1st 2002)
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I waiver between two and three stars on this book. It had parts that were interesting and deeply engaging, and then I felt like the author would rapidly shift out into somewhat self-indulgent discussion of living simply and Epicurean philosophy. Her description of the natural world and the stories from her past are what kept me on until the end. I think that I expected something from this book that it was not meant to deliver - a more nature-centered memoir. While nature/memoir is one of my most ...more
I'm rereading this book as I just bought the hard cover edition, because I think every day about the simpler life inspired so beautifully in this book, and, since 2002, I've made progress in adapting simplicity, through my own efforts and serendipitous circumstance. Stephanie Mills is a gifted writer, and a stalwart supporter of the Great Lakes bioregion, and one of the women I admire most.
I thought this book was going to be amazing, but it came off as rather contrived. Reminded me of all the city people who have vacation houses in my town and think that they are rugged people. I'm sure that's an unfair judgement, but the style of this book was so off-balance with the content that I found myself irritated and I put it down after the first half.
Stephanie Mills is an author, lecturer and longtime bioregionalist. Her books include Tough Little Beauties, Epicurean Simplicity, and In Service of the Wild.More about Stephanie Mills...