Books I Love:

Recommended Books on the Activism, Human Reflections, & the Environment:

Recommended Books on Agriculture, Land, & Food Issues:

Recommended Books on Animals & Animal Rights:

Recommended Books on an Apocalyptic Future:

  • A Friend of the Earth by T.C. Boyle (2001)
    • Follow gritty protagonist Tyrone Tierwater on 2025 adventure in a world changed by global warming. 
  • He, She, and It by Marge Piercy (1993)
    • Post-apocalyptic science-fiction drama set in a future world controlled by technology and corporate power.
  • Into the Forest: A Novel by Jean Hegland (1998)
    • Sisters struggling to survive in the not-so-distant future; a world plagued by war, upheaval, and environmental calamity.
  • MaddAddam: A Novel by Margaret Atwood (2013)
    • Third book in Atwood’s post-apocalyptic trilogy, concluding Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood; environmental collapse, corporate domination, and rebellion.
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (2004)
    • Post-apocalyptic cautionary tale detailing life on a planet ravaged by climate change and genetic engineering experiments gone wrong. 
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (1993)
    • Eighteen-year-old Lauren Olamina, a young African-American woman afflicted with “hyperempathy syndrome,” embarks on a journey to escape the post-apocalyptic calamity in her gated community, founding a new religion along the way.  
  • Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler (1998)
    • Follow-up to Parable of the Sower, Lauren, now a leader, must now decide what is most important: her daughter and followers, or her religion which may change the future of humanity on the imperiled planet.
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (2009)
    • The second book of the post-apocalyptic Maddaddam trilogy, in which two women—Ren and Toby—must navigate life in a dangerous, changed world. 
  • Through the Arc of the Rainforest by Karen Tei Yamashita (1990)
    • Post-apocalyptic tale taking place in a mysterious field of plastic in the Brazilian rainforest amid environmental destruction, commercialization, poverty, and religious rapture.      
  • Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (1985)
    • Connie Ramos, declared to be clinically insane, actually just has the ability to tune into the future and communicate with the year 2137.
  • World Made by Hand: A Novel by James Howard Kunstler (2009)
    • Cautionary tale of an American future affected by climate change, high oil prices, and economic collapse.

Recommended Books on Climate Change & Global Warming:

Recommended Books on Ecofeminism:

Recommended Books on Environmental Justice and Racism:

  • All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life by Winona LaDuke (1999)
    • First-hand Native American account on resisting environmental and cultural destruction.
  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (reprinted 2006, originally 1977)
    • Native American and traumatized World War II veteran Tayo returns to his hometown on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation to regain inner peace.
  • Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality by Robert D. Bullard (2000)
    • Robert D. Bullard chronicles the efforts of five African American communities, empowered by the Civil Rights Movement to link environmentalism with issues of social justice.
  • Last Standing Woman (History and Heritage) by Winona LaDuke (1999)
    • A historical fiction novel detailing the lives of seven generations of Anishinaabe Native Americans.
  • Mean Spirit: A Novel by Linda Hogan (1991)
    • Oklahoma during 1920s oil boom story of two imperiled Osage Indian families: the Blankets and the Grayclouds.
  • People of the Whale: A Novel by Linda Hogan (2009)
    • Native American Thomas Witka Just fights in Vietnam War and later returns to his hometown, where his tribe is fighting over the decision to hunt whales.
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy: A Novel by Alice Walker (2008)
    • Tribal African woman Tashi submits to female genital mutilation out of loyalty to her tribe’s threatened customs, and suffers from physical pain and emotional trauma. 
  • Power: A Novel by Linda Hogan (1999)
    • Sixteen-year-old Omishto of the Taiga tribe must decide whether to be loyal to her Westernized mother or to her Aunt Ama and the people of her tribe.
  • Solar Storms by Linda Hogan (1997)
    • Coming-of-age story of 17-year-old Native American Angela and a depiction of the connections between people to their history and the land.
  • The God of Small Things: A Novel by Arundhati Roy (2008)
    • The story of the childhood of twin brother and sister Rahel and Estha, as things unravel in the house of a once-affluent Indian family.
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (reprinted 2004, originally 1931)
    • The story of a Chinese peasant farmer, Wang Lung, and the cyclical nature of life, human passions, good and evil, and the human will to survive and thrive against all odds.
  • The Hungry Tide: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh (2006)
    • An adventure story of Piya Roy, an American marine biologist of Indian descent as she travels to lush islands in the Bay of Bengal (India) in search of a rare species of river dolphin, where she is forced to navigate a difficult social and political climate.
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang (P.S.) by Edward Abbey (2006)
    • Comedy, chaos, and a call to protect the American wilderness.
  • The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday (1976)
    • Native American journey of the Kiowa people of Oklahoma told in three voices: the ancestral Kiowa voice of Momaday’s father, historical commentary, and Momoday’s own voice. 
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (reprinted 1994, originally 1958)
    • A once proud Nigerian Ibo man, Okonkwo, is driven from his village into exile as the arrival of missionaries quickly works to destroy the Ibo culture.  
  • Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City by Robin Nagle (2013)
    • An anthropologist’s investigation of the men and women of New York City’s Department of Sanitation.

