Spent by Avis Cardella
Memoirs of a Shopping Addict

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As a child, Avis Cardella devoured the glamorous images in her mother's fashion magazines. She grew up to be one of the people in them, living a life that seemed to be filled with labels and luxury. But shopping had become a dangerous addiction. She forwent food for Prada. Credit card debt blossomed like the ever-increasing pile of unworn shoes and clothing in the back of her closet. She defined herself by the things she owned and also lost herself in the mad hunt for the perfect pair of pants or purse that might make her feel whole.

Spent is Avis Cardella's timely, deeply personal, and shockingly dramatic exploration of our cultural need to spend, and of what happens when someone is consumed by the desire to consume.

About Avis Cardella

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After spending her formative years reading fashion magazines voraciously, Avis Cardella found her calling writing about photography, fashion, and culture. She has written for British Vogue, American Photo, and Surface, among other publications. She lives in Paris with her husband.
Published April 23, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 262 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction

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A study in how compulsive acquisition can lead to untold loss.

Sep 17 2010 | Read Full Review of Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping ...


That's the question fashion writer Avis Cardella kept asking herself during the depths of her compulsive shopping addiction—one that drove her to shop every day just for the "retail high," to forgo food in order to buy designer clothes, and to fill her closet with bulging but unopened shopping bags.

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Her fixation with those carefully crafted, airbrushed images, recollections of childhood shopping experiences laden with emotion, memories of her glamorous mother who died suddenly, and the equation of fashion with a sense of self worth led to an unhealthy shopping obsession lasting several decades.

May 25 2010 | Read Full Review of Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping ...

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