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Zoo Story

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Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives By Thomas French Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401310530
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Published: Hachette Books - May 17th, 2011

What is the real purpose of zoos and are we really doing the best we can to preserve the species in them? The answers are as complex as the animals and keepers themselves. French explores these issues in this emotional, journalistic story. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli

Farewell, My Subaru

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Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living By Doug Fine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812977899
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Published: Villard - March 24th, 2009

Doug Fine moves to the New Mexican desert with the goal of kicking his fossil fuel habit and getting off the grid. He has no experience whatsoever with ranching, farming, or any of the things people need to be self-sufficient. To top it off, he's a Wal-Mart addict. He kicks his addiction early in the book and makes no secret of the fact that he asks for help whenever he can. He also buys two goats to help him get his other habit off-grid: ice cream.

A few solar panels and one veggie oil run monster truck later, Fine is well on his way to reaching his goals. He plants a garden (several times, due to many crop-decimating hail storms), installs a solar hot water heater and gets himself some chickens. He almost makes the tasks seem simple (given the right friends and enough money, of course). He certainly makes it sound fun, especially with all of the humorous and well-placed recipes (rattlesnake stew when he discovers a rattlesnake near his home, although in this case the rattlesnake escapes unharmed).

The part that I found most interesting was his veggie oil car. I had all but forgotten about these little miracles with my obsession to buy an electric car and power it with solar panels. Of course a much cheaper option is to get an old diesel car and convert it to veggie oil. The image of a massive fuel-guzzling truck roaring around town spurting out chinese food-scented emissions is almost too good to pass up!

My only criticism of this book is the lack of sources. Throughout the story Fine drops a few facts and figures having to do with energy and resource consumption, typical statistics to find in a book on environmentalism, but he sites no sources. Where did this information come from? There is no bibliography, no where to go for further reading. If he picked these facts up from the internet, what are the websites? Who did the studies? Who collected this data? I've never come across a book with facts that lacked sources and I found the whole thing confusing.

All in all, it was a great book. Doug Fine is a humorous writer and a great story teller. At 200 pages it's a quick and enjoyable read but still full of insight. I picked it up, thinking it looked like fun. Turns out you can judge a book by its cover, because fun it is. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli

The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved

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The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements By Sandor Ellix Katz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781933392110
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - November 1st, 2006

If I were to meet Mr. Katz on the street I would thank him, shake his hand and invite him to my house for dinner for writing such an amazing book. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


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Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet By Bill McKibben Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312541194
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 15th, 2011

This book should be required reading for everyone on the planet. Eaarth makes it clear that we're not saving our children anymore, we're saving ourselves. McKibben uses Vermont as a model for sustainability, but talks about large-scale projects also. No book makes it more clear that it's time to adapt to the world we've created. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli

No Impact Man

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No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process By Colin Beavan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312429836
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Published: Picador - May 25th, 2010

Beavan takes himself and his family on a year-long journey to practice what he preaches and discovers that a less wasteful life is also a more fulfilling one. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli

Desert Solitaire

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Desert Solitaire By Edward Abbey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671695880
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Published: Touchstone - January 15th, 1990

Ed Abbey's definitive work. Desert Solitaire is a literary love affair with the southwest. There is beauty in the harsh cruelty of life in the wilderness of the Utah desert. ~ Reviewed by Krysta Piccoli


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