Title: Book Review: The Straw Bale House Word Count: 411 Summary: If a cookie-cutter world of bland, expensive, poorly-insulated, mass-p roduced tract homes doesn't quite a ppeal to you, the book: The Straw B ale House might just serve as the i nspiration necessary to escape the mundane. Keywords: Books, Book Review, Straw Bale, Arc hitecture, Straw, Construction, Hom es, Home Construction, Building Mat erial Article Body: If we learned anything from childho od, it was not to build our houses out of straw. After all, that big bad wolf was just waiting to blow i t down. But that was before the wo rld knew the numerous advantages of using compressed straw bales, as a key building material as outlined in the book <i>The Straw Bale House </i>. This easy to understand book is comprehensive in its education on how to build with straw- so tha t no wolf (or tornado for that matt er) can ever blow it down. The boo k covers why and how to build with straw bales, while also illustratin g necessary details to create an ae sthetically and sound home at an af fordable price. To portray this poi nt, <i>The Straw Bale House</i> pro vides a good number of enlightening black and white diagrams as well a s impressive color photographs. I would have to say <i>The Straw Bale House</i> is the Bible of straw ba le construction books and therefore an indispensable starting point fo r anyone looking into the straw bal e home concept. After purchasing t he book (well worth the price) I ha d no reservations about going ahead with my own project and building w ith straw bales. Both new and expe rienced builders will appreciate th e clear, simple instructions and di agrams, as well as practical explan ations for dealing with building co des and insurers. <i>The Straw Bale House</i> also nu rtures you on the many practical ad vantages of building with compresse d straw bales. In addition to being inexpensive, straw bale serve as a clean, and lightweight building ma terial that is easy to work with. The book discusses the many importa nt advantages straw offers such as super high-energy efficiency (a nee d in today_s high heating costs), s uperior fire resistance, while at t he same time seismically correct. In addition, this all-natural mater ial, as a recycled agricultural byp roduct of grain production, is a su stainable, renewable resource. Wh ile enthusiasts of straw bale const ruction praise this method of build ing for the aforementioned reasons, the actual reason so many people a re turning to straw bale homes is b ecause they are so often extraordin arily beautiful and inviting, as <i >The Straw Bale House</i>'s many co lor photographs displays. Clearly, inexpensive doesn't have to mean lo w quality nor unattractive. The na tural materials used in creating a straw bale home exude a lot of chi. And so does this book. <i>The Stra w Bale House</i> would be a good ad dition to any coffee table.