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Seeing Green [Kindle Edition]

Annabel Hertz
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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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  • File Size: 346 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076DH020
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Loved Arcani's 'Go Get 'Em' Spirit April 29, 2014
Format:Paperback
Arcani Kirsch - a recent college graduate with Jewish-Hopi roots - is convinced that, just as her name implies, she is a woman who is 'destined for greatness'. Having attended the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, Arcani is subsequently compelled to do her part to make the world a better place after she witnesses the plight of the indigenous peoples.

To that end, Arcani leaves her west coast cocoon and joins Environ Mentality - an international conglomeration of green-minded businesses in Washington, DC, that are committed to getting the Earth Treaty ratified. The first step in implementing their plan is ensuring that the next US President attends a Ministerial meeting in Paris. Arcani sets the wheels in motion, and spearheads a campaign to do just that.

There are, however, various potholes along Arcani's environmental path: One of her former ultra nationalist professors has plagiarized her thesis; then there's the man who could derail her with his lustiness; the one who wants her to come to Christ; and the one she'd written off as dead. Not to mention having to cope with Caroline, her albatross of a sister. Yes, the path to Paris is indeed muddy.

But Arcani plows ahead, trying to stay true to her vision, making sure that her methods are kosher, and that her doting Aunt Lillian is proud of her. En route to the Ministerial, Arcani makes her mark on the world in totally unexpected ways. Against a backdrop of world events that are highly relevant to today, 'Seeing Green' by Annabel Hertz explores the lighter side to dedicating oneself to changing a world that's rather resistant to change; as well as drawing on themes of individuality and enlightenment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly entertaining book - April 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
April 22, 2014 was Earth Day but it is and should be celebrated year round. If we want to be sustained by this planet we call Earth-then we must sustain her as well, or suffer the consequences. We can't let the greed, not to mention the ignorance of big business turn our planet into one which will not be fit to live in. We, the little people, are all trying in our own way to help. Whether we recycle and reuse, help to clean up the garbage strewn in our wilderness areas, sign petitions or just by teaching our children, every little bit helps.

When I was asked to read Seeing Green by JKS Communications, I knew I had to read and review this book. You see I have an environmental science degree and during those college years (I actually went back at age 40 to get this degree)I water sampled with an environmental group for the entire 4 years. I also helped at the environmental fairs where I was set up both to get signatures for various and sundry current affairs (Stopping the hormones going into cows which ended up in our milk was one of them) and to collect money at the food location (I am a bookkeeper!). Somewhere in the middle of these college years the Earth Summit was held in Rio. To learn a bit more about this treaty click into Wikipedia to start-then go from there

Arcani Kirsch recently graduated college and managed to get a job in EnvironMentality which was an International association of Green minded businesses in Washington, DC. She had been to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and was bound and determined to get the United States to the next conference and to agree to and ratify the Earth Treaty. As you might suspect, Arcani hit roadblocks almost everywhere she turned--but she kept her sight on the prize!
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read about a world most people don't see
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... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MB
5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful insightful story
"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... Read more
Published 18 months ago by RJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful reading experience
Seeing Green is an engaging, current and informative read that demystifies the politics of the NGO world in Washington, DC. Read more
Published on July 14, 2012 by Katie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read!
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... Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by Dorothy
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Green
Far from a book that merely caters to a single crowd, "Seeing Green" has a well-developed and multi-layered plot. Read more
Published on June 28, 2012 by Cristine
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful story that pulls you in
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, which seemed to poke fun at those of us who work in the environmental field...

Truth is, I couldn't put it down! Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by Deron Lovaas
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting story from a new point of view
I met Ms. Hertz at a book festival in Gaithersburg, MD and true to her activist heroine, she excited me to buy the book. Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by Fran Mahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars a lively political tale
"Seeing Green" is a thoroughly enjoyable book. Set in the early nineteen-nineties, it provides a refreshing contrast to the stale and polarized politics of our own time and reminds... Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by marcia w
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I loved this book. It's entertaining and reads quickly because it's so well-written. It has all the elements you want - a great plot that's intellectually stimulating, good... Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by Katie M.
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