In this memoir of mishaps and lessons learned, Fine shares his yearlong trek to turn his newly bought New Mexico ranch into a green and sustainable environment with as little carbon fuel as possible. From using two very lovable goats for his organic food production to transitioning into a biofuel engine for his truck and even installing solar panels, Fine balances the troubling decisions Americans must consider while also revealing a host of unexpected benefits. He advocates that a gradual process, despite having to deal with moments of hypocrisy, is essential for it to work. Fine’s wry narration blends well with his often humorous and sarcastic tone. The energy and enthusiasm of his reading indicates that Fine not only relished the events but is happy to share his experience with listeners. ~ Publishers Weekly
At only 224 pages this was a a quick and enjoyable read, just perfect for some vacation down time. Even Brendan who never was much of a reader knocked this one over quite quickly with a few chuckles along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and came away more inspired than ever to get my little piece of land somewhere and make a go of living more locally. The message throughout is that we need to take steps, however small, to move to a more sustainable lifestyle. We can’t avoid being hypocrites at some point along our journey, but as long as we are moving in the right direction it’s better than doing nothing at all. I also really enjoyed reading about the journey from a guy’s point of view (as did Brendan). I highly recommend this book (8/10) and had added it to my list of books in the blog’s resource section.