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You know how they say you shouldn’t bite off more than you can chew? Well, when the author, an SUV-driving magazine writer, decided it was about time to be a bit more friendly toward the environment, he started small: he planned to make himself a writing studio with a minimal environmental footprint. But building a “green” house, even a tiny one, proved to be a bigger job than Glave had realized, even with the seemingly (but deceptively) large budget of $50,000. This is a lighthearted chronicle of the construction project, but it’s more than quirky enviro-characters and Blandings-style misadventures. The book also tackles some pretty serious issues, such as extremism in the environmental movement, the self-contradictions, and (perhaps most important) how to balance the needs of the planet with the needs of one’s own family—how to choose what sacrifices to make (and then how to explain them to your kids). A delightful book that takes a big theme, environmentalism, and puts it into the context of daily life. --David Pitt
I enjoyed it and burned through it in just a few nights. A good bit of fun with some detail on the agony of the process.Published on November 16, 2009 by Marv
I really enjoyed following the journey of Glave and his apparently long suffering wife as they build an eco- friendly writing studio. Read morePublished on May 25, 2009 by Mothersong