About How to Be Alive
• Hardcover: 448 pages
• Publisher: Dey Street Books (January 5, 2016)
The author of No Impact Man and founder of the No Impact Project returns with this trailblazing guide to living a meaningful and fulfilling life while also contributing to the wellbeing of our communities and the planet.
When Colin Beavan embarked upon a yearlong experiment to lead a zero net-impact existence in the middle of New York City, he had no idea what a profound effect it would have upon himself and others around him. For Colin, the project—chronicled in a book, a documentary, and an ongoing lecture series—formed the basis of a radical “lifestyle redesign” that reached beyond just environmental activism. And, in the course of his travels and lectures, he encountered scores of people who were similarly breaking from traditional ideas about work, home, and even family in order to take their futures, and the planet’s, in their own hands. In the process they made a startling discovery—a happier way of life that is also having a deeply positive impact on the world.
For most of us, though, even contemplating this kind of transformation is overwhelming and confusing. InHow to Be Alive, Beavan shares his insights on finding the path that’s right for you. Drawing on everything from classic literature and philosophy to current science, and combining that with his own experiences alongside those of the many people he has met along the way, Colin explores a broad array of transformational lifestyle adjustments—small and large—that offer security and meaning in a world confronted by ecological crises, economic upheaval, and ongoing war and social injustice. In the process, he helps readers embark on the quest for a “good life” of their own—lives both better for them and the planet.
About Colin Beavan
Colin Beavan is a writer and activist best known as the author of 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 and founder of THE NO IMPACT PROJECT. He is the author of two previous books that have absolutely nothing to do with the environment: Fingerprints: The Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science and Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He lives in New York City.
Colin’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, January 26th: I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, January 28th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Friday, January 29th: Book Hooked Blog
Tuesday, February 2nd: Midwife For Your Life
Thursday, February 4th: One Frugal Girl
Monday, February 8th: Happy Simple Living
Tuesday, February 9th: Lavish Bookshelf
Wednesday, February 10th: Emerald City Book Review
Thursday, February 11th: Jancee Reads
Monday, February 15th: midlifemommusings
Friday, February 19th: Everyone Needs Therapy