Book Review: Give It Up

Give It Up: My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less by Mary Carlomagno

Recommended for a spring or commuter read

Give It UP is the memoir of the author, Mary’s, year as she decides to give up one thing per month. From alcohol to newspapers she talks about her own surprising reactions, her developing and changing relationship with the world and people around her, and her decisions on whether to go back to her consumption or not.

Mary likens these months to Lent. Some of her changes bring light issues she hadn’t noticed, such as weight gain from pina coladas. Other changes have deeper meanings, like becoming aware of the emergency exits by taking the stairs. (Which leads to a quick reaction on September 11th.)

Overall, our fashionista’s lifestyle changes are told in an easy and conversational style. Unlike other books of this kind, she isn’t preachy and not once did I feel the need to physically shake her until her teeth rattled.

This is a quick day’s read, perfect for the subway or a lazy spring day on the back deck.


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