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No impact man : the adventures of a guilty liberal who attempts to save the plan
Colin Beavan
Adult Nonfiction TD171.7 .B43 2009b

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Beavan (Fingerprint) chronicles his yearlong effort to leave as little impact on the environment as possible. Realizing that he had erred in "thinking that condemning other people's misdeeds somehow made [him] virtuous," he makes a stab at genuine (and radical) virtue: forgoing toilet paper and electricity, relinquishing motorized transportation, becoming a locavore and volunteering with environmental organizations. Beavan captures his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising revelations: "lower resource use won't fill the empty spaces in my life, but it is just possible that a world in which we already suffer so much loss could be made a little bit better if husbands were kinder to their wives." While few readers will be tempted to go to Beavan's extremes, most will mull over his thought-provoking reflections and hopefully reconsider their own lifestyles. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Beavan details the roller coaster that was his family's experiment of low/no-impact living. The plot touches on all the main themes of the genre: consumerism and waste, struggles between idealism and self-righteousness, the value of time and the issue of necessity. Beavan has clearly done his homework with regard to the major writers on personal environmental issues and includes an appendix. But the book's best attribute is its honest emotion, as well as the chapter on local food. Verdict It's not a fresh story, but it's certainly aided by the fluid and admirably reflective narration, which might inspire readers to unplug their TVs. As Beavan says, just try. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/09; No Impact Man: The Documentary is currently playing in theaters.-Ed.]-Jaime Hammond, Naugatuck Valley Community Coll., Waterbury, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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