Thursday, September 08, 2011
Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness by Dominique Browning, part of September's BlogHer Book Club found its way across my desk a few weeks.
The book tells the story of a high profile New York magazine editor who loses her job and learns how to live the slow life and appreciate the small things, during the downtime of unemployment. It's a simple, kind of sweet read, that I read in a few sittings. The concept is great, and it would be a great work of fiction. As a work of fiction, it's a bit profound and insightful.
The problem however? Well, it isn't fiction. After three years of a depressed economy, there are few people I've met that can take a year off and learn to live the slow life, much less have multiple houses and large savings plans to do this. It's hard to relate to a lot of what is written, simply because the luxury to enjoy a year off, to not worry about finances, to have a choice of which home to keep, just isn't an option for the average working person who loses a job. It's hard to relate to what the author was saying when, in the long run, her worries aren't the average person's worries.
Have you read Slow Love? What did you think? Did you find it relatable?
Join me and others on BlogHer as we discuss the book.