Recommended Books on Fracking & Natural Gas:

Recommended Books on Natural Disasters:

Recommended Books on Nuclear Issues:

Recommended Books on Oil:

  • Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben (2013)
    • Environmental author and activist Bill McKibben’s personal and global story of the mission to mitigate anthropogenic global warming.
  • Oil on Water: A Novel by Helon Habila (2011)
    • Journalist Rufus and reporter Zaq embark on a twisting adventure to find the wife of a wealthy British oil executive who has been kidnapped in the oil-rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta. 
  • Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future by Richard Heinberg (2013)
    • A declassification of oil and gas industry propaganda and a probe into the truths about hydraulic fracturing.
  • Sweet Crude: Taming the Sands of Libya by V.C. Thomas (2012)
    • A story of the oil trade, Islam, and unrest in the Middle East, as TexOil President Roland Moran attempts to exploit the rich oil fields of Libya.
  • The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk (1994)
    • Post-apocalyptic cautionary tale set in California, which is now a place of corporate control, rebellion, environmental collapse, and danger.

Recommended Books on the Ocean: Pollution & Exploitation:

Recommended Books on Toxics & Pollution:

  • A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr (1996)
    • The story of the families of eight leukemia victims affected by industrial pollution in Woburn, Massachusetts, suing two large corporations in a challenging legal landscape. 
  • Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver (2003)
    • Codi Noline returns to her Arizona hometown to care for her ailing father where confronts the topics of love, forgiveness, history, and the environment.
  • Animal’s People: A Novel by Indra Sinha (2009)
    • Loose fictional narrative detailing post-1884 Union Carbide explosion in Bhopal, India; narrator Animal used to be human before the industrial accident twisted his bones and left him walking on all fours.
  • A Place on Earth: A Novel by Wendell Berry (reprinted 2001, originally 1983)
    • Follows the changes and transitions in the daily lives of townspeople in the post-World War II rural community of Port William, Kentucky.
  • Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir by Susanne Antonetta (2002)
    • Susan Antonetta tells the story of her family’s history, her childhood, and her life as a woman living in a polluted America.
  • Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry by Elizabeth Grossman
    • Acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Grossman reveals the hidden toxic dangers behind everyday products, and the new scientific revolution that seeks to provide consumers with “benign by design” toxin-free products.
  • Dying from Dioxin: A Citizen’s Guide to Reclaiming our Health and Rebuilding Democracy by Lois Marie Gibbs (1999)
    • Lois Gibbs on the implications of Love Canal, her experience as an environmental and public health activist, and how citizens must make their voices heard in order to protect their health.
  • Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood by Sandra Steingraber (2003)
    • The month-by-month story of an ecologist’s pregnancy and examination the role of the mother’s body as the first environment of an unborn child, which is threatened by environmental hazards.
  • Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber (2010)
    • An easy-to-understand scientific guide to environmental toxins intertwined with beautifully-written anecdotes from Sandra Steingraber’s own experiences as a biologist, mother, writer, and cancer survivor.
  • Love Canal: and the Birth of the Environmental Health Movement by Lois Marie Gibbs (2010)
    • The story of Love Canal and the activist movement that it spurred.
  • So Far from God: A Novel by Ana Castillo (2005)
    • The life of a contemporary family in a small New Mexican town encounters social, economic, and political issues; health problems and healing; industrial pollution; death; and the meaning of life. 
  • Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (2013)
    • An investigation into the truth and sixty-year legacy of industrial pollution into Toms River in southern New Jersey.
  • Tropic of Orange by Karen Tei Yamashita (1997)
    • Asian-American television news executive, Emi, and Latino newspaper reporter, Gabriel, are so focused on following stories that they almost don’t see that the world is deteriorating around them.
  • Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell (2013)
    • Andres Blackwell visits the most ecologically-ravaged places on earth—from Canada’s oil sands strip mines to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Recommended Books on Waste Management & Recycling:

