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"In this book, I relate the pleasures, as well as the virtues and difficulties of a perhaps simpler than average North American life."So begins ecological thinker and writer Stephanie Mills's Epicurean Simplicity, a thoughtful paean to living, like Thoreau, a deliberate life.

Mills's account of the simple life 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 trustworthiness of the senses, a philosophy that Mills wholeheartedly embraces. While later centuries have come to associate Epicurus's name with hedonism, Mills discovered that he extolled simplicity and prudence as the surest means to pleasure, and his thinking offers an important philosophical touchstone for the book.

As the author explains, one of the primary motivations for her pursuit of simplicity is her concern about the impacts of a consumerist lifestyle on the natural world. Mills touches on broad range of topics relating to that issue — social justice, biological extinctions, the global economy, and also more personal aspects such as friendship, the process of country living, the joys of physical exertion, the challenges of a writer's life, and the natural history and seasonal delights of a life lived close to nature. An overarching theme is the destructiveness of consumerism, and how even a simple life affects a wide range of organisms and adds strain to the earth's systems. The author uses her own experience as an entry point to the discussion with a self-effacing humor and lyrical prose that bring big topics to a personal level.

Epicurean Simplicityis beautifully crafted, fluid, inspiring, and enlightening, examining topics of critical importance that affect us all. It celebrates the pleasures, beauty, and fulfillment of a simple life, a goal being sought by Americans from all walks of life, from harried single parents to corporate CEOs. For fans of natural history or personal narrative, for those concerned about social justice and the environment, and for those who have come to know and love Stephanie Mills through her speaking and writing, Epicurean Simplicityis a rare treasure.

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"Epicurean Simplicity is beautifully crafted, fluid, inspiring, and enlightening, examining topics of critical importance that affect us all. For fans of natural history or personal narrative, for those concerned about social justice and the environment, and for those who have come to know and love Stephanie Mills through her speaking and writing, "Epicurean Simplicity is a rare treasure.

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Stephanie Mills has been engaged in the ecology movement for more than thirty years, and in 1996 was named by Utne Reader as one of the world's leading visionaries. Her books include Whatever Happened to Ecology? (Sierra Club Books, 1989), In Service of the Wild (Beacon Press, 1995), and Turning Away from Technology (Sierra Club Books, 1997). A prolific writer and speaker on issues of ecology and social change, Mills lives in the Great Lakes Bioregion in the Upper Midwest.

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gjnielsen, December 23, 2008 (view all comments by gjnielsen)
I just had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Mills. The older I get, the more I find myself trying to get back to my roots, to the land, to do more with less. Ms. Mills is an extraordinary example of living what she writes.

Although I will never accomplish what she has, I hope my small steps will have some impact on the future of the world, for my children and grandchildren.

Keep up the good work. And I will pass along the lessons I am learning along the way.
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ISBN:
9781559636902
Author:
Mills, Stephanie
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Biology-Reference
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Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.75 in

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