Mark Sundeen

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Mark Sundeen (born 1970) is an American author. His book Car Camping was published by HarperCollins in 2000. His book The Making of Toro was published by Simon & Schuster in 2003. North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters (ISBN 978-0312591144) was released in early 2010. His nonfiction articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Outside Magazine and McSweeney's. His book The Man Who Quit Money (2012)[1] tells the story of Suelo, currently living part-time in a cave near Moab, Utah when he is not wandering the country, who has practiced his form of simple living since 2000.

Sundeen was born in Harbor City, California, in 1970[2] and grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs of Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.[3] He graduated from Stanford University in 1992 with a degree in English and later moved to Moab, Utah.[3] He later earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Southern California.[4] In 2004, Sundeen worked as a blogger for Howard Dean's presidential campaign[5] and assisted in the running of Peter Deutsch's senatorial campaign website.[6] Currently living in Montana and Utah, Sundeen instructs Outward Bound programs and teaches college-level creative writing courses in addition to writing his books.[2]


  • Car Camping, HarperCollins, 2000
  • The Making of Toro, Simon & Schuster, 2003
  • The Man Who Quit Money, Riverhead, 2012
  • The Unsettlers, Riverhead, 2017


  1. ^ "The Man Who Quit Money". RadioWest website. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Mark Sundeen" in Contemporary Authors Online. Gale: November 16, 2004. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Leslie, Mitchell (January/February 2001). "Roadside Attractions: An offbeat adventurer prefers molehills to mountains.". Stanford Magazine (Stanford Alumni Association). Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  4. ^ USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Master of Professional Writing: Alumni. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  5. ^ Green, Rick (January 19, 2004). "At Dean Headquarters, Campaign Workers Stay Wired In A Hard Drive To Win". Hartford Courant: p. A1. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  6. ^ Deutsch for U.S. Senate (August 15, 2004). "Congressman Peter Deutsch Launches New Campaign Website". Press release. Retrieved June 27, 2011.

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