Jay Heinrichs, with the collaboration of the editors of Yankee magazine, has pulled together a wry, sensible, and funny guide book for taking control of your life, making prudent judgments, and changing the way you approach life for more satisfaction and more fun. This is not a book of cute, homespun, nostalgic aphorisms. The author lives in the real world and understands that the rest of us do too. As a result, this is one of the more readable self-help books I've seen in many years. It's also deeply inspiring. With straightforward language and amusing illustrative stories throughout, you can't read Heinrichs's book without feeling that you can make some significant and helpful changes in the way you look at and live your life.
Note: There is some highlighting in this book, otherwise it is in like-new condition!
Yankee" and "simple" go well together for a reason: Many of our forebears led complex lives and made them look simple. Daniel Webster drew crowds of fifty thousand as the nation's top trial lawyer and diplomat-and still found time for a daily nap on a park bench across the street from the White House. Runaway apprentice Benjamin Franklin juggled a printing business, electricity experiments, best-selling books, and diplomacy-while fomenting American independence. And Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin and helped turn a nation against slavery-with six children underfoot. Like these notable Yankees, how can we spend less time on boring stuff that doesn't make us healthier, wealthier, or wiser, and find more time for what we love-playing with our kids, pursuing worthy work, reading, or (like Webster) napping? How can we foment independence (our own!)?
We all have a little Yankee in us. This quirky, step-by-step guide helps you take the best of all things Yankee-ingenuity, thrift, idealism, and a generous dollop of individualism-and create a life that reflects the disciplines and comforts you value. Because when it comes right down to it, the simple life looks a lot like home-the way you've always dreamed it could be.