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The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back

The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back
Author: Kevin Salwen - Hannah Salwen
ISBN 13: 9780547248066
ISBN 10: 547248067
Edition: First fir
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2010-02-10
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
List Price: $24.00

It all started when 14-year old Hannah Salwen, idealistic but troubled by a growing sense of injustice, had a eureka moment when she saw a homeless man juxtaposed against a glistening Mercedes coupe. "You know, Dad," she said, "If that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal." This glaring led the Salwen family of four, caught up like so many other Americans in this age of consumption and waste, to follow Hannah's urge to do something--so they embarked on an incredible journey together. They decided to sell their Atlanta mansion, buy a house half its size, and give half their profits to charity. At first it was an outlandish scheme, then it became a challenge: "We are TOTALLY doing this." Each week they met over dinner to discuss their plan--which would transport them across the globe and well out of their comfort zone, and bring them closer as a family.--From publisher description.

The Washington Post - Lisa Bonos

…in The Power of Half, Kevin Salwen and young Hannah stress that families don't have to slice a McMansion in half to make a difference. Their book, soaring in idealism and yet grounded in realism, can show Americans of any means how best to give back. Most of us, they point out, have an excess of something—whether it's clothes in our closets, food in our pantries or free time on a Saturday—that can somehow help someone else.