Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, I’m sure you’ve been hearing over and over again all the glowing praises for Grist’s slick new book, Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day.
What? You’ve never even heard of it? That must be an awfully nice rock you’re camping under.
To bring you up to speed: Wake Up and Smell the Planet represents the pivotal and profound expression of the translation of contemporary environmental metaphysics into the palpable form of quotidian life … Gotcha! We’re actually just trying to guide real people as they make real decisions in real life that have real environmental consequences. Really. All packed into a handy take-it-on-the-bus-or-pass-it-to-a-friend book form.
Still not convinced to pick up a copy? Well, for once, don’t take our word for it. Take everybody else’s. The reviews are in …
The Seattle Times says:
"… the guide’s actual guidance is relevant, hip and chockfull of witty word play … a groovy green heap o’ advice for working, working out, eating, shopping, commuting, raising kids, raising pets — basically, for life."
"For well-meaning but utterly confused consumers, the editors of Grist.org, an environmental Web site, have published Wake Up and Smell the Planet, a (biodegradable, of course) handbook with tips for greening your life."
Arcadia Maximo, environment editor of BellaOnline, says:
"Never has a book on going green made me laugh so hard! Wake Up and Smell the Planet is a collection of ideas, tips and advice that spans over eight years of exploring environmental issues, in a highly entertaining and informative way. They cleverly use humor to captivate the audience, especially about a topic that is starting to feel a little backlash — green fatigue anyone? … I think this book would make a great gift for the eco-geeks all the way to the eco-phobes in your life."
Apartment Therapy Re-Nest says:
"As serious as we are about the environment, sometimes too much earnestness makes us feel cranky. We enjoyed this read because some of it’s refreshingly goofy (workout advice: "Volunteer to lift sacks of bulk grains at your local grocery store"), but also packed with all kinds of great information … This is a great gift for a friend who seems intrigued, although possibly intimidated, by the whole green thing — or a nice addition to your library if you’re looking for a few laughs and some great tips."
Jeff Reifman of Idealog says:
"Like Grist, this is a quirky, humorous, entertaining, and sometimes irreverent read … Consider this guide an off-line beacon, bringing Grist’s edgy authority, impeccable research, and planetary cheerleading to a broader audience."
"Another book to add to the must read list! … It takes a look at the daily choices we make and how to simply "green" them. And of course Grist’s quirky personality shines throughout the entire book as well."
The Editors at Shared-Vision.com say:
"Got a penchant for puns and a drive to save the world? Then chances are you’re already a regular reader of environmental humour website Grist.org. If not, you’re in for a treat, in the form of this snappy little book."
Barnes & Noble says:
"Forget the guilt; forget the panic; learn to live green. That seems to be the message of Grist’s guide to grassroots sustainability…A cheering answer to ‘What can I do?’"
Up next: what the readers are saying. Stay tuned! Or better yet, read it for yourself and tell us what you think!