Advance praise for Farewell, My Subaru aFine is Bryson Funny.a aaSanta Cruz Sentinel aFine is an amiable and self-deprecating storyteller in the mold of Douglas Adams. If you're a fan of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-style humor -- and also looking to find out how to raise your own livestock to feed your ice-cream fetish -- Farewell may prove a vital tool.a aa The Washington Post aFine is an eco-hero for our time..a aa Miami Herald aAn afterward offers solid advice and sources for learning more.a aa On Earth Magazine, Natural Resources Defense Fund aThis is Green Acres for the smart seta: a witty and educational look at sustainable living. Buy it, read it, compost it.a aA. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically aThe details of Doug Fineas experiment in green living are great funaabut more important is the spirit, the dawning understanding that living in connection to something more tangible than a computer mouse is what we were built for. Itall make you want to move!a aBill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future Like many Americans, Doug Fine enjoys his creature comforts, but he also knows full well they keep him addicted to oil. So he wonders: Is it possible to keep his Netflix and his car, his Wi-Fi and his subwoofers, and still reduce his carbon footprint? In an attempt to find out, Fine up and moves to a remote ranch in New Mexico, where he brazenly vows to grow his own food, use sunlight to power his world, and drive on restaurant grease. Never mind that heas never raised so much as a chicken or a bean. Or that he has no mechanical or electrical skills. Whether installing Japanese solar panels, defending the goats he found on Craigslist against coyotes, or co-opting waste oil from the local Chinese restaurant to try and fill the new aveggie oila tank in his ROAT (short for Ridiculously Oversized American Truck), Fineas extraordinary undertaking makes one thing clear: It ainat easy being green. In fact, his journey uncovers a slew of surprising facts about alternative energy, organic and locally grown food, and climate change. Both a hilarious romp and an inspiring call to action, Farewell, My Subaru makes a profound statement about trading todayas instant gratifications for a deeper, more enduring kind of satisfaction. From the Hardcover edition.But I surprised myself by immediately taking to the Monster Truck I had purchased. the way a recruit handed a bazooka might ... of close calls at my initial overpasses. and when I pulled over I figured out quickly that whatever else it meant to be a full-size truck owner. ... and it is physically impossible. in the Eartha#39;s atmosphere. to steer a 2001 Ford F- 250 into a standard parking space on the first try.
|Title||:||Farewell, My Subaru|
|Publisher||:||Villard - 2008-03-25|