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January 2010

What’s New · Doug Fine Visit

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The Doug Fine program has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Doug Fine, author of Farewell My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living, the January Featured Book of the Month pick, is coming to the Main Library! His presentation (“Petroleum Free in One Year”) uses humor and practical examples to show how anyone can live sustainably without giving up Digital Age comforts like computers and Netflix. Doug's presentation will take place in the Main Library Atrium.

About Farewell My Subaru

“In this memoir of mishaps and lessons learned, Fine shares his yearlong trek to turn his newly bought New Mexico ranch into a green and sustainable environment with as little carbon fuel as possible. From using two very lovable goats for his organic food production to transitioning into a biofuel engine for his truck and even installing solar panels, Fine balances the troubling decisions Americans must consider while also revealing a host of unexpected benefits.” —Publishers Weekly

About Doug Fine

While traveling the world as an adventure reporter, Doug had an epiphany: he felt most alive while living and loving in wild ecosystems. So he followed this impulse—a stark contradiction to all the values of his suburban upbringing—to a beautifully obscure valley in Southern New Mexico to see if he could truly live a sustainable lifestyle. Farewell, My Subaru, chronicled Fine's quest to see if he, a "Digital Age Human", could live petroleum-free without giving up the comforts of modern life. The conclusion: he could…once he figured out how to keep the coyotes from eating his chickens, his solar panels from electrocuting him, and his vegetable oil truck exhaust from giving him a bad case of the munchies.