How does a man get past his past?
How does someone deal with the emotions that surround the loneliness of loss—loss of direction, loss of identity, loss of purpose, loss of passion, loss of home, loss of career, loss of love, loss of loved ones, loss of life, loss of self?
Jody Grafton is a man who cannot find anything meaningful in his past—29 years of lust, self-indulgence, and solipsism.
As he approaches 30, Grafton’s career as a singer-songwriter falls apart: he loses his record deal, his money, his fame—even his desire to create new music. While he stares at the rubble of his one-hit-wonder musical career, his mother is diagnosed with lung cancer, and his marriage ends abruptly.
As his 20’s twilight, Grafton leaves his native Ohio to search for answers in the most unlikely of places: Bed-Stuy Brooklyn.
What does it mean to be human? How does a person find meaning in his or her life when everything’s falling apart?
This collection of short stories is about much more than just a few simple stories. It’s about dealing with loneliness and discontent while balancing hope and despair; it’s about trying to escape a past that won’t go away. Ultimately, it’s about finding meaning in a meaningless life.
The first four stories in this collection were all written by Joshua Fields Millburn. As a bonus, three stories from three talented young writers—Colin Wright, Chase Night, and Mark D. Robertson—are included in this book.
The seven stories in this collection vary drastically, but they all share one thing in common: each story is about what it’s like to be a human being during incredibly complex times.
There is wreckage in the rearview. Jody Grafton feels like his world is ending. After months of struggle, he attempts to put the pieces of his life back together the only way he knows how: through music.
Days after the Crash is a short novella about a troubled man struggling to
reconcile the demons of his past. To fade the scars of the last decade, Jody Grafton must face his self-inflicted wounds head-on if he plans to discover a brighter future on the horizon. But does he have the strength to piece his life back together?
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What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn’t anymore.
Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism…and everything started to change.
That was four years ago. Since, Millburn, now 32, has embraced simplicity. In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory
consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career.
So, when everything was gone, what was left? Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.
At age 30, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus left their six-figure corporate careers, jettisoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on life’s most important aspects. And they never looked back.
This book’s explores Joshua and Ryan’s backgrounds, their troubled pasts, and their eventual spiral into depression. It discusses why the authors didn’t feel fulfilled by their careers and why they turned to society’s idea of living:
working ridiculous hours, wastefully spending money, living paycheck to paycheck. Instead of finding their passions, they pacified themselves with ephemeral indulgences, inducing a cocaine-like high that didn’t last far past the checkout line.
And then, after a set of life-changing events, they discovered minimalism, which allowed Joshua and Ryan to eliminate life’s excess and focus on the essential things in life.
$1 ESSAY COLLECTIONS
At age 30, Joshua Fields Millburn left his six-figure career, ditched most of his material possessions, and started focusing on life’s most important aspects. Once he embraced his newfound minimalist lifestyle, he never went back.
Suffice it to say, everything has changed in Millburn’s life in the last three years. After his mother died in October 2009 and his marriage ended a month later, he began questioning everything in his life: his material possessions, his career,
his goals, his health, his relationships, his path in life. Soon he discovered minimalism.
In the three years since the author adopted a minimalist lifestyle, he has written about his journey, his failures, his lessons, and everything he has learned during his transformation.
A Day in the Life of a Minimalist is a collection of his best, most important individual writings—rethought and edited specifically for this collection.
The best of The Minimalists, a collection of their most important collaborative writings. Simplicity: Essays is The Minimalists’ fifth book and second essay collection, a follow-up to their bestselling book Essential Essays.
In the two years since the authors quit their six-figure corporate jobs and embraced simpler lives, they have written more than 200 essays on the subject of simple living.
This 152-page book contains 46 edited and revised essays about living a meaningful life with less stuff, including “Getting Rid of Gifts,” “Asking Friends & Family to Embrace Change,” and “I Am Not the Center of the Universe.”
It also includes a special forward by The Minimalists and two unpublished essays that can’t be found anywhere else: “Simplicity” and “The Worst Christmas Ever.”
Essential Essays is an edited collection of 29 of Joshua and Ryan’s favorite essays about living a more meaningful life with less stuff. This 133-page collection also contains a special forward by Joshua and Ryan, as well as two bonus essays you can’t find anywhere else.
The book is organized into seven interconnected themes: Living in the Moment, Emotional Health, Growth,