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This is my official book inventory! Everything I want to read, am currently reading, or have read (okay, well at least as far back as I can remember…which is definitely no further than 6th grade at this point…so no Dr. Seuss). Please leave your comments or questions about any book or recommend a new one that you enjoyed! The “To Read” list is long, and I don’t have as much time as I would like for reading, but I’ll get to them…eventually. Thanks to Declan for the inspiration to do this!

blue = most anxiously awaiting             red = favorites


The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica By: Mavis Biesanz, Richard Biesanz, and Karen Biesanz

La Momia Desaparece By: Arturo de Rosa (Spanish)





A Mathematical Nature Walk By: John A. Adam

A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to eh Animals, Plants, & Ecosystems of the New World Tropics By: John Kricher

Cats’ Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People By: Steven Vogel

Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle By: Steven Vogel

Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World By: Sean Esbjorn-Horgens & Michael E. Zimmerman

Life’s Devices: The Physical World of Animals and Plants By: Steven Vogel

Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World By: Paul Stamets

One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest By: Wade Davis

The Secret Life of Plants By: Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird

The Work of Nature: How The Diversity Of Life Sustains Us By: Yvonne Baskin

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Hear and There By: Aldo Leopold


Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do about It By: Anna Lappe

Fields of Plenty: A Farmer’s Journey in Search of Real Food and the People Who Grow It By: Michael Ableman

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual By: Michael Pollan

Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation By: Sharon Astyk

Second Nature By: Michael Pollan

Seeds of Change: Five plants that transformed mankind By: Henry Hobhouse

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle of the World Food System By: Raj Patel

Permaculture/Sustainable Ag

Allelopathy: Basic and Applied Aspects By: S.J.H. Rizvi and V. Rizvi

The Biological Farmer: A Complete Guide to the Sustainable & Profitable Biological System of Farming By: Gary F. Zimmer

Edible Forest Gardens, Vol. 2: Ecological Design And Practice For Temperate-Climate Permaculture By: Dave Jacke; Eric Toensmeier

Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture By: Toby Hemenway

Introduction to Permaculture By: Bill Mollison

The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening Edited By: Thomas Christopher

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability By: David Holmgren

The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook For Britain & Other Temperate Climates By: Patrick Whitefield


Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things By: Rick Smith;Bruce Lourie

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity By: James Hansen

The Ecology & Management of Prairies in the Central United States By: Chris Helzer

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder By: Richard Louv

Miracle Under the Oaks: The Revival of Nature in America By: William K. Stevens

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization By: Lester Brown

Planet Walker: 17 Year of Silence, 22 Years of Walking By: John Francis

Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World By: Gary Hirshberg


Again to Carthage By: John L. Parker Jr.

Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon’s Legendary Coach and Nike’s Cofounder By: Kenny Moore

The Perfect Mile By: Neal Bascomb

Philosophy & Psychology

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail of Succeed By: Jared Diamond

Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration By: Keith Sawyer

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies By: Jared Diamond

Long Descent By: John Michael Greer

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard By: Chip Heath; Dan Heath

The Eternal Frontier By: Tim Flannery

The Meaning of the 21st Century By: James Martin

The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Create Human Nature By: Daniel J. Levitin

The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy By: Raj Patel

Walden By: Henry David Thoreau

Civil Disobedience By: Henry David Thoreau 


Pepita Jimenez By: Juan Valera (en español)

Sangre Y Arena By: Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

Don Quixote de la Mancha By: Miguel de Cervantes


Einstein: His Life and Universe By: Walter Isaacson

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit By: Daniel Quinn

The Frank Angelo Batastini and Adele Batastini (nee Biagiotti) Family By: Jim Macchia (A well-researched history of one side of my family!)

