The Man Who Quit Money (Paperback)
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Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Green Book Festival
Mark Sundeen's new book, "The Unsettlers," is coming in January 2017 from Riverhead Books
In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his life savings-all thirty dollars of it-in a phone booth. He has lived without money-and with a newfound sense of freedom and security-ever since. The Man Who Quit Money is an account of how one man learned to live, sanely and happily, without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent. Suelo doesn't pay taxes, or accept food stamps or welfare. He lives in caves in the Utah canyonlands, forages wild foods and gourmet discards. He no longer even carries an I.D. Yet he manages to amply fulfill not only the basic human needs-for shelter, food, and warmth-but, to an enviable degree, the universal desires for companionship, purpose, and spiritual engagement. In retracing the surprising path and guiding philosophy that led Suelo into this way of life, Sundeen raises provocative and riveting questions about the decisions we all make, by default or by design, about how we live-and how we might live better.
About the Author
Mark Sundeen is the author of Car Camping. He graduated from Stanford University in 1992 with a degree in English and later moved to Moab, Utah. He earned a master's degree from the University of Southern California. In 2004 he worked as a blogger for Howard Dean's presidential campaign and assisted in the running of Peter Deutsch's senatorial campaign website. He instructs Outward Bound programs and teaches college-level creative writing courses in addition to writing. He lives in Montana and Utah.