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Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living Paperback – March 24, 2009
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Doug settles down in an isolated valley in New Mexico and begins his adventures in sustainable living by purchasing some goats on Craig's List, replacing the said Subaru of the title with a F250 vegetable oil powered diesel truck, and going substantially off-grid.
On the way we meet some interesting characters, hear a bit too much about Doug's libido and get some practical advice on living the good life. But don't buy this book if you are looking for a step-by-step instruction on how to set up a eco-friendly homestead. Instead Farewell, My Subaru offers a few recipes, some web site links to get more information, and a good deal of evidence that going through life with good karma really pays off.
He bought a ranch in sunny, remote rural southwestern New Mexico intent on converting to solar energy, which he did. But he also learns how expensive the components are, that pipes must be soldered with a toxic purple brew that can't be environmentally friendly, that batteries are made with lead and present a disposal problem at the end of their lives, and, interestingly, extreme hot weather can work against, not with, the efficiency of solar panels. He buys a new ROAT--Ridiculously Oversized American Truck--because it has a diesel engine that can run on vegetable oil from fast food restaurants. The ink wasn't dry on the bill of sale before he was informed that the Big 3 automaker would cancel its warranty if any product but Big Oil's was put in the tank. Nonetheless he persevered in some cholesterol-ridden adventures while negotiating for the restaurant grease that has left him emitting Kung Po chicken fumes wherever he goes. He also found that dairy goats do not observe human boundaries, and neither do rattlesnakes or coyotes.
Fine gets beat up a lot because he possesses that English major capacity to mentally check out when the instructions get too technical. That said, this eternal optimist is still ahead at the end of the book, a breezy account that can be read in a night or two. He mines the slapstick and irony for all it is worth.Read more ›
Doug Fine does a great job in relaying the first year of his adventures in living a greener life. The one suggestion I have for future editions is to put a reference for the boxed facts interspersed throughout the book.
I look forward to reading more of Doug's adventures!
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I chose to read Farewell, My Subaru, written by Doug Fine. This book was an excellent read in my opinion. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Desiderio
This book was truly a page turner! It was a very comical but educational read. Doug's journey starts with a move to New Mexico where he decides he wants to live off of his own land... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kristine Vogelsang
Doug Fine’s book, Farewell, My Subaru, is a must read. Doug Fine goes on a journey to Mexico to become the most eco-friendly person he can be. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kristina Osborne
Was excited to read this book. Also purchased the book on his Alaskan adventure. Having just powered through this one today have to say I am not really excited about reading the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by tssis
The premise is: This guy, Doug Fine, wants to live off the grid. He wants to see if he can make it on his own without destroying the environment. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shoshanah
Great read, honest experience in going green. Highly recommend for anyone interested in 'going back to the land' in whole or in part.Published 18 months ago by Jim in Texas
I love this book. It is written with such honesty and humor that I think anyone (not just the crunchy urban hippie) would find Doug Fine's adventures on his new homestead with a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by MEP
I had such a great time reading this- Doug Fine's adventures were relateable even to someone a little far removed from the world he lived in. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Violet Zephyr