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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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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (April 14 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470155108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470155103
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on May 5 2009
Format: Paperback
Love this book! It's a highly entertaining fun look at a real person, in a real city with a real job making real changes. Some so brave, I don't think I could actually do it. This book gives real details on how and why simple changes in our everyday lives can help us make a positive impact on the earth instead of a negative one...and isn't that really what we all want to do?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin Kittridge on Sept. 25 2009
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This is a book that makes you want to do better. And even better than that, it makes the goal of "being green" seem attainable...one step at a time.
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.
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I was looking for a light read to spend some of my school break and this book provided just that. If you’re looking for hard hitting analysis of the impact of our modern world, or are looking for a practical guide for greening your life, then this isn’t for you. If you’re already into pocket composting and are annoyed by the fact that others aren’t – this book is most definitely not for you. Just walk away.

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.
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By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 4 2014
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After watching "An Inconvenient Truth," journalist Vanessa Farquharson feels compelled to become more "green." She decides that she will make one environmental change per day for a year and blog about her progress. Her changes run the gamut from the simple (changing to recycled paper towels) to the slightly silly (sleeping naked to reduce laundry loads) to the extreme (turning off her refrigerator and oven). "Sleeping Naked is Green" doesn't read like a compilation of blog posts but rather like a diary. Each chapter opens with a chart of the author's changes for the entire month, then journal-like entries for especially interesting or pertinent days follow. Along the way, readers learn about her green changes, their impact on her days and a great deal (perhaps too much) about the inner workings of her personal and professional life.

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.
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A little bit of comedy, a little bit of romance, and a little bit of practical advice make "Sleeping Naked is Green" a very different book on going "green." As a "quiet country-dweller," I was a little envious at times of Vanessa Farquharson's hipper city life and career (I almost ended up in Toronto to go into publishing), but it turns out I'm way more hippie than hipster--and make no mistake, Vanessa is so not a hippie, and she will remind of that numerous times. I didn't completely like this book. She definitely came across as privileged and middle-class, so in many ways I couldn't relate to her whining about letting go of fancy wines and her worries over her frequent flying, and her boy troubles did get a little tiresome after awhile. However, I think she's sincere.

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.
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I loved this book. Yes, some of the things she did were obvious and maybe she could have done the simpler things first but all in all, this is a great book about a real woman who jumped into giving her life a green make over. It is a funny, inspirational book full of great ideas of things we can all do to make a difference in the environment. Some a little more extreme than others (unplugging your fridge for example) but a lot of simple things like making your own compost, using a diva cup, eating (and drinking) locally and more. It's a quick, easy, amusing read and I would definitely recommend it.
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