After The Big Book, The Big Race

Nandini Kumaran hates shopping malls. So the New Jersey real estate agent spends an ever-increasing chunk of her annual budget on goods ordered from catalogs. In recent months, she has bought everything from computer software to household gadgets to clothes from catalogers such as L.L. Bean, Lands' End, and J.C. Penney. "After being on my feet all day, it feels great to let my fingers do all the work," says the 38-year-old mother of three.

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