Sleeping Naked Is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days Paperback – Apr 14 2009
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About the Author
Vanessa Farquharson is an arts reporter and film critic at the National Post, based in Toronto. Her blog, "Green as a Thistle," tracked her year-long green adventure. She has been published in Eye Weekly and the Ottawa Citizen, profiled on Treehugger.com and featured numerous times on CBC Radio.
Top Customer Reviews
I have recommended this read to all of my eco-minded friends and will continue to do so. Not only is it a great story, but it's a great reference too.
However, if you’re interested to learn more about what this “green thing” is all about – or if you’re looking for some moral support as you make some green changes, then pick this book up. If you’ve ever felt a pang of eco-guilt as you waited in the drive-thru line at Tim Horton’s with your car idling but feel helpless to do anything about it – then read this book. If you already wear bamboo shirts, hemp pants, Birkenstocks and drink locally grown herbal teas on your bike commute to the handmade soap shop your worker co-op runs, but are amused by watching others “see the light” – then you’ll like this one too.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Good writing and very approachable. Worth the money and time.
Farquharson displays her skill as a writer; readers will laugh as her cat accidentally dives into a 'fermenting' toilet bowl and as her homemade worm compost bin accidentally falls apart on the living room carpet. The author marvels at the internal changes to her own body when she adjusts to life without much heating and air conditioning and subsequently notices "hot flashes" in other people's homes. As such, the book provides an entertaining read even without such interesting green information as the fact that many non-organic beekeepers kill their bees at the end of each season, whereas most organic beekeepers do not because of the expense of getting a hive certified as organic.
But the book certainly bears its flaws. A self-described cynic, Farquharson maintains a careful lightheartedness but also maligns the green movement in shallow and childish ways.Read more ›
Nonetheless, I could relate to many of her struggles to go "green." I appreciated her honesty when confronted with potential hypocritical situations and how she missed her hair straighter. She doesn't bother trying to make it sound fun and easy to follow through on all her challenges, and sometimes it's those little things that are the biggest pain in the butt (I hate washing and reusing plastic bags, but I still do it), and in the end she finds deeper meaning in how all the small and large changes she made affected her life. At the very least, it's a refreshing breather from the more extreme views out there (phew, I don't have to be hard-core vegan to be green), and I'm pretty sure I'd like her a lot in person.
Most recent customer reviews
Hilarious! Smart! Simply awesome book! I read at least one chap per night and found myself laughing every night before I went to sleep. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2010 by Kimberlly Walters
The (mostly) negatives:
- I hate her snide and snarky attitude. She is trying to come off as funny, she comes off as an uppity bitch. Read more
Vanessa's book was a great introduction for me to living in a more environmentally conscious way. I have since changed many of my ways and though have yet to unplug my fridge--who... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2010 by M. Boschman
I found this book an insightful and humorous look into what life looks like for a modern day environmentalist. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2009 by J. Spicer