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New Slow City.

New Slow City

William Powers

New World Library

14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949

9781608682393, $15.95, 272pp,

Synopsis: Burned-out after years of doing development work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina, as recounted in his award-winning memoir "Twelve by Twelve". Could he live a similarly minimalist life in the heart of New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot "micro-apartment" in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a two-day workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly.

Critique: An extraordinary story deftly told from first page to last, "New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City" is an inherently fascinating and informative read. Exceptionally well written and presented, "New Slow City" is especially recommended to the attention of anyone who has ever felt the urge to simplify their life by engaging in a 'less is more' personal style. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections, it should be noted that "New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

Michael J. Carson


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Title Annotation:New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City
Author:Carson, Michael J.
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Feb 1, 2015
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