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    The Earth-Sheltered House: An Architect's Sketchbook
    (New cover, new printing 2009)

    Average reviewer's rating:
    Wells' works is revolutionary but readers will find his message to be pure common sense. Eart sheltering offers superior comfort with minimal energy input, and it is adaptable to diverse terrains as well as a variety of architectural asthetics.

    "A sketchbook of all my underground ideas. Widely reviewed."

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    1964-2009, 11" x 8.5",
    192 pages, Soft-cover
    ISBN: 978-1-6-0358-107-3

    $24.95
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    Drawings

    Compilation of hundreds of drawings that Wells created, with comments about many of them. Includes illustrations for magazines, renderings for clients, cartoons, diagrams, figure drawings and more.

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    2004
    Softcover
    ISBN: 978-0975351802
    $10
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    n/a
    How to Build an Undergroun House How to Build an Underground House
    (revised 2009 edition)

    "A step-by-step design and construction book showing a 1200 sq. ft. house on either a flat or sloping lot. Includes suggestions for expanding the building, staying out of trouble, things I've learned." Third Printing.

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    2009 , 8.5" x 11", 96 pages, Soft-cover
    ISBN: 0-9621878-3-6
    $18
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    The Kids Solar Energy Book (even grown-ups can understand)
    (New printing 2009)

    Average reviewer's rating:
    With appealing cartoons, off-beat humor, and a cast of lively and curious kids, Malcolm Wells and Tilly Spetgang make an often complex subject crystal clear and delightful.
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    2009, 10" x 7",
    88 pages, Hardcover
    ISBN: 978-0982306413
    $14.95
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    Recovering America:
    A More Gentle Way to Build


    Amazon.com reviewer's rating:
    "It's a full-color photo journal of my trip around the US, shooting, mostly from hired helicopters, America's most sprawling buildings and parking lots. Also included are my earth-covered versions of many of the buildings. A publishing grant allows me to offer this hard-cover book for only $7."

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    1999, 6.5" x 9", 144 pages, Hardcover
    ISBN: 9-9621878-8-7
    $7
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    $4.20/each for 10+ copies

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    A Tiny Underground House A Tiny Underground House
    (plans)

    "Only 320 square feet in area, the house offers all a person needs at a modest cost. (I once spent 2 happy years in a 225 sq. ft. house.) Energy-efficient, silent, dry, and easy on the land. Floor plan, elevation, perspectives, and a construction section."

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    17" x 11", 5 Sheets
    $10
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    $6/each for 10+ copies

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    Bipad Bipad
    (plans)

    "A solar earth shelter for two busy people. Live together but have separate spaces. Composting toilet. Greenhouse. Separate carports and entrances allow private arrivals. 7 sheets of construction drawings + cover."

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    1995, 17" x 11", 7 sheets
    $10
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    $6/each for 10+ copies

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    Underground Designs

    "My first book—1977—it's still going strong. Over 90,000 sold! 170 illustrations, mostly houses. The designs range from generous to tiny, and are intended as idea-guides for construction. No more reprinting after these, my last 1000 are sold."

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    1977, 8.5" x 11", 88 pages, Soft-cover
    $7
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      North-South House
    (plans)

    "A 1000 sq. ft. earth covered house that can be entered from the north or south. (Plans of both versions included). Featured in Popular Science."

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    17 " x 11", 26 sheets
    $95
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    $57/each for 10+ copies

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    InfraStructures by Malcolm Wells InfraStructures

    "This is my worst seller, and I had such high hopes for it too, after people like David Brower and Woody Harrelson endorsed it. It's full of earth-covered designs for everything from airports (yes, airports!) and bridges to public buildings and seaports. If you ask nicely I'll sell it for $10." This book is almost sold out. The new price is $45, per Mac's request prior to his passing away. - Ed.

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    11" x 8.5", 66 pages, Hardcover
    ISBN: 0-9621878-6-0
    $45
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    Perspective

    "184 step-by-step drawing show you how to draw convincing perspectives without complicated measurements or drafting techniques. For amateurs and students as well as architects and artists."

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    9" x 7", 96 pages, Soft-cover
    $13
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    Sand-tiquity
    (a.k.a. Sandtiquity)


    "This is a full-color republication of the book my daughter Kappy, and Connie Simo, and I did in 1980. Amazing beach monuments you can make in minutes with just a flat stick! No discounts on this one. I have to buy it from the publisher, Willow Creek Press."

