Customer and Constituent Recommended Books on the Environment

To begin Bookshop Santa Cruz and Ecology Action's Words to Act On partnership, we invited our customers and constituents to recommend to us the best books they've read on the environment and climate change. From these recommendations, Bookshop and Ecology Action created a short curated list of specific books to educate and inspire during the months of our partnership. You can view the curated list here and online - or expand your reading list yet further, with the full list of recommendations that we received below (in no particular order). Happy reading! 


Customer and Constituent Recommended Reading on the Environment and Climate Change

Coming of Age at the End of Nature by Julie Dunlap

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Great Tide Rising by Kathleen Dean Moore

Fighting Light Pollution by the International Dark Sky Association

The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken

Encounters with the Archdruidby John McPhee

When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Dead Pool by James Lawrence Powell

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Greenwise Kids by Jean Clausen

Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

Endgame by Derrick Jensen

The Ohlone Way by Malcolm Margolin

If You Love This Planet by Helen Caldicott

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Collapse by John Diamond

Six Degrees by Mark Lynas

Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer

An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

Redwoods by Jason Chin

And Here's to You! by David Elliott

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner

The Wave by Susan Casey

Lost Mountain by Erik Reece

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate by Lynne Cherry

The Organic Manifesto by Maria Rodale

Encyclical on Climate Change & Inequality by Pope Francis

Deep Economy by Bill McKibben

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Forty Signs of Rain by Kim Stanley Robinson

Laying Waste by Michael H. Brown

Roughing It by Mark Twain

Arrogance of Humanism by David Ehrenfeld

What Are People For? by Wendell Berry

The Great Deep by James Hamilton Paterson

Song for the Blue Ocean by Carl Safina

Eye of the Albatross by Carl Safina

Wilderness Essays by John Muir

Unquenchable by Robert Glennon

An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Look Up! by Annette Leblanc Cate

Eyes Wide Open by Paul Fleischman

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

Discovering Nature's Alphabet by Krystina Castella & Brian Boyl

Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson by Amy Ehrlich

Meadowlands by Thomas F. Yezerski

Heroes of the Environment by Harriet Rohmer

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss


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