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  1. 1 reviews 0 5 4.5 4 out of 5 stars 4.5/5 (1)
    6.7 hrs • 4/22/2014 • Unabridged

    A graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self—in just eighty-four square feet—by Dee Williams, a pioneer in sustainable living and the proud owner of a very tiny house After a heart condition felled Dee Williams in the grocery store ten years ago, she initially threw herself headfirst back into her old life, which included a pricey three-bedroom house, overtime hours to cover homeowner bills, and a general lack of free time. In the midst of contemplating her future, a new sense of clarity took hold. What was all this stuff for? Mortgage payments and the time-suck of homeownership felt like a waste, and no one has the money or desire to pack it in and live on an island without family, friends, or health insurance. Discovering the sustainability movement and building her own house was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her ten minutes to clean the entire house. It’s allowed her to slow down, scale back, spend more time with family and friends—and given her the freedom to head out for adventure, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch. Without escaping to the wilds or going off the grid, Williams achieved a happy balance of the normal and the radical and created a new model for simple, practical living. Part how-to and part why-to, The Big Tiny is not just a memoir of that “aha” moment posttrauma but an utterly seductive meditation on what it means to build the good life and the right life, every day.

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    The Big Tiny by Dee Williams

    The Big Tiny

    6.7 hrs • 4/22/14 • Unabridged
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  2. 15.2 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the twenty-first century just ain’t normal. In Folks, This Ain’t Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as “Virginia’s most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture” and profiled in the Academy Award nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the bestselling book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn’t stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller’s knack for the revealing anecdote. Salatin’s crucial message and distinctive voice—practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure—make Folks, This Ain’t Normal a must-read book.

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    Folks, This Ain’t Normal

    15.2 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  3. 3.4 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Save money with hands-on, smart household energy solutions!Want to make eco-friendly changes in your house that will save energy? This practical guide is packed with tips and projects for increasing your home's energy efficiency while reducing costs and cutting down on waste and pollution. You'll see how to put together your own energy action plan based on your needs — and make your lifestyle more comfortable and enjoyable. –Learn from an energy expert — the author draws on his extensive experience to provide the best, most effective solutions –Evaluate your energy usage — perform a home energy audit and identify the areas that need improvement –Reduce inefficiencies inside and out — banish contaminants, seal and insulate your home, get more from your heating and air conditioning, fix leaks, and more –Cut costs in every room — use the right lights and switches, stop wasting water, and lessen the load on appliances Open the book and find: –Explanations of energy costs –Advice on changing your consumption habits –Instructions for calculating your carbon footprint –The ten best efficiency investments –Tips for financing energy improvements –The pros and cons of different energy alternatives –Top solar investments –The most efficient ways to reduce waste

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  4. 3.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    Do you long for the country life? Hobby Farming For Dummies is a practical guide that will show you how to handle all the basics of small-scale farming, from growing healthy crops to raising livestock and managing your property. You'll see how to decide what to farm, provide shelter and utilities, select plants, and protect your investment. It's all you need to dig in and start growing! You'll get a real idea of what it really means to jump from your current lifestyle to a life farming in the countryside. You'll get the information you need to decide if the farming lifestyle is right for you and your personality. You'll learn everything you need to know about property and how to access a power supply. You'll get practical advice on which animals would work best for your farm and you'll learn how to acquire them and what you need to know about caring for them properly. You'll get help with all of the major decisions like whether you're better off with subsistence farming or a more ambitious project. Find out how to: –Make from change to a farm lifestyle –Get along with your neighbors –Find and buy rural properties –Select and maintain equipment –Raise and care for animals –Use and preserve food items –Avoid common farming pitfalls –Choose plans for your farm Complete with lists of the ten unique opportunities for fun and the top ten misconceptions about farm living, Hobby Farming For Dummies will help you discover how you can live the simple life.

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  5. 3.1 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    This audio features strategies to apply green principles in your daily life. Minimize your impact on the world and enjoy a green lifestyle. Want to join the worldwide environmental initiative? This practical guide is packed with realistic ways to help the environment and create a better home for you and your loved ones, from reducing energy use and waste and scaling back reliance on your car to making a difference in your diet, at work, and in your community. You'll see how green living affects the environment—and why going green is great for your well-being! Discover how to: ·  Make eco-friendly home improvements ·  Work greener transportation into your lifestyle ·  Eat locally and organically ·  Repair, restore, and reuse

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  6. 5.7 hrs • 3/26/2012 • Unabridged

