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The Green Life: Book Roundup Wednesday: Books About Greening Your Life

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August 26, 2009

Book Roundup Wednesday: Books About Greening Your Life

Books about environmentalism Every Wednesday, we review a selection of new and upcoming books addressing a specific aspect of environmentalism. This week, we’re recommending books about greening your life.

Almost Green: How I Saved 1/6th of a Billionth of the Planet (by James Glave, $25, Skyhorse Publishing, Sep. 2008): This account of a suburbanite's attempt to green one corner of his life begins with a confession: "My name is James, and I drive an SUV". Through humour and and self-awareness, this book might win over those who have qualms about the discomfort and expense of making eco-minded lifestyle choices.

Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle (by Chris Prelitz, $13, Hay House, April 2009): This book, organized by categories like "Green Your Personal-Care Products" and "Green Your Paper Supplies," is a handy reference for making household changes. It includes recipes, step-by-step guides, and helpful resources that make being green -- as the title promises -- pretty easy.

Living Like Ed (by Ed Begley, Jr., $18, Potter, Feb. 2008): At first, it's easy to be skeptical of a celebrity telling us how simple it is to green our lives. But Begley's book contains a lot of genuine and simple ways to make better choices for the earth, gleaned from the more than 30 years he's spent honing an eco-friendly lifestyle. He co-authors the book with his wife Rachelle, who keeps fashion and comfort in mind. They organize ideas into three tiers that help readers choose what changes their lifestyles and budgets allow. 

Ready, Set, Green (by Graham Hill and Meaghan O'Neill, $15, Villard Books, May 2008): This book by the writers at treehugger.com  is the most structured of the greening guides, helping readers lessen their impact the way they might train for a marathon. The eight-week process takes readers from mental preparation to diet and household changes to activism and outreach. With easy-to-read charts and graphs.

-- Jamie Hansen

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