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My new book Cheap:  The High Cost of Discount Culture (Penguin) publishes this week.  It's a narrative investigation of the history, science, psychology, economics, and societal implications of low price in America, very broad based and--I hope--what you would call a "damn good read."  This from an early pre-publication review:

 

"Just in time for the current economic recession, Shell  investigates America's fixation with discount retail prices.This highly intelligent and disturbing book provides invaluable insight into our consumer culture and should be mandatory reading for anyone trying to figure out our current financial mess. As Shell proves, the hunt for cheap products has hurt us all. Highly recommended for smart readers." --Richard Drezen (Washington Post) for Library Journal, Starred Review

I look forward to reading and responding to your thoughts on cheap culture...

 

 

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Ellen Ruppel Shell is a professor and science journalist who teaches at Boston University. She is the author most recently of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. More

Atlantic contributing editor Ellen Ruppel Shell teaches at Boston University, where she co-directs the Graduate Program in Science Journalism. She writes on science, medicine, the media, economics, and sometimes even sports and the arts, and tends to focus on the underlying cultural and societal implications. She is the author most recently of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture.
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