The Da Vinci Code By: Dan Brown

Uncle Tom’s Cabin By: Harriet Beecher Stowe



***Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature*** By: Janine M. Benyus (aka MY BIBLE)

Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion By: Alan Burdick

Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease By: Sharon Moalem; Jonathan Prince

The Gecko’s Foot: Bio- Inspiration: Engineering New Materials from Nature By: Peter Forbes

Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America By: Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata



Food/Sustainable Ag/Permaculture

The Basics of Permaculture Design By: Ross Mars

Edible Forest Gardens: Ecological Vision, Theory For Temperate Climate Permaculture By: Dave Jacke; Eric Toensmeier

PERMACULTURE: A Designers’ Manual By: Bill Mollison; Reny Mia Slay

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals By: Michael Pollan

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming By: Masanobu Fukuoka

The Methods of Jean Pain: Another Kind of Garden By: Ida & Jean Pain

Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods By: Sandor Ellix Katz


Carbon War: Global Warming and the End of the Oil Era By: Jeremy Leggett

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things By: William McDonough; Michael Braungart

Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice By: Paul T. Anastas; John C. Warner

Silent Spring By: Rachel Carson

The Discovery of Global Warming By: Spencer R. Weart

The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook: For Prairies, Savannas, and Woodlands By: Stephen Packard; Cornella Mutel


1984 By: George Orwell

A Separate Peace By: John Knowles

All Quiet On The Western Front By: Erich Maria Remarque

Brave New World By: Aldous Huxley

Great Gatsby By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Harry Potter 1-7 By:   J K Rowling

Hiroshima By: John Hersey

His Dark Materials Trilogy By: Philip Pullman

Life of Pi By: Yann Martel

Lord of the Flies By: William Golding

Of Mice and Men By: John Steinbeck

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By: Mark Twain

The Alchemist By: Paulo Coelho

The Catcher in the Rye By: J.D. Salinger

The Color Purple By: Alice Walker

The Grapes of Wrath By: John Steinbeck

The Handmaid’s Tale By: Margaret Atwood

The Jungle By: Upton Sinclair

The Killer Angels By: Michael Shaara

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) By: C.S. Lewis

The Metamorphosis By: Franz Kafka

The Westing Game By: Ellen Raskin

To Kill a Mockingbird By: Harper Lee

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By: Robert M. Pirsig

Plays (wow…I really wasn’t expecting this to be a category)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream By: William Shakespeare

Hamlet By: William Shakespeare

Inherit the Wind By: Jerome Lawerence

Oedipus Rex By: Sophocles

Othello By: William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet By: William Shakespeare

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead By: Tom Stoppard

The Glass Menagerie By: Tennessee Williams

The Merchant of Venice By: William Shakespeare

The Odyssey By: Homer


Once a Runner: A Novel By: John L Parker

Running with the Buffaloes By: Chris Lear


AP U.S. History Textbook

AP Biology Textbook

Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution By: Kenneth R. Miller

Left Behind: The Kids (about the first half of the many-book series) By: Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye

This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession By: Daniel J. Levitin

Thoreau You Don’t Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant By: Robert Sullivan

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World By: Tina Seelig

6 Responses to “Books”

  1. Lori Swan said

    You need to read Greensword by Don Bingle!

  2. Joan said

    Finished “Killer Angels” recently. It’s about the Gettysburg Battle of the Civil War and the only book you’ll need to read to get the ‘feel’
    of what that war was like.
    It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1974, and well deserved!!
    I’ve read “Othello”. Try and get the film “Othello” starring Laurence
    Olivier. And if you want to go further, I have a video of the opera,
    “Otello” by Verdi.

  3. Nate said

  4. Jake Adams said

    I read a good portion of Last Child in the Woods, the book on the nature deficit disorder, in my environmental lit class this past term. It was very good. You should read it soon.
    Here are some other books that I read in the class that you should look into, if you haven’t already.

    Desert Solitaire: Edward Abbey
    A Sand County Almanac: Aldo Leopold
    The Unsettling of America. Culture and Agriculture: Wendell Berry
    The Control of Nature: John Mcphee

    and there’s a ton of good writers in this
    The Norton Book of Nature Writing: Finch and Elder

    But yea, I just took the envr lit along with environmental conversational geography as one class (Learning Community). It was the best class Ive taken in school so far. We got to work on an organic garden (Augie Acres) that the class has developed for this class specifically as well as an organic farm off campus. It was such a great learning experience talking about sustainability and discussing various ideas and movements within the environment. You would have enjoyed it. We should run together soon/or just hangout.

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