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41.

THE GREENED HOUSE EFFECT

Jeff Wilson
Paperback

Price: $29.95

It’s said that the greenest building is the one that’s already built, because so much energy is embodied in the existing structure.

With greater public awareness of the need for energy independence, the issue of how we can make our existing homes more resource-efficient is becoming ever more critical. Residential buildings make up a large fraction of our energy needs, largely due to heating and air-conditioning. So it’s no longer enough to simply do the small stuff, like switching to compact fluorescent bulbs, or turning down the thermostat at night.

In The Greened House Effect, author Jeff Wilson brings his twenty-five years of construction experience and hands-on knowledge of home building to bear on making our current houses cleaner, greener, more comfortable, and healthier. Think of a deep energy retrofit (DER) as a “whole home makeover”—one that represents a significant investment, but that saves money from the get-go by capturing the energy you “drop on the ground” every month, every year, through inefficiency, poor design, or simply living in a typical older home. This isn’t a book about freezing in the dark, but a solution that allows us to live more comfortably while making a positive impact in the world.

“We can’t buy our way out of the current and impending crises with the latest and greatest high-tech. We can’t buy our way out of it by simply replacing our old stuff with newer, “greener” stuff. That approach only assures that we will continue to experience the vicious circle of energy waste and dependence. I would argue, though, that we can save our way out of these problems,” writes Wilson.

Using his own family’s retrofit of their 1942 home as a prime example, Wilson weaves a readable narrative at a practical, hammer-and-nail level. He presents the solutions to our building and energy problems, making them seem possible for average homeowners and small contractors by offering the right balance of information, skills, financing strategies, and materials.

Technical information is presented in sidebars and graphs, and numerous color photos illustrate the process, including:

  • Testing the energy efficiency of your home and learning where improvements need to be made;
  • Dealing with local building codes and regulations;
  • Financing and paying for a DER;
  • Major components of the DER, such as roofs, exterior walls, basements, and whole house systems; and
  • Details of home-scale renewable energy options to complement the DER, including passive and active solar systems.

Wilson’s building experience, along with his lifelong passion for energy issues, all come together to form an inspirational, can-do approach to making our community, our nation, and our world a better place—one home at a time.

42.

EATING ON THE WILD SIDE

Jo Robinson
Hardcover

Price: $27.00

Eating on the Wild Side is the first book to reveal the nutritional history of our fruits and vegetables. Starting with the wild plants that were central to our original diet, investigative journalist…

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Eating on the Wild Side is the first book to reveal the nutritional history of our fruits and vegetables. Starting with the wild plants that were central to our original diet, investigative journalist Jo Robinson describes how 400 generations of farmers have unwittingly squandered a host of essential fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. New research shows that these losses have made us more vulnerable to our most troubling conditions and diseases: obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation and dementia.

In an engaging blend of science and story, Robinson describes how and when we transformed the food in the produce aisles. Wild apples, for example, have from three to 100 times more antioxidants than Galas and Honeycrisps, and are five times more effective in killing cancer cells. Compared with spinach, one of our present-day "superfoods," wild dandelion leaves have eight times more antioxidant activity, two times more calcium, three more times vitamin A, and five times more vitamins K and E.

How do we begin to recoup the losses of essential nutrients? By "eating on the wild side": choosing present-day fruits and vegetables that come closest to the nutritional bounty of their wild ancestors. Robinson explains that many of these jewels of nutrition are hiding in plain sight in our supermarkets, farmers markets, and U-pick orchards. Eating on the Wild Side provides the world's most extensive list of these superlative varieties. Drawing on her five-year review of recently published studies, Robinson introduces simple, scientifically proven methods of storage and preparation that will preserve and even enhance their health benefits:

  • Squeezing fresh garlic in a garlic press and then setting it aside for 10 minutes before cooking it will increase your defenses against cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • Baking potatoes, refrigerating them overnight, and then reheating them before serving will keep them from spiking your blood sugar.
  • Cooking most berries makes them more nutritious.
  • Shredding lettuce the day before you eat it will double its antioxidant activity.
  • Store watermelon on the kitchen counter for up to a week and it will develop more lycopene.
  • Eat broccoli the day you buy it to preserve its natural sugars and cancer-fighting compounds.
The information in this surprising, important and meticulously researched book will prove invaluable for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike, and forever change the way we think about food.

43.

