Digging Through America's Love Affair With Stuff

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When journalist and author Alison Stewart was confronted with emptying her late parents' overloaded basement, a job that dragged on for months, it got her thinking: How did it come to this? Why do smart, successful people hold on to old Christmas bows, chipped knick-knacks, and books they will likely never reread? Junk details Stewart's three-year investigation into America's stuff. Stewart rides along with junk removal teams like Trash Daddy, Annie Haul, and Junk Vets. She goes backstage at Antiques Roadshow, and learns what makes for compelling junk-based television with the executive producer of Pawn Stars. And she even investigates the growing problem of space junk—23,000 pieces of manmade debris orbiting the planet at 17,500 mph, threatening both satellites and human space exploration. But it's not all dire. Readers will also learn that there are creative solutions to America's crushing consumer culture. The author visits with Deron Beal, founder of FreeCyle, an online community of people who would rather give away than throw away their no-longer-needed possessions. She spends a day at a Repair Café, where volunteer tinkerers bring new life to broken appliances, toys, and just about anything. Junk is a delightful journey through 250-mile-long yard sales, resale shops, and packrat dens, both human and rodent, that for most readers will look surprisingly familiar.
Publisher: 2016
Edition: 1
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 6662 KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 7927 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781613730560


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Apr 06, 2017

Author investigated the psychology of why we hoard, junk removing business, how cute actual pack rat animal compared to regular rat, space junk, junk/antique/recycling tv shows to refurbishing item stores for budget minded consumers.
Good timely offbeat book.

Dec 30, 2016

An interesting book about accumulating stuff (junk), and how we feel about it, buy it, sell it, pawn it, appraise it, store it, hoard it, recycle it, shed tears over it, and throw it away. Makes you almost want to get up and start sorting out those old boxes in the basement...almost. Even a very enlightening chapter on problems with all the junk that is now orbiting Earth.

Dec 09, 2016

As an organizer and purger whose habits are really genetic, not virtues, I find this subject fascinating. Some people are compulsive and form relationships with stuff that they cannot break. The author examines the subject from a variety of interesting angles--most people will find some angles in this book of interest to them. Whether you hoard or are a minimalist, there will be something in this book that appeals to you and no doubt comforts you.


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