Raised in the tumult of Japan’s industrial powerhouse, the 11 men and women profiled in A Different Kind of Luxury have all made the transition to sustainable, fulfilling lives. Based on Andy Couturier's popular articles in The Japan Times, this lushly designed volume has a wealth of stories about real people who have created an abundance of time for contemplation, connecting with the natural world, and contributing to their communities. In their success is a lesson for us all: live a life that matters. Read an excerpt of the book here or here. Read a review of the book here, here, or here.

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Humble But Deep Review

Autumn L., from Bellingham, Washington has sent me her review of the book.

[I've maintained her lack of capitalization in order to preserve the "timbre" (if you will) of her comments]

a different kind of luxury has touched me subtly and profoundly.  it has been a salient reminder to feel the satisfaction and merriment in the long haul of life, the many tiny tasks that make up a day.  i am remembering to enjoy the dish soap suds on my hands for instance before i put my pen to the page, to taste the piquant surprise of asian pear for appetizer, and, to rest.  the world will still be there after sleep.  a different kind of luxury has helped me be present.  i have been sitting and watching my thoughts in the morning.  stretching langorously.  running with breath rhythm.  cooking and savoring meals.  accepting the relatively little money i have for the freedom that affords me.  biking more than driving.  playing more than working.  maybe the stories and suggestions of the book already appealed to me before i even read them, but now that i have, they're helping give me that little jiggle into transcending the prosaic and mundane by doing prosaic and mundane things.

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