Reading List

Recommended books, tomes and tracts that have adorned my bedside table.

Seems I only have time to read late, late at night—after my son goes to bed, the kitchen is cleaned up, the clothes washing machine has been loaded, etc., etc. Still, it’s the quiet time of day I have all to myself…

See the Quotes page for specific inspiration!


Allen, Will. The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities (2012). (Related blog post)

Cortese, Amy. Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It (2011). (Related blog post)

Deppe, Carol. The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times (2010).

Durning, Alan. How Much Is Enough?: The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth (The Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series) (1992).

Flores, Heather Coburn. Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community (2006).

Greider, William. The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy (2003). (Related blog post)

Gussow, Joan Dye. This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader (2002).

Gustafson, Katherine. Change Comes to Dinner: How Vertical Farmers, Urban Growers, and Other Innovations Are Revolutionizing How America Eats (2012). ~ Written by the sister of my new neighbor!

Hawken, Paul. Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming (2007).

Heinberg, Richard. The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality (2011).

Hemenway, Toby. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture (2009).

Hoelting, Kurt. The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life (2010).

Jones, Van. The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems (2008).

Jones, Van. Rebuild the Dream (2012).

Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2008).

Kolbert, Elizabeth. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change (2006).

Korten, David C. Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth (2010).

Kovel, Joel. The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World? (2002). (Related blog post)

Lamb, David. A Sense of Place: Listening to Americans (1993).

McDaniel, Carl M. Wisdom for a Livable Planet: The Visionary Work of Terri Swearingen, Dave Foreman, Wes Jackson, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Werner Fornos, Herman Daly, Stephen Schneider, and David Orr (2005).

Patel, Raj. The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy (2010).

Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered (1973).

Suzuki, David and David R. Boyd. David Suzuki’s Green Guide (2008).

van Gelder, Sarah. ed. This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement (2011).

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On the waiting list:

Robin, Vicki. Blessing the Hands that Feed Us (2013). ~ Whidbey Island author explores “relational eating” in a 10-mile radius from her home.