Once relegated to the status of 1960s hippies, New Age journalists are just now coming into their own--and being listened to. Credit Rodale Press, in part, for generating the genuineness and trust that today pervade the words natural
, among other adjectives and nouns. In fact, Bond (Better Basics for the Home,
1999) covers the proverbial waterfront, with chapters devoted to fire, earth, water, and air to healthy alternatives for indoor pesticides (try the safe sugar ant hotel). Every page includes at least one clue or tip about natural choices; in the dining-living-family room section, for instance, Bond discusses pet care and the reduction of lead risks while taking a virtual tour of this space. The biggest issue? How best to locate all of Bond's ideas, recipes, recommendations, and techniques in a text layout that's alarmingly placid and without enough differentiating call-outs? Speaking from the heart (her central nervous system is permanently damaged because of pesticides), she gives hundreds of reasons to start infiltrating a bit of health into our homes. Barbara JacobsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
ANNIE B. BOND is the executive producer of Care2.com Healthy Living Channel and the web host of Annie's Healthy Living Network. She edits six e-newsletters that are sent to 1.8 million subscribers, writes an ongoing column for Body & Soul magazine, and is the author of Better Basics for the Home, The Green Kitchen Handbook, and Clean & Green. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York.