Books

Reading list for a better world.

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.
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 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.
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.
This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road”
by Christopher Zumski Finke
A future where India is the major world superpower, gender is flexible, and energy comes from waves? This writer’s version of the near future feels much more real than apocalyptic nightmares we’ve come to dread.
How Mischief-Makers Built Australia Through Pranks and Protests
by Madeline Ostrander
In his new book "How to Make Trouble and Influence People," Iain McIntyre offers readers an alternative version of Australian history.
Gar Alperovitz on Why the New Economy Movement Needs to Think Big
by Scott Gast
His new book, "What Then Must We Do?" imagines how a new economic system might actually emerge, from the bottom up, in the next few decades.
Wild Eats, Resilient Farms, and Freedom From Money: 3 Holiday Reads for the Radical Homemaker
by Shannon Hayes
Books should light up our lives—especially during the dark days of winter. Here are a few to pass along.
Book Review: “A is for Activist” by Innosanto Nagara
by Corey Hill
From Activist to Zapatista, this “children’s book for the 99 percent” infuses the alphabet with the energy and consciousness of Occupy Wall Street.
A Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam Walk Into a Book ...
by Jenn Carreto
In "Religion Gone Astray," three leaders—and friends—from different religions take on violence, exclusivity, gender inequality, and homophobia in some of their scriptures' most controversial verses. What they discovered surprised them.
The Achilles' Heel of the American Dream
by Sean Burns
Book Review: “Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power” profiles the radical, working-class movements of the '60s and '70s—a guide for transformation today.
Book Review: GreenDeen
by Jamal Rahman
How Islamic faith and environmentalism can be combined in everyday life.
Book Review: Food Justice
by Laura Kaliebe
What's wrong with our food system—and how can we fix it?