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The Green Life: Book Roundup Wednesday

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January 07, 2009

Book Roundup Wednesday

Books about environmentalismNew for 2009 on the Green Life is a weekly roundup of books addressing a particular aspect of environmentalism. Today, we’re recommending new and soon-to-be-published books that give good advice about living green. Check back here every Wednesday to discover new and worthwhile books.

David Suzuki’s Green Guide (by David Suzuki and David R. Boyd, $18, Greystone Books, Sept. 2008): David Suzuki, Canada’s environmental hero, explains how and why we should seek planet-friendly foods, make a green home, travel light, and generally reduce our footprint on the earth.

Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution (by Auden Schendler, $27, PublicAffairs, Mar. 2009): Schendler, who is the director of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Co., addresses the nitty-gritty aspects of going green. His practical assessments address what’s easy – and what’s hard – about living and working in ecofriendly ways.

Earth Talk: Expert Answers to Everyday Questions About the Environment (by the authors of E – The Environmental Magazine, $15, Penguin Group, Feb. 2009): Quirky illustrations and an easy-to-read Q/A format answers environmental questions organized into categories including food, shopping, health, work, clothes, kids’ products, and travel. Ever wonder why chlorine is added to tap water or whether old shoes can be recycled? The answers are all in here.

What Would You Do If You Ran the World? Everyday Ideas from Women Who Want to Make the World a Better Place (by Shelley Rachanow, $13, Conart Press, Feb. 2009): This little blue book is cleanly designed and lists simple ideas about what women can do for themselves (“Take a chance.”), their loved ones (“Forgive them.”), their community (“Donate clothes,” “Volunteer.”), and the world (“Reduce, reuse, and recycle).

--Avital Binshtock

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