These titles are all right next to my bed:
The Poetry of Robert Frost , Edward Connery Latham, ed. I’ve had this since I was 12 or so (thanks, Mom!) and I’m still unearthing new treasures.
The Known World , by Edward P. Jones. Fifty pages in, I’m spellbound. No spoilers here.
Martin Buber: The Life of Dialogue , by Maurice S. Freidman. I have a minor obsession with German religious philosophers.
Nature’s Services: Societal Dependence On Natural Ecosystems, Gretchen Daily, ed. A thorough treatment of an important topic; namely, that “the land” and all it does for us has a definite value which we usually don’t calculate. I’ll be referring to this one often.
Simple in Means, Rich in Ends: Practicing Deep Ecology, by Bill Devall.Going a step further in stating that species and places have inherent rights, and connecting to a place means wanting to defend it.
Wild to the Last: Environmental Conflict in the Clearwater Country, by Charles Pezeshki. He has taken that deep connection to its logical end, fighting for wilderness in his (and my) backyard.
So, all of those are books I’ve at least started. The following are books I’ve yet to get into:
Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, by Shannon Hayes. I’m not sure about this one yet; the folks profiled all seem to have a leg or two up on the likes of us. We’ll see. UPDATE: too rich for our blood are these “radicals”, all with levels of capital we do not approach.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan. My dear wife read me excerpts of this over the summer, and that helped get the ball rolling for this project. I plan to work my way through it over the year. UPDATE: too pedantic for me. I never got through the section on corn.
The End of Food, by Paul Roberts. I anticipate a “big-picture” perspective from this one; the author has also written about peak oil.
Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion, Ronald L.Numbers, ed. There’s a little group at my church who gathers between the early and late services to read a good book and kick the thing around, and I’ve been invited to join them on this one.
It’s been a while since I first posted this list, and naturally I have a few additions:
The Logic of Sufficiency by Thomas Princen. This one is a paradigm-shifter, as Princen argues that efficiency, as an organizing principle for a society, is highly overrated.
Deep Economy by Bill McKibben. McKibben takes Princen’s concept outdoors for a walk through town, and finds it good. More is not better; it’s just…more.
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. Another eye-opener; my mistrust of Milton Friedman is confirmed to be well-founded.
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey. I’m having to force myself not to sit down and devour this one all at once. It’s too good to rush.