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The Green Life: Book Roundup Wednesday: Pocket Green Guides

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May 13, 2009

Book Roundup Wednesday: Pocket Green Guides

Books about environmentalism Every Wednesday, we review a selection of new and upcoming books addressing a specific aspect of environmentalism. Today we're recommending pocket-size guides to add to your collection of green-living books.

Sneaky Green Uses for Everyday Things (by Cy Tymony, $13, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2009): Got trash? Embrace your inner MacGyver and turn an empty cereal box into a hand-powered fan, a magazine rack, or a boomerang. This book offers DIY instructions for a variety of projects--from the practical to charmingly absurd (sure, you don't need a recycle bin that looks like a robot, but who says green living can't be fun?).

Green's Not Black and White: The Balanced Guide to Making Eco Decisions (by Dominic Muren, $15, Barron's Educational Series, 2009): Don't be fooled by what at first glance appears to be another breezy green guide. This quick read inspires heady contemplation of the complexities of ecofriendly living. Dominic Muren presents the pros of recycled paper, bamboo flooring, and organic produce, then plays devil's advocate, proving that each good choice comes with a caveat.

365 Ways to Live Green: Your Everyday Guide to Saving the Environment (by Diane Gow McDilda, $8, Adams Media, 2008): A great gift for green friends, this handy volume begins with a quiz to determine the size of your eco-footprint, then launches into a year's worth of green tips. Advice is organized according to subject, with sections on food, clothing, vacations, pets, and more.

Climate Change: Simple Things You Can Do to Make A Difference (by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert, $8, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2009): Climate change is a big, scary problem that demands action. . . . If that statement sounds overwhelming, then this tiny tome is for you. Lifestyle solutions are divided into manageable steps with easy tips to get you started and long-term plans to enact as you become more comfortable with the green life.

--Della Watson

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