"Power Trip" book cover and designAmanda Little (née Griscom), longtime Grist reporter and columnist, has ‘fessed up to being a fossil-fuel addict.  To inform her recovery process, she took a trip around the U.S. to see America’s energy crisis up close — and to see the greener options that are poised to transform our economy and the world.

The result?  No, Little hasn’t gone cold turkey.  But she did write a book about her adventures, which took her from deep-sea oil rigs to Kansas cornfields, NASCAR tracks to high-priced plastic-surgery clinics, Pentagon offices to her local produce aisle, and electric-car companies to zero-energy homes.

Grist has exclusive excerpts from Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells—Our Ride to the Renewable Future (HarperCollins), plus previously unpublished photos of the author’s hijinks along the way. (See links to excerpts on the right.)

Find out more about the book and book tour, and if you’re in the Seattle area, join us at a Grist-sponsored reading at Elliott Bay Book Company on Nov. 12, 2009, at 7:00 pm.

Watch Little tell the story behind Power Trip: