Even if you do not feel like running away, are you seeking holiday reading? If so, The Quality of Life Report is light, mildly entertaining, and not badly written. This is the story of someone who did run away. High-pressured, fast-paced urban life is often characterized by a relentless, judgmental attitude. Associated with this is tremendous competition, high standards, and intensity. It takes a lot to keep your eye on the ball and not be corrupted by such an environment. And some people don't have what it takes. Each of us has to draw the line, know when the line has been crossed, and "just say no" when we are asked to do something that is illegal, immoral, or just in such poor taste that we cannot stomach it. The key to inner peace is acceptance. Even in a high-powered world, if you pick your battles and know who you are and what you are fighting for, it can work. For someone who hates her job, is insecure, cannot be alone, and is excessively needy and dependent and influenced by others, it is harder. It was so hard for Lucinda Trout that she ran away. And she was so insecure that she continued to put up with abuse. Everyone needs some separation from the circumstances of their origin to develop a sense of independence. Moving to a different place can be part of that separation.