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Seeing Green [Kindle Edition]

Annabel Hertz
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Described as a “timely, energetic and witty” story of a young woman on a mission to puncture the stasis of US environmental policy (Book Review, Huffington Post, 04/04/2012), Seeing Green pays homage to the DC scene, international---and office---politics, and idealism. The novel also explores the rocky and rewarding terrain of family and personal relationships from the perspective of a multicultural protagonist in “a felicitously fast-moving, tightly organized narrative.”

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About the Author

Annabel Hertz is an ardent fan of international and US Presidential politics, and fiction with unconventional protagonists. Seeing Green is her first novel and, like the story’s protagonist, she grew up in San Francisco and lives on avocados and espresso. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Arch Institute and has worked in leadership and consultant roles with international NGOs—primarily in the areas of environment, development, and security. More recently, she was adjunct professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, and Global Governance Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Annabel holds a MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School, a MA from California State University, and a BA from the University of California.

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  • File Size: 346 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076DH020
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good things come in small packages September 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Despite 'Seeing Green' being her first attempt at writing fiction, Annabel Hertz shows the prowess and deftness of an accomplished writer. The title and plot of the novel are based on environmental movement immediate post-Rio, but there is more to it then environmentalism. This is a novel about a flawed heroine, Arcani. Arcani, like many of us, has to deal with deficiencies (looks, ethnic heritage etc) that stop her from being part of the group that are designated as `most likely to succeed' at birth. Adding to her problems is her decision to find her own way to success and not to mimic or bow to the already successful. Hertz's magic is her masterful weaving of different parts of Arcani's existence with the atmosphere in the 1990's Washington. Power politics and idealism fight to take control of the new Clinton administration as they also try to control Arcani's life.

The difficulties Arcani faces professionally, have an analog in her personal life. Past experience, professional commitments and her flawed existence have made her afraid of opening to a new love interest.

Finally, Hertz has done us readers a favor by keep this novel sharp and focused. Around 200 pages in length, it can read and enjoyed in one or two sittings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and informative March 11, 2013
By Shel R
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was engaging and informative from start to finish, as Ms. Hertz cleverly interwove the protagonist's personal/relationship escapades with her efforts and ambitions on the NGO front during a political turnover in D.C. I enjoyed the freshness of the protagonist, her trials, introspection, and her personal and professional growth as she confronts, grapples with, and reaches resolution on points of uncertainty and conflict in her life. I also gained insight into the tactical dance between NGOs, politicians, and the challenges of working for global change. We need more 'characters' like Arcani! I look forward to the next work from this author.
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A witty, inspiring and refreshing read.. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the author's next novel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read about a world most people don't see January 29, 2013
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This is a fun, light read (perfect for planes or vacations). It takes a humorous, but very honest look at the machinations of non-profits and the counter-intuitive, ironic, and sometimes frustrating culture and approaches engaged in by self-described idealists. Although the focus is the environmental communities, those truths are not unique to one particular cause. I found myself laughing out loud at this universality of experience. This is a great book for those interested in learning about the worlds of advocacy and activism. It is also a humorous validation of experience for those currently engaging in this work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful insightful story January 14, 2013
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"Seeing Green" is an amusing yet insightful story. I found it entertaining and informative. I liked the plot, the characters, and felt it gave me an inside look into certain types of organizations and how they really work in Washington,DC. I read this book in one sitting, and hope to see more from this author soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful reading experience July 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Seeing Green is an engaging, current and informative read that demystifies the politics of the NGO world in Washington, DC. The witty voice of Arcani, the novel's protagonist, makes this book laugh-out-loud funny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read! July 11, 2012
By Dorothy
Format:Kindle Edition
Seeing Green is a wonderful read! Great character development and intrigue. The main character, Arcani Kirsch, is a multi-dimensional modern day heroine, driven by her commitment to the environmental movement and conflicted at times with her personal life. As a reader I was drawn into the book and rooting for Arcani to succeed both personally and professionally. The narrative is lively and I was completely engaged. I'm looking forward to the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Green June 28, 2012
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Far from a book that merely caters to a single crowd, "Seeing Green" has a well-developed and multi-layered plot. As she tells the (often humorous) story of her heroine's challenges and triumphs, the author cleverly weaves in pop-culture references, resonating social commentary, and an inside-out glimpse of both domestic and global political spheres. The result? A must-read that not only entertains, but informs.
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