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Books that influence our work and that are available in our lending library...

50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save The Earth from The Earth Works Group

A - Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants by Christopher Brickell.

A Greener China? Challenges and Perspectivesby Tai Chan and Hung J. Lee (signed by Tai)

Air-To-Air Heat Exchangers for Houses by William A. Shurcliff

The Algiers Motel Incident by John Hersey

Alternative Energy Projects for the 1990's by John Kuecken

American City: Detroit Architecture 1845-2005 Text by Robert Sharoff; Photographs by William Zbaren

American Earth Edited by Bill McKibben

American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn By Ted Steinberg

American Shelter: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Home by Lester Walker

Amos Walker's Detroit Text by Loren D. Estleman; photographs by Monte Nagler

An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin

Architecture: The Natural and the Manmade by Vincent Scully (donation from Armando Delicot)

Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle

The Armchair Environmentalist: 3 Minute-A-Day Action Plan To Save The World by Karen Christensen

The Art of Mindful Gardening: Sowing the Seeds of Meditation by Ark Redwood

The Atlas of New Librarianship by R. David Lankes

Banker To The Poor: Micro-lending And The Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus

Bauhaus, Modernism & the Illustrated Book by Alan Bartram

Bayou Farewell: the Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast by Mike Tidwell

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider's Guide to Detroitedited by Amy Linn, Emily Linn & Rob Linn (various contributing authors, including our own Matthew Piper)

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende

Better World Shopping Guide by Ellis Jones

The Big Picture: Reflections on Science, Humanity, and a quickly Changing Planet by David Suzuki and Dave Robert Taylor (signed copy donated by Susan and Tom O'Connor)

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

Building Communities From The Inside Out by John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight

Building Green For The Future: Case Studies of Sustainable Development in Michigan by Urban Catalyst Associates

The Buildings of Detroit: A History by W Hawkins Ferry

Building the Green Economy by Kevin Danaher, Shannon Biggs and Jason Mark.

The Business Case for Renewable Energy by Andrea Putman and Michael Philips.

Camillo Sitte: The Birth of Modern City Planning by George R. Collins and Christiane Crasemann Collins (1 copy) (donation from Jon Koller)

Canvas Detroit by Julie Pincus and Nichole Christian

The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook by Godo Stoyke

Carbon Strategies: How Leading Companies Are Reducing Their Climate Change Footprint by Andrew J. Hoffman

The Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits by John McKnight

Alternative Energy Projects for the 1990's by John Kuecken

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems Principles and Practices by Peter Newman and Isabella Jennings (donation from Jannie Biernat)

City of Destiny: The Story of Detroit by George W. Stark

The Comfortable House: North American Suburban Architecture 1890-1930 by Alan Gowans

The Company We Keep by John Abrams (2 copies)

Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart

Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus

Cultivating Food Justice by Alison Hope Alkon and Julian Agyeman

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and The Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell

The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. (2 copies) From Wikipedia: A greatly influential book on the subject of urban planning in the 20th century. First published in 1961, the book is a critique of modernist planning policies claimed by Jacobs to be destroying many existing inner-city communities.

Tumbleweed Tiny House web site Design & Build Workshop Workbook

Design for Community by Derek M. Powazek

Design Language by Tim McCreight

The Detroit Almanac: 300 years of life in the Motor City by Peter Gavrilovich and Bill McGraw

A Detroit Anthology by Anna Clark

Detroit City Is The Place To Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli. (2 copies; one donated by Bethany)

Review by Peggy Brennan:

Mark Binelli grew up in St. Clair Shores, left for New York, but returned for a year to develop material for this book. As the title indicates, the focus is an examination of Detroit as the struggling post-industrial city, with an attempt to explain how it got there. Each chapter is a separate essay covering a wide variety of subjects: the ruined buildings, politics, crime, the newer movements into the city (arts and urban agriculture). He has done his research, and has done a good job analyzing the various areas. As relentlessly depressing as the book is, he somehow, in the end, ends up siding with the optimists who believe Detroit has a bright future.

Detroit Future City: 2012 Detroit Strategic Framework Plan by The Detroit Works Project Long-Terms Planning Steering Committee (1 copy; Reference only)

Detroit's Cass Corridor by Armando Delicato and Elias Khalil. We are mentioned with historic and recent photos!

Detroit's Coming of Age: 1873 to 1973 by Don Lochbiler (Donation from Mitzi Carter)

Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs by Michael A. Dirr.

Driving and the Built Environment Transportation Research Board Special Report 298

The Earth Knows My Name Patricia Klindienst

Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart

Earth in the Balance by Al Gore.

Earth Prayers from Around the World edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon

Earth User's Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow

Eco-Economy by Lester R. Brown

The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability by Paul Hawken

Economicology - The Eleventh Commandment Revised Edition by Peter M. Wege

The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People Published by the Michigan Municipal League (

Edible Cities: Urban Permaculture for Gardens, Balconies, Rooftops, and Beyond by Judith Anger, Dr Immo Fiebrig, Martin Schnyder.

The End Of Poverty: Economic Possibilities For Our Time by Jeffrey D. Sachs (hard copy signed by author)

The Energy Imperative: 100 Per Cent Renewable Now by Hermann Scheer, Forward by Bianca Jagger (donation from Michael Cartwright)

Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy by Hazel Henderson and Simran Sethi

The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal

Explore Our Natural World: A Biodiversity Atlas of the Lake Huron to Lake Erie Corridor by Mary Kehoe Smith and Bob Weir

Extreme Simplicity: Homesteading in the City by Christopher and Dolores Lynn Nyerges

Fair Food by Oran B. Hesterman

Filling the Gaps: Environmental Protection Options for Local Governments by Katherine A. Ardizone & Mark A. Wyckoff

Flourishing: A Frank Conversation About Sustainability by John R. Ehrenfeld and Andrew J. Hoffman (the latter teaches Sustainable Enterprise at U of M).

Foods That Heal by George D. Pamplona-Roger

Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit by Dan Austin

From Eco-Cities to Living Machines by Nancy Jack Todd and John Todd

The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation by Steven W. Semes

GAIA: An Atlas of Planet Management General Editor, Dr. Norman Myers

Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition by Toby Hemenway

Getting Ghost by Luke Bergmann

Global Warming Survival Handbook by David de Rothschild

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage by Heather Rogers

  • The Great Work by Thomas Berry. Berry asks us to move from being a disruptive force on the earth to a benign presence. He calls this our great work - the most necessary and most ennobling work we will ever undertake.

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