While this book is not precisely what I thought it would be, I still found it quite interesting. Before I borrowed it from the library (and judging only from the title), I thought it would be a non-fiction volume on voluntary simplicity from an Epicurean approach (yes, I knew that Epicureanism is definitely not what most people think it is; I knew that Epicurus did not stand for a world of excess, but rather recommended to learn how to live simply). However, "Epicurean Simplicity" truly is an autobiographical work where the author muses about a relatively simple life
in a rural setting somewhere in the American Midwest. It contains plenty of interesting musings and insights, but it is obviously heavy on personal comments that are not relevant to anybody else's life. In conclusion, the book is not bad at all, but perhaps not what one would expect from the title.