    Hybrid cars, fast trains, compact florescent lightbulbs, solar panels, carbon offsets—everything you’ve been told about being green is wrong. The quest for a breakthrough battery or a hundred-mile-per-gallon car is a dangerous fantasy. We are consumers, and we like to consume greenly and efficiently. But David Owen argues that our best intentions are still at cross-purposes to our true goal: living sustainably while caring for our environment and the future of the planet. Efficiency, once considered the holy grail of our environmental problems, turns out to be part of the problem—we have little trouble turning increases in efficiency into increases in consumption. David Owen’s elegant narrative, filled with fascinating information and anecdotes, takes you through the history of energy and the quest for efficiency. Owen introduces the listener to some of the smartest people working on solving our energy problems. He details the arguments of efficiency’s proponents and its antagonists—and in the process overturns most traditional wisdom about being green. This is a book that will change how you look at the world. Scientific geniuses will not invent our way out of the energy and economic crisis we’re in. We already have the technology and knowledge we need to live sustainably. But will we do it? That is the conundrum.

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    The Conundrum

    5.7 hrs • 3/26/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 12.0 hrs • 3/9/2010 • Unabridged

    We have a problem with stuff. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, we’re consuming 30 percent of the world’s resources and creating 30 percent of the world’s waste. If everyone consumed at US rates, we would need three to five planets! This alarming fact drove Annie Leonard to create the Internet film sensation The Story of Stuff, which has been viewed over ten million times. Now in a landmark book in the tradition of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Leonard tracks the life of the stuff we use every day—how it is produced, distributed, and consumed, and where it goes when we throw it out. Leonard’s message is startlingly clear: we have too much stuff, and too much of it is toxic. Outlining the five stages of our consumption-driven economy—from extraction through production, distribution, consumption, and disposal—she vividly illuminates its frightening repercussions. Leonard reveals the true story behind our possessions and how we as consumers are compromising our health, safety, and quality of life. Meanwhile all this stuff isn’t even making us happier! The drive for a “growth at all costs” economy fuels a system in crisis, but Annie Leonard shows us that this is not the way things have to be. Expansive, galvanizing, and sobering yet optimistic, The Story of Stuff transforms how we think about our lives and our relationship to the planet.

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    The Story of Stuff

    12.0 hrs • 3/9/10 • Unabridged
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  8. 5.8 hrs • 2/23/2010 • Unabridged

    On Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jeff Garlin plays Larry David’s friend and manager, who doggedly sticks up for him and gets involved in his schemes, no matter how morally dubious they may be. My Footprint is perhaps Jeff’s best scheme yet.  Using his natural storytelling ability, Jeff documents his quest to live a more earth-friendly lifestyle and lose seventy-five pounds in intimate and hilarious detail. He exposes his innermost secrets and reveals his foibles—including his penchant for eating pudding and napping. A heavyset couch potato who daydreams about his next snack, Jeff dives in headfirst and begins meeting regularly with a personal trainer, a pilates instructor (who happens to be a former Solid Gold dancer), and using his Wii Fit. Jeff’s extraordinary undertaking yields highs and lows, struggles and triumphs—and many, many, laughs. Inspiring and entertaining, My Footprint is a comedic memoir that’s not to be missed.

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    My Footprint

    Read by Jeff Garlin, as told to Leonard Nimoy
    5.8 hrs • 2/23/10 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.1 hrs • 4/14/2009 • Abridged

    Ecological Intelligence recasts the uproar over global warming and the assault of man-made toxins into our bodies in terms of the collective self-deception which both created this crisis and holds a key to its solution. Ecological Intelligence argues that “green’ labels and recycling programs may do more harm than good by feeding a vital lie, lulling us into the illusion that we are doing enough already while ignoring the adverse impact of the far vaster proportion of what we buy and do. The book brings a psychologist's insights into the world of commerce, arguing for radical transparency—tracking every substantial impact over the life cycle of an item, from manufacture to daily use, to disposal—and surfacing those impacts at the point of purchase. The movement toward such transparency augurs a day when the free market will operate in public interest.

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    Ecological Intelligence

    5.1 hrs • 4/14/09 • Abridged
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  10. 7.9 hrs • 4/14/2009 • Unabridged

    Ecological Intelligence recasts the uproar over global warming and the assault of man-made toxins into our bodies in terms of the collective self-deception which both created this crisis and holds a key to its solution. Ecological Intelligence argues that “green’ labels and recycling programs may do more harm than good by feeding a vital lie, lulling us into the illusion that we are doing enough already while ignoring the adverse impact of the far vaster proportion of what we buy and do. The book brings a psychologist's insights into the world of commerce, arguing for radical transparency—tracking every substantial impact over the life cycle of an item, from manufacture to daily use, to disposal—and surfacing those impacts at the point of purchase. The movement toward such transparency augurs a day when the free market will operate in public interest.

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    Ecological Intelligence

    7.9 hrs • 4/14/09 • Unabridged
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