No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet—and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process

Colin Beavan, Author . Farrar, Straus & Giroux $25 (274p) ISBN 978-0-374-22288-8

Beavan (Fingerprint ) chronicles his yearlong effort to leave as little impact on the environment as possible. Realizing that he had erred in “thinking that condemning other people's misdeeds somehow made [him] virtuous,” he makes a stab at genuine (and radical) virtue: forgoing toilet paper and electricity, relinquishing motorized transportation, becoming a locavore and volunteering with environmental organizations. Beavan captures his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising revelations: “lower resource use won't fill the empty spaces in my life, but it is just possible that a world in which we already suffer so much loss could be made a little bit better if husbands were kinder to their wives.” While few readers will be tempted to go to Beavan's extremes, most will mull over his thought-provoking reflections and hopefully reconsider their own lifestyles. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 05/25/2009
Release date: 09/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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