Right now, you can get a free copy of William J. Dawson's The Quest for a Simple Life as an e-book over at Amazon.com -- I took advantage of this freebie, and I enjoyed his story. It's also available online for free to read on your screen at Project Gutenberg.
This isn't a new book.
William J. Dawson wrote this book long ago; it was originally published in 1907, and some of the language as well as his attitudes may seem well, ... dated. (Feminists, take note.)
However, it's a small book and an interesting read, the language alone is entrancing (sometimes, Dawson can be a real hoot) -- and it's a nice thing to think about: back in London, over a hundred years ago, human beings were pondering how to make life simpler.
Well, I guess people like Thoreau were too, come to think about it.
Okay, this isn't Walden but it's a good read nevertheless. I liked it, thought I'd share it with you, Dear Reader.