Books

Reading list for a better world.

In Review :: The Urban Homestead and Northwest Green Home Primer
by Pamela O'Malley Chang
A good-natured guide for urbanites who want to live off the land without leaving the city limits.
Seeing Red, Feeling Blue in Purple America
by David Sirota
Americans are under increasing economic pressure, and many feel powerless to do anything about it. David Sirota travels coast to coast and finds the people who know the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction--and are joining a populist uprising to turn it around
In Review :: Shopping Our Way to Safety
by Steve Heilig
Andrew Szasz raises uncomfortable issues in his latest book on how we changed from protecting the environment to protecting ourselves.
In Review :: Toxic Exposures
by Steve Heilig
Steve Heilig reviews Phil Brown's book on contested illnesses and the environmental movement.
Oregon’s Progressive Ideas Get on the Bus
Jim Hightower celebrates the Oregon Bus Project, an example of grassroots activism on the road, in this extract from his Swim Against the Current: Even Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow.
In Review :: From Raising Hell to Raising Barns
by Jonathan Rowe
Jonathan Rowe reviews Jim Hightower's new book. Also find an excerpt of the book and listen to Jim Hightower read a chapter.
Aidan Delgado, Conscientious Objector
The Sutras of Abu Ghraib is the story of Aidan Delgado’s journey towards conscientious objector status. This excerpt is a meditation on how easy it is to distance ourselves from the devastation of war-making.
In Review :: Personal Safety Nets
by Lisa Farino
Book review: Personal Safety Nets: Getting Ready for Life's Inevitable Changes & Challenges by John W. Gibson and Judy Pigott.
In Review :: Conversations over the Line
Reviews of bell hooks and Amalia Mesa-Bains' Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism, Jill Bamburg's Getting to Scale, Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community by Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart and Mark Wedge, and the film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, directed by Faith Morgan.
Notes from Underground
Reviews of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Save the World, Global Class War, Healthy Money, Healthy Planet, Home Enlightenment and Independent America.
Book Review: Every Day is a Good Day by Wilma Mankiller
by Lilja Otto
Provides insights into the lives and ideas of indigenous women and invites readers to re-examine their own cultural and spiritual backgrounds.
Book Review: No More Throw-away People by Edgar Cahn
by David Bollier
No More Throwaway People is a provocative analysis of the non-market economy and an inspiration for the social service community.
Book Review: The Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan
by K C Golden
The science of global warming, and the dream of the "World Energy Modernization Plan" are two issues covered in the book
Hope
by Darrin Burgess
Darrin Burgess reviews "Hope Dies Last" and "The Impossible Will Take a Little While"
The Fragrance of Faith: the Enlightened Heart of Islam by Jamal Rahman
by Rabbi Ted Falcon
A book as important as Jamal Rahman's The Fragrance of Faith needs to be recommended with as much grace as possible for it contains precious reminders that the spiritual teachings of Islam are as filled with compassion as they can be.