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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




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 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





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)





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





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




Detroit City Is The Place To Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli.

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





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 (www.mml.org)





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





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





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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