S4L Book Club – Cheap

So who has read Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture? And who’s ready to discuss it?

I am so glad to have read this again, and I hope someone else has read it, too, because I really want to discuss it. As the holiday season approaches, and as we’re bombarded with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday bargains, this is a great time to step back and look at some of the realities and consequences.

Even if you don’t want to discuss the book, I do hope you’ll read it.

But I hope you’ll want to discuss it, too.


Categories: Reading

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  1. Sorry, Jen, I haven’t read it. Something has been otherwise occupying most of my time! I’m interested to hear about it, though!

  2. You have one of the best excuses available. Unfortunately, so do all my regular reading friends, I think. Well…they don’t have your excuse, but they have very good ones of their own.

    Thanks for letting me know.

  3. Now you’ve got my interest piqued about this excuse! (But I know that I’m being nosy, now.)

    I’m sorry, Jen, but I just can’t get myself into non-fiction books (unless they’re biographies or memoirs). They read too much like textbooks to me.

  4. Hi, I have started to read the book, and I will be able to discuss it in December???

    My slurking excuses:
    2) a week in Paris
    3)this morning after my 1 night at home I woke up feeling like I am going to have a cold /fever (get ill, the nosy stuff in winter time, you know)
    4)And there is the big Shiba event next weekend that I have to prepare something for, even though I will not be at the stand/boot or show (too much noise and people)
    5) Stitching bookmarks for my little exhibition at the local library in Desember. A little teaser for you. Jen will post more about this later 😉

    My priority list:#1 and #5 and #4. Then I read the yellow book.

    Just a question:
    I am a little bit curious about this expression form Shelly:

    “They read too much like textbooks to me.”

    I think I know the meaning, like a book from the school?

    I find it a puzzle that it is not a contrast like this: textbooks versus picturebooks ;-D

    And to me literary/wordly all novels are textbooks 😉
    I like the way that we can use words as pictures for something else. It makes words more fun and communication much harder.

    By the way: Thank you Jen for using idioms in blog posts and mails and describing them to me at the same time!

    And next year in January we go for a “Slow” living kind of mood book!

    Best regards from Harriet

  5. Lucky Kat and Lucky Alyson! Congratulations and please Take good care of you both!

    Tomorrow I am going to take photograps of a 20 days old boy and his parents. They were both here two weeks before the birth as well, so this is part of their series of images. The pregnancy was in low key, and perhaps they want images in high key as well for the baby?

    Anyway, just no NaNo writing this weekend, sigh!
    Best regards from Harriet

  6. @ Kat- she is gorgeous! I’ve been peeking at pictures on facebook. COngratulations.
    @Harriet- your excuses sound like a lot of fun (well, so does Kat’s-but you are probably getting more sleep!) You are absolutely right that all books are text books compared to picture books, but you understood the common usage well.
    I’m afraid that textbooks are about all I am reading at the time, though I do have some time for listening while I’m driving. Not sure right now if I will be a reader/participant or on the fringes again.
    I must admit that I am more drawn by fiction, especially at this point. Shelly have you read FIrst Family? It is a new biography of JOhn and Abigail Adams based mostly on their correspondence. Very good!

  7. @ Jen–I don’t own an iPod or MP3 player, but I could easily borrow one of the kids’.

    @ Becca–Thanks for the tip! Sounds like a good read.