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10 Environmental Books You Should Read Over Holiday Vacation


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JL
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From clean energy to fashion, tomatoes to water conservation, these 10 books will change your life.



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JL A. (274)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 9:08 am

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10 Environmental Books You Should Read Over Holiday Vacation
From clean energy to fashion, tomatoes to water conservation, these 10 books will change your life.
By Amy DuFault
December 21, 2012
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10 Game-Changing Environmental Books
Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
A Sand County Almanac – Aldo Leopold
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water – Marc Reisner
An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It – Al Gore
The Turquoise Ledge – Leslie Marmon Silko
Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment – David Kirby
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion – Elizabeth Cline
Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution, And How it Can Renew America – Thomas Friedman
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit – Barry Estabrook
Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

10 Game-Changing Environmental Books
10 Game-Changing Environmental Books

End-of-year vacations are just as much about relaxing as they are about reflecting over a year (hopefully) well lived. For those of you intrinsically tied to your computers reading bookmarked sites as part of your daily routine, we advise taking a step outside the neatly packaged information box you’ve become accustomed to, and into something more substantial.

By picking up one of these groundbreaking environmental tomes, you’ll most likely be inspired to start the new year off right, or at the very least, be fired up for change under the comforts of a warm blanket.
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Amy DuFault is a writer and editor whose work has been published in EcoSalon, Huffington Post, Ecouterre, Organic Spa, Coastal Living, Yahoo!, The Frisky and other online and print publications. In addition to being a former co-owner of an eco-boutique, she coaches and connects the sustainable fashion community to feed her soul. She also dreams of singing in an all girl punk band even though she has stage fright. @amytropolis | TakePart.com
 

John B. (215)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 7:47 pm
Thanks J.L. for the wonderful post. Won't be able to purchase any but will be checking my local library. Read and noted.
 

JL A. (274)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 7:54 pm
You are welcome John. I know some of them should be in even most branch libraries. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

Roger M. (0)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 3:21 am
May I recommend "The Stream" by Brian Clarke?

There's so very, very many factual books about the environment these days. I'm sure all the above are good. But why so few novels? ""The Stream" is a lovely read and a real contender for the Great Environmental Novel. Though I'd be glad to learn of a few more contenders Anyone know some?
 

Danuta Watola (1174)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 3:33 am
noted
 

Tanya W. (36)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 3:35 am
Thanks.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (377)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 3:41 am
Thanks J.L. I have at least one in my library, and the pile of books I want to read just gets higher and higher, so many things I am interested in, so many things that I don't know, it's a never ending story.
 

Christeen Anderson (465)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 4:18 am
I'm an avid reader. I'll check these out. Thank you.
 

Patricia H. (468)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 5:01 am
noted
 

Jaime A. (32)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 5:46 am
noted
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 6:54 am
You are welcome Tanya, Giana and Christeen. Thanks for the book tip Roger! Reading is a great way to continue learning, which seems to be the best option for keeping the brain healthy as we age!You cannot currently send a star to Giana because you have done so within the last week.You cannot currently send a star to Christeen because you have done so within the last week.
 

aj E. (163)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 9:14 am
thanks.
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 9:20 am
you are welcome aj
 

Kay M. (354)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 4:22 pm
thanks, sharing.
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 6:17 pm
You're welcome Kamryn
 

Nancy Anderson (20)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 8:36 pm
Thanks and noted
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 9:30 pm
You are welcome Nancy
 

Teri P. (106)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 5:48 am
Thank you. I have read a few of these; it's great to get more recommendations.

One of my life-changers was Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe. IMO, it's just as important a book today as it was 40 years ago. More than a cookbook, and definitely not a "diet book" (don't let the cover fool you), Lappe shows us that world hunger is not caused by a lack of food, but by poor usage of the food we have.
 

Hayley C. (7)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 8:44 am
My read these, thanks
 

Hayley C. (7)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 8:45 am
**might
 

JL A. (274)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 9:12 am
Great addition to the list Teri.
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 6:37 pm
Thanks for posting, I will try!
 

JL A. (274)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 8:38 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Melania because you have done so within the last week.
 
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