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Who better than a professional clutter and space control expert to write about doing with less? Serially, during the course of a year, Carlomagno gave up alcohol, newspapers, shopping, dining out, taxis, cell phones and television for one month each. Writing in an easy, anecdotal style, she describes what she gained from each sacrifice. While forsaking alcohol during January, for example, she became aware of the peer pressure to drink. Subsequently, Carlomagno ordered her favorite dirty martini only when she really desired one. In April she ceased her daily reading of the New York Times and found a new appreciation for poetry; she also joined a reading group. A July spent abstaining from TV and videos allowed time for nightly walks, listening to music and completing chores around her apartment-activities that had previously been crammed into the weekend. Carlomagno's reactions to her renunciations, which overall, she feels, enriched her emotionally, make for entertaining reading, although only those who can afford such indulgences as dining out frequently will be able to enjoy the luxury of doing without them. Agent, Marly Rusoff. (On sale Dec. 27) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Just in time for New Year's resolutions comes Carlomagno's journal of sequential abstinence. Tired of stress and an overscheduled lifestyle, this founder of Order, a company that specializes in clutter control, decided to simplify her life one month at a time by eliminating things that she could do without (e.g., alcohol, shopping, and cursing). Though more difficult to accomplish than she originally thought, her year of living with less gave way to an awareness and enjoyment of the simple things. Inspirational and thought-provoking, this book is recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"Book for a Better Life" selection--Timeonline.com
"Mary Carlomagno's warm, humorous, best-friendly guide into the intimidating world of self-control proves that denial isn't punishment and that less really can be more."--Barrie Dolnick, author of Instructions for Your Discontent and Enlighten Up
"Inspirational and thought provoking"--Library Journal
"Refreshing, inspiring, and honest, Give It Up! reminds us of just how much better off we are with a little less. One book I'm not going to be 'giving up' anytime soon."--Nicole Williams, author of Earn What You're Worth: A Wildly Sophisticated Approach to Investing in Your Career and Yourself
Mary Carlomagno s warm, humorous, best-friendly guide into the intimidating world of self-control proves that denial isn t punishment and that less really can be more. --Barrie Dolnick, author of Instructions for Your Discontent and Enlighten Up"
Inspirational and thought provoking --Library Journal"
Book for a Better Life selection--Timeonline.com"
Refreshing, inspiring, and honest, Give It Up! reminds us of just how much better off we are with a little less. One book I m not going to be giving up anytime soon. --Nicole Williams, author of Earn What You're Worth: A Wildly Sophisticated Approach to Investing in Your Career and Yourself"

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