The art of simplicity is hard for some to achieve. Thoreau by John Porcellino is as the subject was in real life. Henry David Thoreau was a simple man in a world thrust in industrial revolution. John Porcellino’s art is a back to basics and minimalist at best to tell the story of Thoreau’s self absorption into nature. John Porcellino’s book that examines Thoreau makes it easier to appreciate the man and the message for those not wanting to go into complex studies. The fundamental message is sown and the fruit is rewarding in exploring the journey back into Eden.