These are books that I believe all Americans should read and think about. The list includes many of the books I read while I was writing An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days and books I have read since that time.
The Climate We've Created:
Living with Less of What We've Taken for Granted:
- Darley, Julian. High Noon for Natural Gas: The New Energy Crisis. Chelsea Green, 2004.
- Greer, John Michael. The Long Descent. New Society Publishers, 2008.
- Ehrlich, Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich. One With Ninevah: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future. Island Press, 2004.
- Heinberg, Richard. Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines. New Society Publishers, 2007.
- Klare, Michael T. Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt, 2008
- Kunstler, James Howard. The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005.
- Makansi, Jason. Lights Out: The Electricity Crisis, the Global Economy, and What it Means to You. Wiley, 2007.
- Pearce, Fred. When the Rivers Run Dry: Water: The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century. Beacon Press, 2007.
- Reisner, Mark. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water. Penguin, 1993.
- Bacevich, Andrew. The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. Henry Holt, 2008.
- Catton, William R. Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change. University of Illinois Press, 1982.
- Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Viking, 2005.
- Johnson, Chalmers. Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic. Henry Holt, 2006.
- McKibbon, Bill. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. Times Books, 2007.
- Orlov, Dmitry. Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects. New Society Publishers, 2008.
- Speth, James Gustave. The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability. Yale University Press, 2009.
- Schumacher, E.F. Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. Frederick Muller Ltd., 1973.
How We Eat, What We Eat, Why:
- Cummings, Claire Hope. Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds. Beacon Press, 2008.
- Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. HarperCollins, 2007.
- Nestle, Marion. Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. University of California Press, 2002.
- Pfeiffer, Dale Allen. Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture.
- Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Penguin Press, 2006.
- Roberts, Paul. The End of Food. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008.
- Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
- Singer, Peter and Jim Mason. The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter. Rodale Press, 2006.
- Shiva, Vandana. Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply. South End Press, 2000.
Living Sustainably: Principles and Practices:
- Ashworth, Suzanne. Seed to Seed: Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners. Seed Saver.s Exchange, 2002.
- Astyk, Sharon. Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front. New Society Publishers, 2008.
- Berry, Wendell. The Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural. North Point Press, 1981.
- Jeavons, John. How To Grow More Vegetables and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine. Ten Speed Press, 2002
- Seymour, John. The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It. D.K. Publishing, 2009.