A helpful, well-written guide to making the most of recycling and composting.

RETHINK THE BINS

YOUR GUIDE TO SMART RECYCLING AND LESS HOUSEHOLD WASTE

A manual delivers an explanation of what happens to household recycling and describes how to reduce waste.

In this green living book, Goldstein takes readers through the process of recycling common household products and provides strategies for maximizing recycling efficiency and reducing overall waste generation. The guide explains how recycling moves from a curbside bin to a sorting facility and the likely paths that paper, metal, glass, plastic, and food waste will follow. The author addresses the challenges created in recent years by “China’s decision to stop buying trash and recyclables from North America and Europe” as well as the problems of contamination and inefficiency that limit the broader adoption of recycling practices. The book’s perspective is shaped by the fact that Goldstein lives in Seattle, which not only has a robust recycling program, but also offers municipal pickup of compost. The author is aware that such services are unavailable to most readers and supplies suggestions for private services and DIY alternatives to accomplish the same goals. While the work was written before the Covid-19 pandemic, an afterword addresses ways in which public health measures limit the feasibility of some of the manual’s suggestions, though Goldstein urges readers to continue to search for ways to reduce the impact of their consumption. A bulleted list of highlights ends most chapters, and readers are encouraged to visit the author’s website for printable versions of the worksheets included in the guide. Goldstein is a knowledgeable writer and does a good job of coherently explaining the often complex world of solid waste. In a largely judgment-free manner, she explains the challenges and tradeoffs of different approaches to recycling and presents solutions for readers who are trying to limit their waste within real-world constraints. There is occasionally a touch of wishful thinking, as in the suggestion that switching to a smaller garbage can “might encourage your neighbors to wonder why your garbage bin is smaller than theirs.” But even readers who do not find themselves discussing waste management with their neighbors will find the book useful and informative.

A helpful, well-written guide to making the most of recycling and composting.

Pub Date: Nov. 30, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-9995956-4-0

Page Count: 130

Publisher: Bebo Press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2020

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A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.

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GREENLIGHTS

All right, all right, all right: The affable, laconic actor delivers a combination of memoir and self-help book.

“This is an approach book,” writes McConaughey, adding that it contains “philosophies that can be objectively understood, and if you choose, subjectively adopted, by either changing your reality, or changing how you see it. This is a playbook, based on adventures in my life.” Some of those philosophies come in the form of apothegms: “When you can design your own weather, blow in the breeze”; “Simplify, focus, conserve to liberate.” Others come in the form of sometimes rambling stories that never take the shortest route from point A to point B, as when he recounts a dream-spurred, challenging visit to the Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, who offered a significant lesson in how disagreement can be expressed politely and without rancor. Fans of McConaughey will enjoy his memories—which line up squarely with other accounts in Melissa Maerz’s recent oral history, Alright, Alright, Alright—of his debut in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, to which he contributed not just that signature phrase, but also a kind of too-cool-for-school hipness that dissolves a bit upon realizing that he’s an older guy on the prowl for teenage girls. McConaughey’s prep to settle into the role of Wooderson involved inhabiting the mind of a dude who digs cars, rock ’n’ roll, and “chicks,” and he ran with it, reminding readers that the film originally had only three scripted scenes for his character. The lesson: “Do one thing well, then another. Once, then once more.” It’s clear that the author is a thoughtful man, even an intellectual of sorts, though without the earnestness of Ethan Hawke or James Franco. Though some of the sentiments are greeting card–ish, this book is entertaining and full of good lessons.

A conversational, pleasurable look into McConaughey’s life and thought.

Pub Date: Oct. 20, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-13913-4

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2020

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Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

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UNTAMED

More life reflections from the bestselling author on themes of societal captivity and the catharsis of personal freedom.

In her third book, Doyle (Love Warrior, 2016, etc.) begins with a life-changing event. “Four years ago,” she writes, “married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with a woman.” That woman, Abby Wambach, would become her wife. Emblematically arranged into three sections—“Caged,” “Keys,” “Freedom”—the narrative offers, among other elements, vignettes about the soulful author’s girlhood, when she was bulimic and felt like a zoo animal, a “caged girl made for wide-open skies.” She followed the path that seemed right and appropriate based on her Catholic upbringing and adolescent conditioning. After a downward spiral into “drinking, drugging, and purging,” Doyle found sobriety and the authentic self she’d been suppressing. Still, there was trouble: Straining an already troubled marriage was her husband’s infidelity, which eventually led to life-altering choices and the discovery of a love she’d never experienced before. Throughout the book, Doyle remains open and candid, whether she’s admitting to rigging a high school homecoming court election or denouncing the doting perfectionism of “cream cheese parenting,” which is about “giving your children the best of everything.” The author’s fears and concerns are often mirrored by real-world issues: gender roles and bias, white privilege, racism, and religion-fueled homophobia and hypocrisy. Some stories merely skim the surface of larger issues, but Doyle revisits them in later sections and digs deeper, using friends and familial references to personify their impact on her life, both past and present. Shorter pieces, some only a page in length, manage to effectively translate an emotional gut punch, as when Doyle’s therapist called her blooming extramarital lesbian love a “dangerous distraction.” Ultimately, the narrative is an in-depth look at a courageous woman eager to share the wealth of her experiences by embracing vulnerability and reclaiming her inner strength and resiliency.

Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-0125-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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