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What happens when a graduate of MIT, the bastion of technological advancement, and his bride move to a community so primitive in its technology that even Amish groups consider it antiquated?

Eric Brende conceives a real-life experiment: to see if, in fact, all our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier and better: or whether life would be preferable without them. By turns, the query narrows down to a single question: What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this in mind, the Brendes ditch their car, electric stove, refrigerator, running water, and everything else motorized or hooked to the grid and begin an eighteen-month trial run (one that dramatically changes the way they live) and proves entertaining and surprising to readers.

Better OFF is a smart, often comedic, and always riveting book that also mingles scientific analysis with the human story, demonstrating how a world free of technological excess can shrink stress, and waistlines, and expand happiness, health, and leisure. Our notion that technophobes are backward gets turned on its head as the Brendes realize that the crucial technological decisions of their adopted Minimite community are made more soberly and deliberately than in the surrounding culture, and the result is greater, not lesser, mastery over the conditions of human existence.

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"It will give you a new perspective on your life and will be time well spent." Boston Globe

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What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this question in mind, MIT graduate Eric Brende flipped the switch on technology. He and his wife, Mary, ditched their car, electric stove, refrigerator, running water, and everything else motorized or "hooked to the grid," and spent eighteen months living in a remote community so primitive in its technology that even the Amish consider it antiquated.

Better Off is the story of their real-life experiment to see whether our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier — or whether life would be preferable without them. This smart, funny, and enlightening book mingles scientific analysis with the human story to — and waistlines — and expand happiness, health, and leisure.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Synopsis:

On a mission to prove that modern technological advances make lives more inconvenient and less healthy, Brende and his wife lived for 12 months among an energy-free farming community.

About the Author

Eric Brende has degrees from Yale, Washburn University, and MIT, and has received a Citation of Excellence from the National Science Foundation and a graduate fellowship from the Mellon Foundation in the Humanities. At the insistence of his editor, he now has an e-mail account at the local library but continues to minimize modern technology for himself and his family. Eric and Mary Brende have recently relocated to an old-town section in St. Louis, where Eric makes his living as a rickshaw driver and a soap maker.

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jepeb, April 10, 2011 (view all comments by jepeb)
I am unlikely to purchase this book. It is in a catagory I don't normally purchase. The review however have peaked my interest. I have a couple of friends who might be interested.
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rubisco26, January 20, 2011 (view all comments by rubisco26)
I bought this book used from Powell's about 3 years ago and promptly forgot about it. We were cleaning out a room and moving a lot of books, when I noticed it in a pile and picked it up. What a GREAT READ. Not only is Better Off covering an interesting concept, but it's engaging and well-written too. It's the story of a couple who go live in a community that has chosen to leave electricity, and much machinery behind. Instead they work the land by hand and horse, raise barns as a cohesive community despite religious and social differences, and basically reconnect with fellow humans, the land, and even books. They accomplish this by turning off the T.V. and being mindful about the technologies they allow into their lives. Eric shares a very personal look at his life without coming across as preachy or condescending, which is refreshing to see from a back-to-the-land type book. A word of warning though: make sure to have a whole afternoon/evening/night to read, because once you get going, you won't want to stop.
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rubisco26, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by rubisco26)
This book has inspired me to live more simply. I aspire to go off the grid, and be as self sufficient as possible!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060570057
Author:
Brende, Eric
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Eric Brende
Author:
by Eric Brende
Subject:
General
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Alternative Living
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Simplicity
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
August 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.04x5.34x.70 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060570057 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It will give you a new perspective on your life and will be time well spent."
"Synopsis" by , What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this question in mind, MIT graduate Eric Brende flipped the switch on technology. He and his wife, Mary, ditched their car, electric stove, refrigerator, running water, and everything else motorized or "hooked to the grid," and spent eighteen months living in a remote community so primitive in its technology that even the Amish consider it antiquated.

Better Off is the story of their real-life experiment to see whether our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier — or whether life would be preferable without them. This smart, funny, and enlightening book mingles scientific analysis with the human story to — and waistlines — and expand happiness, health, and leisure.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

"Synopsis" by , On a mission to prove that modern technological advances make lives more inconvenient and less healthy, Brende and his wife lived for 12 months among an energy-free farming community.

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