Sundeen Biography Gains Critical Acclaim

Sunday, December 30, 2012
SNHU Communications Office

June 14, 2012 -- A Southern New Hampshire University MFA faculty member is gaining critical acclaim and national attention as his new biography continues to climb the bestseller lists. Mark Sundeen is the author of ''The Man Who Quit Money,'' a gripping portrait of a man who has lived happily for twelve years without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent. The book has remained on the San Francisco Chronicle best seller list for six weeks, reaching #6, and hit #9 in four weeks on the Los Angeles Times best seller list. It's also been a hot seller online, reaching #58 on the Amazon Top 100 list.

Sundeen, who mentors creative writing students in the MFA program, will also discuss the book this week on several major news shows. On Monday, he was scheduled to be interviewed by Leonard Lopate on public radio channel WNYC at 12:40 p.m., and to appear live on MSNBC with Dylan Ratigan at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, Sundeen was slated to appear at 4 p.m. on the WSJ Live News Hub, a news show produced by the The Wall Street Journal.

''Mark is an extraordinary writer with an eye for detail and a gift for captivating his audience. Our students are so fortunate to learn from him,'' said Diane Les Becquets, the director of the MFA program.

''The Man Who Quit Money'' tells the story of Daniel Suelo, who lives in caves in Utah, does not pay taxes, and does not accept food stamps, welfare, or any form of government help. Despite his unusual lifestyle, he is an avid blogger, is active in his community, and declares himself to be free and happy. Booklist described it as a ''thoughtful and engrossing biography'' that provokes ''some serious soul searching about our collective addiction to cash.''

Sundeen, who was also featured in a mini-documentary on the BBC called ''The American Who Quit Money to Live in a Cave,'' said he thinks the book has struck a chord with readers who are reexamining their own financial situations after the 2008 global economic crisis.

Today's financial system is ''so big that we can't control it, and in so many ways we feel enslaved by it. Worse, we feel powerless to change it,'' Sundeen said in the BBC video. ''And here's Daniel that comes alone and says, ‘I've proven that you can survive and live abundantly for twelve years without using any money.' And that just blows people away and inspires them.''

Sundeen will join the MFA program's summer residency on Star Island this month. ''The Man Who Quit Money'' was published by Riverhead/Penguin in March. June 14, 2012 - A Southern New Hampshire University MFA faculty member is gaining critical acclaim and national attention as his new biography continues to climb the bestseller lists.

Mark Sundeen is the author of ''The Man Who Quit Money,'' a gripping portrait of a man who has lived happily for twelve years without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent. The book has remained on the San Francisco Chronicle best seller list for six weeks, reaching #6, and hit #9 in four weeks on the Los Angeles Times best seller list. It's also been a hot seller online, reaching #58 on the Amazon Top 100 list.

Sundeen, who mentors creative writing students in the MFA program, will also discuss the book this week on several major news shows. On Monday, he was scheduled to be interviewed by Leonard Lopate on public radio channel WNYC at 12:40 p.m., and to appear live on MSNBC with Dylan Ratigan at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, Sundeen was slated to appear at 4 p.m. on the WSJ Live News Hub, a news show produced by the The Wall Street Journal.

''Mark is an extraordinary writer with an eye for detail and a gift for captivating his audience. Our students are so fortunate to learn from him,'' said Diane Les Becquets, the director of the MFA program.

''The Man Who Quit Money'' tells the story of Daniel Suelo, who lives in caves in Utah, does not pay taxes, and does not accept food stamps, welfare, or any form of government help. Despite his unusual lifestyle, he is an avid blogger, is active in his community, and declares himself to be free and happy. Booklist described it as a ''thoughtful and engrossing biography'' that provokes ''some serious soul searching about our collective addiction to cash.''

Sundeen, who was also featured in a mini-documentary on the BBC called ''The American Who Quit Money to Live in a Cave,'' said he thinks the book has struck a chord with readers who are reexamining their own financial situations after the 2008 global economic crisis.

Today's financial system is ''so big that we can't control it, and in so many ways we feel enslaved by it. Worse, we feel powerless to change it,'' Sundeen said in the BBC video. ''And here's Daniel that comes alone and says, ‘I've proven that you can survive and live abundantly for twelve years without using any money.' And that just blows people away and inspires them.''

Sundeen will join the MFA program's summer residency on Star Island this month. ''The Man Who Quit Money'' was published by Riverhead/Penguin in March.

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