Almost Green

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"Reading Almost Green is like getting a new pair of glasses when you thought you could see just fine. Many important shades of distinction and subtle insights fill the book. A smart, contemplative read."—Douglas Coupland James Glave, a self-proclaimed "child of suburbia," learns about the real implications and sacrifices involved in sustainable living when he practices it at his home on Bowen Island, British Columbia, where "eco-yuppies" and local hunters are engaged in a turf war. Employing gurus and ...
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Overview


"Reading Almost Green is like getting a new pair of glasses when you thought you could see just fine. Many important shades of distinction and subtle insights fill the book. A smart, contemplative read."—Douglas Coupland James Glave, a self-proclaimed "child of suburbia," learns about the real implications and sacrifices involved in sustainable living when he practices it at his home on Bowen Island, British Columbia, where "eco-yuppies" and local hunters are engaged in a turf war. Employing gurus and energy-savvy builders, Glave sets out to build a "green" writing studio on a budget of $50,000. But he remains skeptical of the current trends in the eco-movement, and questions the high-and-mighty "conservationist" rigmarole. How can a family man on a modest salary afford to live a green lifestyle? At what cost to his children? How do you get rain to go to your garden? How much eco-destruction is too much? The book that results from Glave's attempts to answer questions such as these is a surprisingly funny, informative, and refreshingly irreverent take on green issues and a candid look at the costs and benefits of living an eco-friendly lifestyle.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In this compelling account of his "cockamamie" ecological odyssey, journalist Glave, "enthusiastic composter" and guilty SUV owner, recounts his efforts to reduce his carbon footprint by building a "green" writing studio and guesthouse adjoining his less than environmentally correct home outside of Vancouver. As irreverent as it is deeply informative, the book traces Glave's misadventures and steep environmental learning curve-he considers (and discards) elaborate straw bale and rammed earth construction schemes, navigates the intricacies of securing recovered wood and negotiating with neighbors concerned about sight lines-as he ponders how to reconcile the contradictions in his lifestyle ("I buy or pick organic, locally grown berries, then gleefully slather them with Cool Whip") and how to inspire environmental awareness in his community without turning his neighbors defensive or his car-crazy young son into a "playground weirdo." Costs and domestic tensions mount as Glave tears down a pricey carport, which was a gift from his conservative father-in-law, and his shed's footprint threatens his wife's cherished garden. The focus of this endearing eco-memoir is primarily on getting the dream shed built, but Glave's sensible (and sometimes caustically comic) green consciousness has real universal appeal. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

This is a green story with guy appeal. Glave, a journalist living in British Columbia, embarks on a mission to build what he calls an "Eco-Shed"-a small writing studio built to absorb sunlight, catch rainwater, and otherwise have a neutral effect on the environment. The only problems are the mammoth carport that blocks the direct sunlight, his budget, and a host of other issues, problems, and setbacks that he encounters along the way. While not always successful, he does manage throughout his journey to make connections in his small island community, with some green results. Glave approaches his endeavor as a journalist but also as a husband, a father, a son-in-law, a neighbor, and a dude-creating a humorous yet informative narrative. His focus on the building process and the bonding of those involved will appeal to anyone who has ever dreamed of smashing something with an excavator; his struggle to find a balance between his familial relationships and his drive to complete this project will strike a chord with many readers. Recommended for public libraries.
—Jaime Hammond

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602392861
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


Prologue     ix
Creation     1
Crash Course     21
My Suburban Sarcophagus     37
A Private Green     55
The Last Straw     77
Culdesactivism     97
Indomitable Spirit     117
The Envelope, Please     143
Tankosaurus     167
Fully Loaded     191
Reality Check     215
The Epic Life     237
Acknowledgments     251
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