Book Update: Guardian Excerpt! Launch Events!

More news about The Longing for Less, out Jan 21.


My book, The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism, will be published January 21 by Bloomsbury, in bookstores everywhere but also available online if you want to preorder it, which helps me. You can buy it at places including these:

Bloomsbury / Amazon / Indiebound / Barnes and Noble / Books-a-Million

If you’re a journalist, critic, or editor and want to request a hardcover, just email my publicist Katie Boni at

New Excerpt

On Friday, the Guardian newspaper in London published a long excerpt of the book’s first chapter, Reduction. It’s the biggest excerpt that will come out before the book does, and it’s a good glimpse into the interdisciplinary territory the book covers.

The first chapter deconstructs the contemporary trend of minimalism, while the second, third, and forth look at minimalism historically, trying to get back to a more fundamental idea through art, music, and philosophy. People seem to like this line about the illusion of minimalism that devices like the iPhone create:

Launch Events

I’m doing some tour dates after the book comes out! These are the initial stops. Also hoping to plan a date in London and possibly Montreal. If you have any suggestions for another place to go or can help us book a spot, just email me:

New York: Jan 22, Powerhouse Arena, 7 PM

— With Laura Marsh, literary editor of The New Republic (Facebook event here if you want to RSVP)

Washington, DC: Jan 28, Politics & Prose Union Market, 7 PM

Boston: Feb 6, Porter Square Books, 7 PM

— With novelist Miranda Popkey

Los Angeles: Feb 18, Skylight Books, 7:30 PM

San Francisco: Feb 26, Books Inc. Opera Plaza, 7 PM

Hope to see you at one spot or another! And again, shilling, you can and should pre-order the book from one of these links: Bloomsbury / Amazon / Indiebound / Barnes and Noble / Books-a-Million or call your local bookstore and request it.

The limbo between a book getting coverage and actually coming out is torturous! I’m very excited for people to actually be able to read the whole thing. In the meantime I am trying and failing to be chill. Thanks for bearing with me.