Living Large: From SUVs to Double Ds---Why Going Bigger Isn't Going Better
Supersizing has become an American way of life. We have XXL cars, homes, and waistlines. We built the world’s tallest monument. We get the largest breast implants. We’re home to the world’s largest retailer, sports stadiums, and office building. But with a deep recession and our nation’s leaders urging us to reassess the impact of our daily lives, it has become impossibl
I found it interesting that she used people she knows as examples. I wonder if her friendships with her friend that owns the McMansion & the friend that owns an obnoxiously large diamond engagement ring lasted after the book was released & they read her opinions of their choices of going bigger.
Her friend with the huge diamond ring talks about how uncomfortable it is when someone stares at her ring or makes comments about how big it is. She finds i ...more
The thing I liked about this book was that the author not only shares the history of such large manifestations of our culture as McMansions, Megachurches, breast implants, Hummers, the Mega Mall, Big box stores and giant roadside attractions, she a ...more
I didn't finish this book -- I read part of it in NYC when I was sta ...more
Wexler takes a hands on approach to research and test drives a Hummer, tours her friend's McMansion in the suburbs, attends a megachurch, spends 24 hours at the Mall of America, visits a landf ...more
A modern social history/opinion piece about largeness in the US (from McMansions, Breast Implants, Hummers and Shopping Malls).
Not as cerebral or encompassing as In Cheap We Trust (by another author, which outlined the history of frugality in the US), but never-the-less, an interesting, but light read.