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December 12, 2008 by Reader's Connection

Are you frightened by the idea of living within 140 square feet? Does that seem extreme? Don’t close this blog because of just one title. Central Library’s Julie Able has gathered some books about smaller dwelling places–and simplified lives in general. Living with less may indeed be a part of your future (okay, my future, I’ll speak for myself) and these authors encourage us to do it comfortably, meaningfully.


The Way of the Small

The Way of the Small: Why Less Is Really More








Simple Prosperity

Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle








The Simple Home

The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough







 Just Enough House

Just Enough House: Creating All the Home You Want with Just the Space You Need








The Secrets of Simplicity

The Secrets of Simplicity: Learning to Live Better with Less








The Power of Less

The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential







 Small and Chic

Small and Chic: High Style for Small Spaces








The Art of Simplicity

The Art of Simplicity: A Simple Guide to Focusing on the Essentials of the Heart







Put Your Life on a Diet

Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Lived from Living in 140 Square Feet








The Not So Big House

The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live








The Not So Big House Home by Design

The Not So Big House Home by Design








Little House on a Small Planet

Little House on a Small Planet: Simple Homes, Cozy Retreats, and Energy Efficient Possibilities



  1. Carole Yeend says:

    I am eager to read these books for I believe they will hold the answers to the next stage of my life. My present home feels constipated with “stuff” althought I have yet to determine how to sort out and eliminate. My energy is stifled and/or drained by it. Simple homes, Cozy retreats, and Energy efficient really apeals to me. Thanks for this list.

  2. Hilda Harris says:

    I would like to check out all those books. And subscribe to your feed. How is that done?

  3. Peg McKinney says:

    I also wanted to put holds on all these books, but tried to limit myself to what I could read over Christmas break. Loved the image of a home feeling constipated with stuff.
    One book I might add to the list is “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui” by Karen Kingston. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Glenn Halberstadt says:

    Thanks for your comments. In response to Hilda Harris’s question: the link for subscribing to the Reader’s Connection feed is in the right-hand column of this blog, at the bottom of the menu of options. If you click on “Posts RSS” you’ll be given the chance to subscribe.

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