Affluenza

Affluenza

The All-Consuming Epidemic

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Revised edition of a bestseller—over 75,000 copies sold Updated throughout with startling new facts and new material, including the first-ever "Affluenza Fever Index" and a new foreword by Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life Uses a whimsical disease metaphor to explore the serious negative consequences of the obsessive quest for more and more possessions The first edition of Affluenza touched a national nerve. It was named one of the eight best nonfiction books of 2001 by Detroit Free Press. The mayor of Telluride, Colorado urged residents to read it and passed out "IÕm reading Affluenza" buttons at city council meetings. York University in Pennsylvania and Boise State University gave copies to every freshman. Based on two acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment by the obsessive quest for material gain. Like any medical report, Affluenza begins by detailing the symptoms of the disease. Chapters with titles like Swollen Expectations, A Rash of Bankruptcies, Chronic Congestion, and An Ache for Meaning detail the many negative consequences of our societyÕs compulsive desire to acquire. If it turns out you do have the bug—the book includes a self-diagnosis test so you can find out—the authors detail a number of treatments that offer hope for recovery. This edition features a new introduction and foreword, updated facts and figures, and new material on topics like the impact of stress and overwork, the voluntary simplicity and Take Back Your Time Day movements, and new ways of looking at wealth, as well as the first-ever "Affluenza Fever Index" that assesses the state of affluenza today. Engaging and accessible, Affluenza shows that the good life isnÕt about how many goods you have.
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781605096483
9781605096476
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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sarahblossom
Mar 21, 2014

This gets two stars for topic - the excess of American consumer culture and how is making us all miserable. I couldn't finish this book for reasons of style. The first quarter of the book simply ticks off statistic after statistic supporting this central tenet. (I can practically hear Amy Goodman's voice in my head grimly detailing how the size of SUVs has increased over the years...) Sure, the authors like to repeat the term "affluenza" a zillion times in the course of the book - clever at first, but it becomes grating. What bothers me most though is that I'm not getting the sense that there is a lot of curiousity here about WHY people behave this way or WHAT can be done about it, but I'll admit to putting this thing down after reading just a quarter of it. Perhaps it is simply outdated? The Great Recession changed a lot in the US - last I heard SUV sales are WAY down, same with home sizes, and people are moving away from the suburbs and back to the cities! This book might be good for you if the concept of intentional living is new, but at this stage in the game for me, it is pretty elementary, dated stuff.

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LibrarianMan
Mar 25, 2010

Great book based the DVD of the same name. Good critique of overconsumerism of North American lifestyle. A call to volunteer simplicity

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