Synopses & Reviews
"Reading Almost Green is like getting a new pair of glasses when you thought you could see just fine. Many important shades of distinction and subtle insights fill the book. A smart, contemplative read."Douglas Coupland James Glave, a self-proclaimed "child of suburbia," learns about the real implications and sacrifices involved in sustainable living when he practices it at his home on Bowen Island, British Columbia, where "eco-yuppies" and local hunters are engaged in a turf war. Employing gurus and energy-savvy builders, Glave sets out to build a "green" writing studio on a budget of $50,000. But he remains skeptical of the current trends in the eco-movement, and questions the high-and-mighty "conservationist" rigmarole. How can a family man on a modest salary afford to live a green lifestyle? At what cost to his children? How do you get rain to go to your garden? How much eco-destruction is too much? The book that results from Glave's attempts to answer questions such as these is a surprisingly funny, informative, and refreshingly irreverent take on green issues and a candid look at the costs and benefits of living an eco-friendly lifestyle.
"In this compelling account of his 'cockamamie' ecological odyssey, journalist Glave, 'enthusiastic composter' and guilty SUV owner, recounts his efforts to reduce his carbon footprint by building a 'green' writing studio and guesthouse adjoining his less than environmentally correct home outside of Vancouver. As irreverent as it is deeply informative, the book traces Glave's misadventures and steep environmental learning curve he considers (and discards) elaborate straw bale and rammed earth construction schemes, navigates the intricacies of securing recovered wood and negotiating with neighbors concerned about sight lines as he ponders how to reconcile the contradictions in his lifestyle ('I buy or pick organic, locally grown berries, then gleefully slather them with Cool Whip') and how to inspire environmental awareness in his community without turning his neighbors defensive or his car-crazy young son into a 'playground weirdo.' Costs and domestic tensions mount as Glave tears down a pricey carport, which was a gift from his conservative father-in-law, and his shed's footprint threatens his wife's cherished garden. The focus of this endearing eco-memoir is primarily on getting the dream shed built, but Glave's sensible (and sometimes caustically comic) green consciousness has real universal appeal. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Glave, a self-proclaimed child of suburbia, learns about the real implications and sacrifices involved in sustainable living, which he documents in this funny and informative look at the costs and benefits of living an eco-friendly lifestyle.
About the Author
James Glave is a former senior editor of Outside magazine. He has also worked for and contributed to numerous other publications including Wired, Condé Nast Traveler, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia, with his wife and two children.