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    11" x 8.5", 96 pages, Soft-cover
    ISBN: 1-57223-094-0
    $16.95
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    Underground Living by Malcolm Wells Underground Living

    This humorous book of full-page cartoons gives a lighthearted look into Underground Living.

    "I've put together a list of the 'ceptions and misconceptions that have attached themselves to this subject."

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    2001, 6" x 9", 48 pages, Softcover
    $6
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    The Successful Contractor

    "A book you don't want to leave on your coffee table if a builder friend is likely to visit you, not unless you want to have your tires slashed! It's a series of 50 big cartoons based on the worst experiences I've had in construction."

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    8" x 10", 100 pages, Soft-cover
    ISBN: 0-9621878-2-8
    $6
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    Other Books
    These books are either newly published or out-of-print.

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    Malcolm's Currently In-Print Books - Buy from Amazon.com
    Cover Description
    Underground Plans Book by Malcolm Wells Underground Plans Book
    (plans)

    "Simplified construction drawings and details for 8 underground houses. From them you can develop construction drawings for your projects. This 1980 book's [noteworthy] flaws are 1) no plans for the house shown on the cover, 2) wooden (rot!) greenhouse framing, and 3) no word on radon gas. And rusty staples."

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    22" x 11", folded, Soft-cover
    Underground Buildings, reprinted as:
    The Earth-Sheltered House: An Architect's Sketchbook


    Average reviewer's rating:
    "A sketchbook of all my underground ideas. Widely reviewed." Now published by Chelsea Green Publishing Company/Real Goods Solar Living.

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    1964-1998, 11" x 8.5", 192 pages, Soft-cover
    ISBN: 1-890932-19-5
    Designing Your Natural House:
    Over 200 Rules of Good
    Architecture You Can Apply to New or Remodeled Work

    written with Charles G. Woods

    Average reviewer's rating:
    Malcolm Wells' dry wit and characteristic hand-written style appear once again in this collaboration with fellow natural architect, Charles Woods. Well and Woods share common goals of architecture that complements rather than covers the land, and offer myriad ideas and pointers to help you design a cohesive attractive structure, filled with visual balance and not-so-common good sense.

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    1996, 11" x 8.5", 243 pages, Soft-cover
    ISBN: 0471285285
    Passive Solar Energy:
    The Homeowner's Guide to Natural Heating and Cooling

    written with Bruce Anderson

    Detailed how-to showing how to design a home for passive solar energy. Lots of diagrams and photos. Also available in a second edition, updated for the 1990s.
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    1981-1992, 197 pages, Soft-cover
    ISBN: 0931790093
    Notes from the Energy Underground Notes from the Energy Underground
    (Editor and contributor)

    Read essays from this book.

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    1980, 7.75" x 9.75", Hard-cover
    ISBN: 0442256973
    Gentle Architecture

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    1991, Soft-cover
    ISBN: 0070692440
      The Children's Solar Energy Book Even Grown-Ups Can Understand
    written with Tilly Spetgang

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    1982
    ISBN: 0806975849
      How to Buy Solar Heating ... Without Getting Burnt!
    written with Irwin Spetgang

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    1978
    ISBN: 087857199X
    Baseball Talk Baseball Talk:
    What do they really mean by that anyway?


    "256 full-page cartoons illustrating such broadcast talk as 'he was caught stealing', and 'he's having trouble finding the plate'. Newly republished by Willow Creek Press."

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    1997, 9" x 6", 256 pages, Soft-cover
    ISBN: 1-57223-082-7
    Build a Better Birdhouse (or Feeder):
    New Designs in Avian Architecture


    Average reviewer's rating:
    "I sold 7000 of these at the full cover price, $9.95, before Willow Creek bought the rights. Construction plans for 25 bird houses and feeders."
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    1996, 11" x 8.5", 96 pages, Soft-cover
    ISBN: 1-572230-49-5
    Various Children's Books
    (Illustrator)

    Animal U by Robertson Davies
    Big Clean-up: The Adventures of Sophie the Squid and
    Eddy the Eel
    by Andrew McKaige
    Bravara Eagle Thunderbolt by Tom Langeloh
    Call of Africa by Thelma Chait
    Joey Moses by Susan Duncan

    Zangbu's Story by Zangbu Sherpa, Diane Scott,



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