Mark Sundeen, The Unsettlers

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Mark Sundeen The Unsettles Bookshop Santa Cruz

Online ordering has ended for this event. If you cannot attend, but would like a copy of The Unsettlers to be signed by Mark Sundeen, please stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz or call 831-423-0900 before 7 pm, Friday February 17th to purchase a copy to be signed. 

Bookshop Santa Cruz and UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems welcomes award-winning author Mark Sundeen as he introduces his new book, The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America. The Unsettlers follows a diverse group of Americans—urban and rural, female and male, black and white—on their complicated quest for a simpler life in modern times, raising fascinating and subversive questions about the way we live, eat, and work.

When asked what led him to write The Unsettlers he replied, “So many people have anxiety about the state of the world—climate change, extinction, financial inequality—but so few have an idea of what they can actually do to extract themselves from the system, much less change it. This book illuminates those who are trying with all their might.” 

There is no better writer to tell this story than Sundeen, whose writings on off-the-grid movements have appeared in the New York Times, Outside Magazine, The Believer, National Geographic Adventure, and McSweeneys.  His previous book, The Man Who Quit Money, was a sleeper hit, earning rave reviews from readers and critics—the Seattle Times deemed it “captivating,” and Outside hailed it as a “critique that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt remorse on the treadmill of getting and spending”—cementing Sundeen’s reputation as one of the preeminent translators of alternative communities and movements to the mainstream. 

"[R]igorously reported and utterly enthralling. With candor, wit, and live-voltage curiosity, Sundeen profiles pioneers who have developed better ways to live in our overdeveloped world.” —Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams 

“With his chronicles of modern-day American visionaries and iconoclasts who have opted out of the mainstream culture, I’ve come to think of Mark Sundeen as our poet laureate of a new era of alternative lifestyles.”  —Bob Shacochis, author of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul 

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