Recommended Books on Water Issues:

Recommended Poetry Books:

  • A Breeze Swept Through: Poetry by Luci Tapahonso (1987)
    • An expression of Navajo life in prose.
  • America the Beautiful: Last Poems by Paula Gunn Allen (2010)
    • A lyrical narrative written on what makes America “beautiful”—written in a time of political and personal devastation—by Native American poet Paula Gunn Allen
  • American Primitive by Mary Oliver (1983)
    • Fifty poems on the renewals of nature, love, and life.
  • A Radiant Curve: Poems and Stories (Sun Tracks) by Luci Tapahonso (2008)
    • Musings on the sacredness of everyday life.
  • A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver (2013)
    • Poetry on realizations made during some of life’s smallest moments.
  • Blue Horses Rush In: Poems and Stories (Sun Tracks) by Luci Tapahonso (1997)
    • A collection of poetry that follows the cycles of a woman’s life and highlights what it means to be Navajo during the late 20th century.
  • Dog Songs by Mary Oliver (2013)
    • Mary Oliver’s collection of poems on the dogs in her life.
  • Dream Work by Mary Oliver (1986)
    • Forty-five poems on accepting truth in one’s life, in both the triumphs and the failures.
  • Life is a Fatal Disease: Selected Poems, 1962-1995 by Paula Gunn Allen (1997)
    • Eighty-seven poems by Native American writer and poet Paula Gunn Allen, on “myth and history, pain and laughter,” “nightmare and remembrance.”
  • New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry (2013)
    • A collection of both the classic and more contemporary works of Wendell Berry; his musings on life, nature, love, and more.
  • Rounding the Human Corners by Linda Hogan (2008)
    • Poetry that seeks to reveal the connections between all living things.
  • Saanii Dahataat: The Women Are Singing: Poems and Stories (Sun Tracks, Vol 23) by Luci Tapahonso (1993)
    • Navajo poet Luci Tapahonso writes on celebrations of birth, partings, and reunions in a blend of memoir and fiction in the storytelling style of many Native American traditions.
  • The Book of Medicines by Linda Hogan (1993)
    • A collection of poems that reflect Linda Hogan’s Chickasaw heritage, feminist sensibilities, and concern for the Earth.
  • Thirst: Poems by Mary Oliver (2007)
    • Forty-three poems on life, death, faith, and the Earth.
  • Walk Gently Upon the Earth by Linda Hogan (2010)    
    • A collection of poems, stories, and meditations on Hogan’s personal—and every individual’s own—connection to the Earth.
  • Why I Wake Early: New Poems by Mary Oliver (2005)
    • Forty-seven poems on the wonders of the natural world and the many reasons why one should wake early to fully experience life.