The Urban Hermit

The Urban Hermit

A Memoir

Book - 2008
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Traces the experiences of an overweight and indebted Yale graduate who embarked on a controversial plan to lose weight and live on virtually nothing, a personal journey during which he flew to Bosnia on assignment, traveled to a peace festival in a hippie van, and met the woman who would become his wife. 30,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

Faced with the truth that his debts and his waistline had both ballooned out of control, Sam MacDonald devised a plan to change his life.

When Sam graduated from Yale in 1995, he watched a classmate make inroads as a head-office guy in professional baseball, another become a day-trading millionaire, and another develop connections at the Playboy Mansion. Struggling to make ends meet, he shrugged his shoulders at their success and raised a tall one to them.

It wasn't until April 2000 that Sam got his wake-up call. He weighed 340 lbs. He was flat broke. And the IRS had caught up with him.

In a desperate attempt to save himself, Sam decided to limit himself to a budget of $8 a week and 800 calories a day. He called it "The Urban Hermit Plan."

He thought he would do it for a month. Instead, he embarked on a bizarre year-long journey. He lost 160 pounds in the process, befriended rent-dodging trailer-park denizens, flew to Bosnia on assignment, traveled to a peace festival in a hippie van, had a run-in with Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard, and met the woman who would later become his wife.

The Urban Hermit is a wildly hilarious story about backwoods living, as told by a man who should have known better.



Blackwell North Amer
When Sam graduated from Yale in 1995, he watched a classmate make inroads as a head-office guy in professional baseball, another become a day-trading millionaire, and another develop connections at the Playboy Mansion. Struggling to make ends meet, Sam shrugged his shoulders at their success and raised a tall one to them.
It wasn't until April 2000 that Sam got his wake-up call. He weighed 340 pounds. He was flat broke. And the IRS had caught up with him.
In a desperate attempt to save himself, Sam decided to limit himself to a budget of eight dollars a week and eight hundred calories a day. He called it the Urban Hermit Plan.
He thought he would do it for a month. Instead, he embarked on a bizarre yearlong journey. He lost 160 pounds in the process, befriended rent-dodging trailer-park denizens, flew to Bosnia on assignment, traveled to a peace festival in a hippie van, had a run-in with Cooter from The Dukes of Hazzard, and met the woman who would later become his wife.
The Urban Hermit is a wildly hilarious story about backwoods living, as told by a man who should have known better.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312376994
Characteristics: xx, 281 p. ; 22 cm

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