If there ever was a time to cozy up with a great green read, now is it. Whether you’re hiding out in the den avoiding out-of-town guests or killing time on a long train ride to Grandma’s house, these nine books on environmentally sound building, design, and housekeeping make for excellent, informed diversions.  With the economy having seen better days, home buying, building, remodeling, and decorating may not be on the top of our minds at the moment, but there's no reason why you can't treat yourself to some truly fabulous photos and words. And, of course, these books make for great gifts as well. Check 'em out. 


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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.