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A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy Hardcover – Oct 28 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (Oct. 28 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143124714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143124719
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Sarah Lazarovic is a writer, illustrator, and artist based in Toronto. She is the founding editor of the popular website torontoist.com.

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Format: Hardcover
This was a very quick read and I was really hoping for more from this book. Half of it was just talking about items of clothing she owned as a teenager. She does give some good advice about purchasing items that are ethical and of good quality and to not make impulse purchases by taking time to research items and really consider them.

In honour of the advice in this book, my honest opinion is to take an extra twenty minutes in the bookstore and just read it there.
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Format: Hardcover
“Waste not, want not.” The old adage lies at the centre of Sarah Lazarovic's graphic reflection on consumer culture. Memoir, catalogue and manifesto in one, "A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy" uses lightheartedness to convey a serious message: You are what you buy.

Lazarovic writes that, growing up in Florida, she experienced exposure to “so much pretty, shiny stuff” that the feeling of “want” permeated her childhood even though she never lacked. As a teenager, she shopped impulsively for clothes and once spent her entire allowance on flowered boxers from The Gap. She paints this phase as a gruesome addiction, which continued until 2006 when she realized she purchased “far too much crap” on the Internet and decided to kick her shopping habit by not buying any clothes for a year.

Lazarovic paints each item of clothing she resists, forming a compendium of coveted goods. She does not suggest an epiphany but, in an ode to Michael Pollen and the slow food movement, coins the mantra: “Buy clothes. Not too many. Mostly quality.” Always juxtaposing self-deprecating descriptions with sobering, universal statements, the book points to overabundance, not scarcity as the problem with our current economy. In a society where advertising and packed store shelves abound, each consumer has to choose how to interact with the overkill.
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HASH(0xa220d978) out of 5 stars Great holiday gift! Oct. 29 2014
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This creative, artistic book, which arrives without a book jacket, hits home. Written in grade-school-like handwriting, it humorously gets to the root of the spending problem most of us have in a society that visually bombards us constantly with things to buy--a problem exacerbated by the Internet. Yet, it provides practical solutions in a fun, but well-researched way around colorful illustrations. It's definitely a lot more entertaining than simply being told to budget!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa220dbc4) out of 5 stars totally original and inspired. Oct. 29 2014
By nick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Amazing book for anyone interested in the discussion of the role clothing plays in our lives. As a child of the era of cheap clothing, the rise of H&M and Forever21, I found this book entirely relatable and also, enlightening. Made me think of all the issues of consumerism I deal with everyday.

Most importantly: its beautiful and digestable. Zipped right through. Great holiday gift for your girlfriends or sisters!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa220de04) out of 5 stars A fun and beautifully illustrated book Oct. 29 2014
By Sarah Quinlan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A fun and beautifully illustrated book, very unique and distinct in the way that it is formatted, with an extremely relevant message -- it really made me think about why and how I spend money, which I think is definitely useful in today's economy! I think it would be perfect as a little holiday gift for family and friends!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa220e09c) out of 5 stars A beautifully designed book with a simple and valuable premise Oct. 28 2014
By Pico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I loved the illustrations and design of this book, but it was the simple message that got to me. I came away with real, useful tips for rethinking the way I shop, and for being selective of the things I keep around me. This book is a keepsake I do recommend purchasing, and passing on to friends.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa220e390) out of 5 stars Great read! Oct. 29 2014
By Haley Baron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Very cute, quirky and fun! An easy ready that had me laughing and showing friends the beautiful artwork. A playful take on how to move away from buying (and wanting!) everything you see to thinking mindfully about how/why/what we purchase.


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