Political Frugality - Review
It is hard to specify exactly what genre Larry Roth's new
book can fall into. Political, frugal living, gay rights, taking
care of the body and more are covered in Political Frugality -
Guerrilla Economics for the Demonized, Devalued and
Larry was a high income-earner who gave it up to be a
relaxed gardener; he exercises, eats right and lives frugally.
This retired professional walks-the-walk, and raises several
interesting points of view on society and communities.
Discussions on how we dictate each other's belief system
to one another without even realizing what we are doing
were definitely thought provoking. Larry also brings to light
the unrealistic discrimination that still slides in and out of
our daily lives - and we find this normal.
I found the author's ideas on social security just fantastic.
When you think about it, where does our money go if we die
early and are not married? For that matter, why should the
spouse left behind be penalized by receiving only a portion
of the mate's coverage?
The true cost of climbing the social ladder is certainly a
point well made by Larry and his thoughts on how
consumerism is a vote with the wallet is enlightening. He
talks about corporations that build items without
replaceable parts or limited availability in order to force
more consumer spending. According to Larry, it does not
have to be like this.
Although Political Frugality begins a little heavy and political
for my tastes, just past these first few pages the real life
stories will entertain and shock the reader. Larry's
nightmare situation with the credit bureau is pretty shocking.
This is not another "victim of fraud" story folks, but rather a
bureaucratic goof taken to an extreme!
Larry also makes some excellent arguments for the benefits
of walking. It can be so much more than frugal and
responsible transportation, exercise and meditation - it can
actually bond communities. How? I can't tell you here, you'll
have to read the book to find out!
So many beliefs and views on issues were similar to my
own that I found myself thinking "Exactly!" repeatedly. Larry
certainly brings attention to some very ironic and illogical
social issues. Folks that read Political Frugality will learn
new ideas on how to live in a more socially and fiscally
Author: Larry Roth
Illustrated by: Andy Dandino
Publisher: Living Cheap Press
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Creative Nonfiction: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Research Nonfiction: The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
Poetry: Look by Solmaz Sharif
Young Adult: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Translation: Confessions by Rabee Jaber, translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid
Journalism: The White Flight of Derek Black by Eli Saslow
Drama: Roe, by Lisa Loomer
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"In 2014, the city selected the Fifth Avenue Committee to undertake the novel task of redeveloping the Sunset Park branch. There, an eight-story building will rise, with the first two floors dedicated to a library 75 percent larger than the one there now. The floors above will have 49 apartments, all of which will be rented to low- and middle-income families in perpetuity.
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