Oprah Alert!

On her show yesterday, Oprah asked the question on many people’s minds,  “What Can You Live Without?

Featured was “reformed shopaholic” Mary Carlomango and her new book, Secrets of Simplicity: Learn to Live Better with Less, which shot from #37,076 on Amazon to #48. The publisher is showing it currently out of stock.

Unfortunately, the book is spiral bound, so libraries do not own it. Libraries do own her previous title, however, Give It Up!: My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less (at #23,887 on Amazon).

Oprah also issued a “Simplify Your Life” challenge, with the opportunity for contestants to appear on the show, so it’s likely you will have to continue explaining why the library doesn’t own Secrets of  Simplicity and to try to steer customers to Carlomagno’s earlier title.


Secrets of Simplicity: Learn to Live Better with Less

Mary Carlomagno

  • Spiral-bound: $19.95; 143 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Spi edition (December 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0811863948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811863940



Give It Up!: My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less 

Mary Carlomagno

  • Hardcover: $14.95; 208 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (December 27, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0060789808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060789800

5 Responses to “Oprah Alert!”

  1. Georgia Librarian Says:

    Huh? My library owns LOTS of spiral-bound books. Just to spite you guys, I may buy it!

  2. Nora Rawlinson Says:

    Good for you!

    It looks like it may be in a workbook format; couldn’t tell from the descriptions on Amazon, B&N, or the publisher.

    Gasp! we may have to check it out at an actual bookstore (if they have copies; the publisher is showing it out of stock).

  3. Tara Says:

    I read “Give It Up” last year and found it extremely disappointing. It was sophomoric and not very inspiring. Can’t believe the lack of quality books Oprah chooses…

  4. Jen Says:

    I saw that show–very inspiring. I actually was able to reserve both of the books at my local library. I think I beat the rush, too, as I am #1 on the list :)

  5. Nan Says:

    I did a search and many libraries own this book, many more have it on order now that it has been mentioned here so feel free to ask your librarian about it!