Wednesday, September 9, 2009

No Impact Man

No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process by Colin Beavan


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I love this genre of books, the "guy-tries-to-do-something-for-a-year" book. Colin Beavan's take on it is to try to live for a whole year with no impact on the environment. Of course, that is a ridiculous goal - NO impact is impossible, really, and he recognizes that - but he and his family make quite a run at it, and learn a lot in the process. In fact, I can say that this is the most important of this type of book that I've read. His writing style is almost "bloggy" - bounces around from topic to topic, but he makes it work, and it reads quite naturally.

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3 comments:

kirsten said...

Funny...I was just talking with someone trying to parse out what I could try out for a year. I like the idea of being constrained by time. (The best thing I could come up with was learn Japanese...but that's a bit too practical for my tastes...need something with whimsy.)

Jess said...

If you like that genre, have you read AJ Jacobs' books?

Turi said...

Living Biblically and the encyclopedia one, yes - and really liked them. He has a new one coming out soon, too, that's a collection of essays, I think. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the recommendation!