Living Large : From SUVs to Double Ds, Why Going Bigger Isn't Going Better
by Sarah Z. Wexler

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312540258
  • ISBN-10: 0312540256
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publish Date: October 2010
  • Page Count: 231

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-08-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Wexler, a staff writer for Allure magazine, spent three years on the road, investigating America's worship at "the Church of Stuff." Wexler dives into America's new normal where bigger is better and our landscape is dominated by starter castles, Barbie boobs, megachurches and megamalls, jumbo engagement rings, mammoth cars, and landfills visible from space. By turns horrified, tempted, incredulous, guilt-ridden, mystified, and captivated by these excesses, Wexler approaches her subject with a compassion born of her own complicity (she's an SUV driver and enjoys her shopping). Though the book covers increasingly familiar postrecession "the party's over" territory with the depth of an extended magazine piece, Wexler brings a friendly first-person perspective to her study of surfeit and of the psychology behind our compulsion to consume and squander, why "living large" is defended by some as our "God-given right as Americans" and in other cases, might be downright unavoidable. (Nov.)

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