SLOW DEATH BY RUBBER DUCK

Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie
Paperback

Price: $15.95

Pollution isn't just an abstract, distant problem seen in belching smokestacks and contaminated waterways; it's also personal. Some of the most dangerous pollutants come from commonplace items in our…

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Pollution isn't just an abstract, distant problem seen in belching smokestacks and contaminated waterways; it's also personal. Some of the most dangerous pollutants come from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces, products such as shampoos and toothpastes, carpets and children's toys.

To prove this point, leading environmentalists Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie conducted their own research by ingesting and inhaling a host of things that are part of our everyday lives. Using their own bodies as the reference point to tell the story of pollution in our modern world, they expose the miscreant corporate giants who manufacture the toxins, the weak-kneed government officials who let it happen, and the effects on people and families across the globe. Slow Death by Rubber Duck, the book that resulted from their experience, exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO FAMILY HEALTH

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Keeping your family healthy all year long is one of the toughest jobs, and it's made all the more difficult by the effects of ingredients and chemicals in over-the-counter medicine and household clean…

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Keeping your family healthy all year long is one of the toughest jobs, and it's made all the more difficult by the effects of ingredients and chemicals in over-the-counter medicine and household cleaners. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Family Health offers helpful articles that will help you take control of your family's health. Covering everything from homemade remedies to first-aid kit essentials, this 100-page guide contains natural wellness tips, information on which food additives to avoid, and much more.

Read how to keep seasonal illness and chronic disease at bay by using natural methods to boost your immune system. Learn how to grow a healing garden and enjoy the benefits of herbs growing right outside your front door. Discover new beauty products - whether store bought or homemade - that are healthier and safer for you. Make your home a healthy home by following simple recipes for household cleaners (and avoid using harsh chemicals).

Articles in the guide include:

  • Simple Soaps: Making your own soap is simple with the right tools. Create your own soap bars at home - all without lye.
  • 3 Most Dangerous Toxins in Your Home: With thousands of chemicals in home products, eliminating them all is no small task. Reduce these most-toxic chemicals.
  • Safe Spaces for Your Baby: Create a safe space for your baby, using these tips for designing a nontoxic nursery.
  • Why It's Still Smart to Buy Organic: Despite recent highly publicized headlines that claim the contrary, eating organic really is better for our health.
  • Stress Less: Improved habits and herbal remedies can reduce your stress load.
  • Naturally Pain-Free: Over-the-counter pain relievers can cause medical problems. Forgo pharmaceuticals in favor of natural options.

45.

HONEY CRAFTING

Leeann Coleman
Paperback

Price: $17.95

With the increased interest in beekeeping, as well as the popular locavore, artisan and raw food movements, honey has gone from a cereal flavor to an upscale trend.

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With the increased interest in beekeeping, as well as the popular locavore, artisan and raw food movements, honey has gone from a cereal flavor to an upscale trend.

Raw honey is being touted for its vitamins and minerals content, and is considered a healthy, natural alternative to processed sugars. Honey Crafting will introduce readers to more than 30 recipes that will make their mouth water. As a beauty product, honey is used in natural facemasks, hair conditioners and skin treatments. Authors Leeann Coleman and Jayne Barnes reveal the secrets behind fantastic products such as:

  • Lavender Beeswax Body Cream
  • Mandarin Clove Lip Balm
  • Honey Soap
This beautiful keepsake also teaches how to make beeswax candles, ornaments and lanterns that make sweet-smelling gifts for any home.

Honey Crafting is a beautiful, upscale guide to the many uses of honey and beeswax that will appeal to both the beekeeping enthusiast and the casual user of these natural ingredients.

46.

HOME REMEDIES FROM A COUNTRY DOCTOR

J. Heinrichs, D. Heinrichs
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Got a cough you can't cure? An insatiable craving for a candy bar? A hangover you can't shake? This is the book for anyone who wants quick, simple, time-proven cures for anything that ails you. Collec…

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Got a cough you can't cure? An insatiable craving for a candy bar? A hangover you can't shake? This is the book for anyone who wants quick, simple, time-proven cures for anything that ails you. Collected from more than 250 country doctors, herbalists, nurses, midwives, dentists and other medical professionals, here are more than 1,400 drug-free, country-tested remedies for warding off a backache, curing a cough with licorice, relieving neck pain with a hot-pepper cream, cooking a breakfast that will ward off a headache, curing a dizzy spell with potato chips, and much more. These "house-call cures" are tried and true and should be available in every home.

