Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure In Local Living

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Advance praise for Farewell, My Subaru

Fine is Bryson Funny. Santa Cruz Sentinel

Fine 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. The Washington Post

Fine is an eco-hero for our time.. Miami Herald

An afterward offers solid advice and sources for learning more. On Earth Magazine, Natural Resources Defense Fund

This is Green Acres for the smart set: a witty and educational look at sustainable living. Buy it, read it, compost it.
A. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

The details of Doug Fines experiment in green living are great funbut 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. Itll make you want to move!
Bill 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 hes 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 veggie oil tank in his ROAT (short for Ridiculously Oversized American Truck), Fines extraordinary undertaking makes one thing clear: It aint 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 todays instant gratifications for a deeper, more enduring kind of satisfaction.


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