Title: ECORenaissance: A Lifestyle Guide for Cocreating a Stylish, Sexy, and Sustainable World
Author: Marci Zaroff
Page Count: 272
Publishing Date/Publisher: August 14, 2018 by Atria/Enliven Books
Review: I didn’t even get past the first few chapters of this book, but boy do I have a lot to say about it.
What really drew me to this book was the gorgeous cover. When I read the synopsis, I thought that I would be the perfect audience for this book. I was absolutely wrong. From the start, the book comes off as pretentious, and has a very “I did it before it was cool” vibe.
This author name drops like crazy, and she even has a small section that gives a shout out to Beyoncé…why? Because apparently Beyoncé encourages people to recycle, use public transit, and other “green” things that I am sure she does not do herself.
I was also thoroughly disappointed that there were not more pictures inside the book. Because the cover is so gorgeous, I assumed that the rest of the book would have equally artistic gems spread throughout. Instead, the pictures were few and far between. Most are portraits of the author in various sensual poses showing off her Ecoconscience attire.
The author makes it abundantly clear that she coined the term “ECOrenaissance” and uses the word as much as possible. I kept hearing Regina George on a loop in my head saying, “STOP trying to make ECOrenaissance happen. It’s NOT going to happen.” The word is just too mouthy and difficult to spell, and I doubt that it is going to catch on.
I will say that I admire what the author is trying to do, and fundamentally I agree with most of the contents of this book, however, I thought it was too much of a vanity piece, at least at the start, and I quickly became bored reading it. Perhaps the content gets better later in the book, but I just could not bring myself to finish it.