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ORGANIZE NOW!

Jennifer Ford Berry
Hardcover

Price: $16.99

Clutter has a cost. It steals your storage space, robs your time and energy, and takes away the peace and beauty of your home. Don't pay for it another minute-get organized, now!

This upda…

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Clutter has a cost. It steals your storage space, robs your time and energy, and takes away the peace and beauty of your home. Don't pay for it another minute-get organized, now!

This updated and expanded edition of the best-selling Organize Now! features even more quick, effective organizing ideas. Easy-to-follow checklists show you how to organize any part of your life in less than one week. You spend more time organizing and less time reading-a perfect fit for your busy lifestyle! Long-term goals help keep the clutter away for the months and years to follow, so you can maintain the order you create.

You'll find help with everything from time management and routines to mental clutter, paperwork, pets, purses, toys, rooms and life events such as moving and celebrating the holidays.

Special money-saving tips show you how to use your organizing efforts to cut costs around the house and even make a little money. Don't let piles of paperwork, overflowing closets and overbooked schedules drain your resources and energy anymore. Take control with Organize Now!

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A MOM'S GUIDE TO HOME ORGANIZATION

Debbie Lillard
Paperback

Price: $26.99

Do you dream of having a clutter-free kitchen, organized closet, tidy toy room and stress-free schedule? All of this and more is within your reach when you follow the practical and effective organizin…

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Do you dream of having a clutter-free kitchen, organized closet, tidy toy room and stress-free schedule? All of this and more is within your reach when you follow the practical and effective organizing advice in this book. In this ultimate home organization guide Debbie Lillard, professional organizer and mother of three, helps you gain and maintain order in three key areas of your family life:

  • Your Time: Learn how to get more done in less time by streamlining everyday duties, creating morning, after-school and bedtime routines, and effectively managing extracurricular activities.
  • Your Belongings: Use Lillard's simple but effective C.P.R. method (Categorize, Purge and Rearrange) to organize toys, clothes, children's artwork, paperwork, photos, collections and more.
  • Your Home: Follow the step-by-step instructions for organizing every room in your home, plus find help for keeping your child's schoolbag, desk, locker and home study area organized.
Follow the book from start to finish for a complete home makeover, or dip in here or there for help with one problem area at a time. The tried-and-true advice will help you simplify your life so you can spend less time struggling to keep up and more time savoring everyday moments with your family.

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THE EASY ORGANIZER

Marilyn Bohn
Hardcover

Price: $17.99

Do you feel overwhelmed by the stuff in your life? Are you tired of sifting through piles every time you or your family need one particular thing? The Easy Organizer can solve your problems.

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Do you feel overwhelmed by the stuff in your life? Are you tired of sifting through piles every time you or your family need one particular thing? The Easy Organizer can solve your problems.

This book has 365 home organization tips that will simplify the way you organize your home. Each tip is full of quick, to-the-point instructions that will give you immediate results. You'll declutter your life in no time. Inside you'll find creative ideas for how to organize:

  • closets and clothing
  • children's toys and artwork
  • storage areas
  • entryways and mudrooms
  • the kitchen
  • the dining room
  • living areas
  • bedrooms
  • bathrooms
  • linen closets and laundry areas
  • craft and hobby materials
Plus the book's time management tips will help you get more done in less time, and there's a bonus chapter with 21 key organizing concepts. When you apply these concepts to your home on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, being organized will become a way of life. Let the advice in this book help you create a clutter-free home and life you truly enjoy.

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PLASTIC-FREE

Beth Terry
Hardcover

Price: $19.95

Like many people, Beth Terry didn't think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting…

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Like many people, Beth Terry didn't think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit. Now she wants to teach you how you can too. In her quirky and humorous style -- well-known to the readers of her popular blog, My Plastic-Free Life -- Terry provides personal anecdotes, stats about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and personal solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint.

Terry includes handy lists and charts for easy reference, ways to get involved in larger community actions, and profiles of individuals -- Plastic-Free Heroes -- who have gone beyond personal solutions to create a change on a larger scale. Plastic-Free also includes chapters on letting go of eco-guilt, strategies for coping with overwhelming problems, and ways to relate to other people who aren't as far along on the plastic-free path. Both a practical guide and the story of a personal journey from helplessness to empowerment, Plastic-Free is a must-read for anyone concerned about the ongoing health and happiness of themselves, their children, and the planet.

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