THE ENTERTAINMENT CRITIC BOOK REVIEW, BY JAMES MYERS
GREEN CHIC: SAVING THE EARTH IN STYLE
By Christie Matheson
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc.
Publication Date: March 2008
Four Star Rating ****
CHRISTIE MATHESON IS A WRITER LIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO AND BOSTON. HER WORK HAS APPEARED IN BODY & SOUL, GLAMOUR, SHAPE, BOSTON, SAN FRANCISCO, YOGA JOURNAL, AND THE BOSTON GLOBE MAGAZINE. SHE IS COAUTHOR OF THE CONFETTI CAKES COOKBOOK, VINEYARD HARVEST: A YEAR OF GOOD FOOD ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD, AND TEA PARTY AND IS THE AUTHOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE OUTDOOR TRAVEL BOOK DISCOVER RHODE ISLAND.
“And anyway, all the chic stuff is just a very nice bonus. Which brings me to the real reasons why living green is the only way to go. I’m going to get serious for a minute. I promise the rest of the book isn’t this stern or scary. But before we get to the fun ideas we need to get to why it is important to live green.
We are destroying our planet.”
Christie Matheson has written an unusual book about looking good while fighting global warming. This book shows us that you as a woman, you can look fabulous and still save the planet. Loaded with helpful tips and thoughtful information, this book is contrary to the idea that going green forces you to give up the luxuries that you love or that you need to replace everything you own with burdensome green replacements. Unlike other books, Green Chic is not about buying your way to being green. It is about working with what you have and changing your personal style in a fun helpful way to becoming green. In this book, we discover that “exciting, efficient, and effective ways” to be environmentally conscious and stylish, while saving the planet. The book is loaded with practical ideas about looking good and conservation. It is a fresh, thoughtful book, written in a conversational style, which makes the reading surprisingly simple and approachable. Each chapter is full of tested, helpful suggestions and tips designed to make your life easier, and yet be more environmentally conscious. Matheson has a gentle, prodding style and manner that makes this environmental treatise easy to swallow. There are many checklists and tips in this book, along with thoughtful explanations that help us get “the big picture” without being preachy. Matheson and our good friends at Sourcebook have come up with a winner. Surprisingly good, this book deserves your attention.
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