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Sept. 24, 2020

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Check It Out: Books bring back simplicity

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I don’t know about you, but I could use more simplicity in my life. How convenient then that today happens to be National Simplicity Day. Whether it’s too much stuff, too much information, or too many thoughts clogging the gray cells, I need less — of so many things. Henry David Thoreau felt this way, and I thought it would be very appropriate to include books by and about Thoreau in today’s reading list. It’s been many years since I read “Walden” — maybe for you, too — so consider revisiting his works, or discover his writing for the first time.

There are many books about how to bring simplicity into your life, covering a wide range of subjects from simplifying your home to bringing the power of simplicity to your parenting skills. Below is just a small selection of titles on this subject, so be sure to search our online catalog at for more ideas.

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone – Henry David Thoreau

• “The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere” by Pico Iyer.

• “Henry David Thoreau: A Life” by Laura Dassow Walls.

• “The Simplicity of Stillness Method: 3 Steps to Rewire Your Brain, Heal Your Body, and Access Your Highest Potential” by Marlise Karlin.

• “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids” by Kim John Payne.

• “Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More” by Courtney Carver.

• “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers; Walden, or Life in the Woods; The Maine Woods, Cape Cod” by Henry David Thoreau.