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Top 10 environmental books of 2009

By: Jessica Knoblauch on Jan. 7, 2010, 8 a.m.
Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells — Our Ride to the Renewable Future by Amanda Little

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"Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells — Our Ride to the Renewable Future" by Amanda Little

Amanda Little’s ambitious and engaging first book grabs readers from page one with lively profiles of just about everyone touched by oil — from NASCAR fans and their gas-guzzling cars to the plastic surgeon who uses synthetic (i.e. oil-derived) body parts to remake clients into their dreams come true. Along the way, Little delves into the short-sighted policies that got us into this oil crisis in the first place and tracks down the people who are trying to get us out of it.