Reading list for a better world.

One Boy’s Highly Illogical Behavior: A Twist on Mental Illness in Literature
by S.E. Smith
In his new book, John Corey Whaley tackles the subject of mental illness and challenges stigmas that keep many teen boys from seeking help with depression and anxiety.
The Untold History of Female Friendship
by Rachel Vorona Cote
To get an honest picture of female friendship, we must look beyond the familiar whitewashed stories in Western history and literature.
Our Favorite Books on How to Live a Happy and Meaningful Life
by Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith
Thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Here are 13 of this year’s most thought-provoking and useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
Portland Blocked Fossil Fuels, What Now?
by Arun Gupta
Turning the city's resolution into policies that protect health and safety is one fight that lies ahead. Another is forging a wall of resistance from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C.
Sad Puppies, Rabid Chauvinists: Will Raging White Guys Succeed in Hijacking Sci-Fi’s Biggest Awards?
by Miles Schneiderman
More and more women have been nominated for Hugo Awards in recent years—until this year. Here’s what’s at stake.
The Rad History Book Every Girl (and Boy) Should Have on Their Bookshelf
by Lindsey Weedston
A new feminist children's book honors 26 awesome women who changed the world.
New David Foster Wallace Movie Shows a Regular Guy Who Happens to Be a Genius—That’s Why It Works
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Jason Segel steers away from his usual funny guy persona in "The End of the Tour," and plays the late "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace.
Swapping Screen Time for Getting Dirty: Why Kids Need to Spend More Time Outside
by Shannon Hayes
In his book “How to Raise a Wild Child,” Dr. Scott D. Sampson argues that the current disconnect between kids and the natural world is a threat to their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Staying Human in a Time of Climate Change: New Author on Science, Grief, and Hope
by Christopher Zumski Finke
For geographer and author M Jackson, knowing climate science isn’t enough. We need to get our hearts involved too.
Ursula K. Le Guin Calls on Fantasy and Sci Fi Writers to Envision Alternatives to Capitalism
by Araz Hachadourian
This award-winning author explains how fantasy and science fiction writers can stand up to the corporate system.
A Brief History of Happiness: How America Lost Track of the Good Life—and Where to Find It Now
by Sarah van Gelder
For decades, we've been taught that economic growth and buying more stuff will make us happy—while trashing the planet. The good news is, there’s a better kind of happy: It starts with meaningful work, loving relationships, and a thriving natural world.
Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present
by Wendell Berry
In this selection from his new book, the poet and farmer Wendell Berry connects the dangers of the future to a failure to live fully in the here and now.
A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control
by Andy Lee Roth
What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?
Book Review: After Landing Herself in ICU, This Woman Changed Her Lifestyle, and Built a Tiny House
by Abby Quillen
In building her tiny house, the author built a simpler and happier life.
The Radical Homemaker’s Reading List: 8 Books for Happier Families, Healthier Guts, and Saner Lives
by Shannon Hayes
A short list of books that have kept discovery alive and well in 2014 at Sap Bush Hollow farm.