Welcome to the Book Club

 
Welcome to the Sustainable Futures Book Club Web page. We were a book club that met at the Redmond Library in Redmond, Washington, for about five years. The books we read are listed below.

This site also includes a spreadsheet with lists of interesting books and Web sites related to sustainability.

Download the spreadsheet with the list of books 

For information about the Redmond Library, see http://www.kcls.org/redmond/.
 
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Books we discussed:
2006:
Nov The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World  by Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson
Dec Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature  by Janine M. Benyus
 
2007:
Feb  Presence   by Peter M. Senge, Joseph Jaworski, C. Otto Scharmer, and Betty Sue Flowers
      and Cradle to Cradle  by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
Mar   The Impossible Will Take a Little While  by Paul Rogat Loeb
Apr   The Earth's Blanket by Nancy J. Turner
May   Ethical Markets by Hazel Henderson
June  The Great Work: Our Way into the Future by Thomas Berry
            or   The Dream of the Earth by Thomas Berry
July   Jump Time by Jean Houston
Aug   Always Coming Home by Ursula LeGuin
Sept  Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken
Oct    Black Elk Speaks
Nov   The Sacred Balance by David Suzuki
Dec    Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
 
2008:
Jan   Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning by George Monbiot
Feb   Any book about permaculture, esp. if by Bill Mollison or David Holmgren
Mar  Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure and Joie de Vivre by Cecile Andrews
April  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver and others
May  Any book about positive futures written by a politician (for example, Apollo's Fire by Jay Inslee)
June  The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
July   Deep Economy  or  Enough by Bill McKibben (or any book by Bill McKibben)
Aug   Any book by Brian Swimme (including A Walk Through Time, which was co-authored by Swimme)
Sept   Any of three books about water: Mirage by Cynthia Barnett, My Story as Told by Water by David James Duncan, or When the Rivers Run Dry by Fred Pearce
Oct   Any book by Thom Hartmann, especially What Would Jefferson Do?   or   Screwed   or   The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
Nov   Either How to Re-Imagine the World by Anthony Weston  or   Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future by Margaret J. Wheatley
Dec   Any book by Frances Moore Lappe (authored or co-authored)
 
2009:
Jan   Simple Prosperity, or any book authored or co-authored by David Wann
Feb   The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe
Mar   The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins
Apr   Any book in the trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson: Forty Signs of Rain; Fifty Degrees Below; or Sixty Days and Counting
May  Any book by Riane Eisler, or David Korten's new book, Agenda for a New Economy
June Ecological Literacy, edited by M. K. Stone & Z. Barlow   or  Original Instructions, edited by M. K. Nelson
July  Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon   or   Slow Food Nation by Carlo Petrini and Alice Waters   or  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and others
Aug   Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman  or  Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester R. Brown
Sept  Six Degrees by Mark Lynas  or The Vanishing Face of Gaia by James Lovelock
Oct   The Gecko's Foot by Peter Forbes   or   Pulse by Robert Frenay
Nov   The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan  --OR--  Nature's Second Chance by Steven Apfelbaum
Dec   No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet...  by Colin Beavan 
 
2010:
Jan  Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery
Feb  Can Poetry Save the Earth? by John Felstiner
Mar  The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones
Apr   Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy by Lyle Estill  --OR--  Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller by Jeff Rubin
May  Whole Earth Discipline by Stewart Brand
June The Web of Life by Fritjof Capra  --OR--  Worldshift 2012 by Ervin Laszlo (or any book by either author)
July  Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach
Aug  The Value of Nothing by Raj Patel
Sept  Less is More by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska
Oct  Crossing the Energy Divide by Ayres & Ayres  -OR-  $20 Per Gallon by Christopher Steiner
Nov  Confessions of an Eco-Sinner by Fred Pearce  -OR-  The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard
Dec  Any book by Thom Hartmann, for example, Threshold: The Crisis of Western Culture
 
2011:
Jan  Hack the Planet by Eli Kintisch
Feb  The Vertical Farm  by Dickson Despommier  --OR-- Diet for a Hot Planet  by Anna Lappe and Bill McKibben
Mar  Any book or CD by Michael Meade --or-- Story Earth: Native Voices on the Environment
Apr   State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures  --OR-- State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet  --OR-- The Cascadia Scorecard at http://scorecard.sightline.org/
May  Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth by Juliet B. Schor
June  Any book about any aspect of sustainable futures -- share your thoughts about the book with others
July   All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki
Aug   Solar by Ian McEwan
Sept  The Nature Principle by Richard Louv   or   Heatstroke by Anthony Barnosky
Oct    How to Run the World by Parag Khanna
Nov   Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D. and Steve Bhaerman
Dec   All That We Share by Jay Walljasper and others

2012:
Jan  Millennials Rising -OR- The Fourth Turning by Neil Howe and William Strauss
Feb  Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration by R. Keith Sawyer
March  Agenda for a New Economy  --OR--  The Great Turning by David Korten
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