EastOver Press is proud to announce the upcoming publication of a collection of essays, More or Less: Essays from a Year of No Buying, by Susannah Q. Pratt. The title will be released and available for purchase in 2022.
The essays in More or Less explore how contemporary Americans have come to be defined by their possessions. Pratt recognizes that the things we own are receptacles of memory and identity in ways we may only partly understand, and that we often cycle through periods of purging and acquiring, and end up competing with our possessions for time, space, and attention.
More Or Less offers intertwining scenes of homelife with sustained reflection on utility, disposability, and community. In the end, this entertaining and thoughtful book addresses the central question of how to live well in a culture of consumerism from which there is no meaningful exit.
Pratt’s manuscript was selected as a winner of the 2021 EastOver Prize for Nonfiction. The EastOver Press editors said, “[More or Less] impressed us with its depth of analysis, sincere reflection on the everyday, and engaging writing style. We were particularly struck by its careful deconstruction of our contemporary relationship to what can be bought and owned. We came away from reading this manuscript with a different point of view on the things we fill our lives with.”
Pratt is a Chicago-based writer whose work has appeared in Literary Mama, Motherwell, The Mindful Word, Chicago Parent, Under the Gum Tree, Essay Daily, and The Week, among others. She has also served as a regular contributor to The Waking, the blog at Ruminate Magazine. Pratt, her husband, three children, and two dogs make their home—still full of too much stuff— in Evanston, IL. This will be her first book.