Recommended Readings


This list comes from ENVS undergrads responding to the question, "What are you reading now?" (May 2023)

A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara
America is in the Heart Carlos Bulosan
Botany of desire Michael Pollan
Autobiography of Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda
Backyard Pharmacy Elizabeth Millard
Bad Feminst Roxcan Grey
Bad Indians Deborah Miranda
Becoming Michelle Obama
Beloved Toni Morrison
Borderlands/ La Frontera Gloria Anzaldua
Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimerer
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Caged Warrior Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
Coasts in Crisis Gary Griggs
Death at Seaworld David Kirby
Dreaming in Cuban Cristina Garcia
Drunk Edward Slingerland
Entangled Life Sheldrake
Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser
Fictions Jorge Luis Burges
Flicker in the Clarity Amy Menamara
Freakonomics: economic of everyday things
Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
House of Leaves Mark Z Danielewski
How many of these hills is gold C Pam Zheng
How to be a Good Creature Sy Montgomery
I Contain Multitudes Ed Yong
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer
Island of a thousand mirrors Sy Montgomery
Island of a thousand mirrors Nayomi Munaweera
Jepson Manual for keying out Plants Willis Linn
Just Kids Patti Smith
Kiss the ground Woody Harrelson
Lapuona Otessa Moshfegg
Looking for alaska John Green
Metamorpheses Ovid
Motivations Rene Descartes
Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss
Natural History of Ano Nuevo Bernard Le Boeuf
Omnivore's dilema Michael Pollon
On earth we're Briefly gorgeous Ocean Vuong
One flew over the cukoos nest Ken Kesey
Parash of a sower Octevie Buttler
Percy Jackson Rick Riordan
Perfume Patrick Suskind
Perks of being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky
Player Piano Kurt Vonnegut
Queer Ecologies Nicole Seymour
Reading the Glass Elliot Rassapot
Regenesis George Monbiot
Sakamoto Days (Manga) Yuto Suzuki
Schooling in Capitalistic America Bowles and Gintis
Self Aware Universe Amit Goswami
Shade Pete Souza
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Silicon City Cary Molleland
Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo
Slaughter House Fine Kurt Vonnegut
Soul of an octapus Sy Montgomery
South to America Imani Perry
The Alice Network Kate Quinn
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Suzanne Collins
The Chaos Machine Maz Fisher
The Codebreakers Jennifer Dadna
The Dhammapada Gil Fronsdal
The Emissary Yoko Tawada
The Final Girl Support Group Grady Hendrix
The Foler Agreemenets Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements The four Agreemenets
The Grip of it Jae Jene
The high Sierra Kim Stanley Robinson
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
The Mountain is You Brianna Wiest
The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander
The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollon
The Ordinary Jim Grinsley
The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle
The Proxy of the Orange Tree Samantha Shannon
The Road Between Courtney Peppernell
The Snow Leopard Peter Mathiessen
The souvenir Museum Elizabeth Mccracken
The Tao of Pooh Benjamin Hoff
The tipping point Maconn Gladwell
The way I used to be Amber Smith
The way of the Peaceful Warrior Dan Milman
The Westing Game Ellen Raskin
Then There Were None Agatha Christie
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate Naomi Klein
Where the Crawdads sing Delia Owens
White Teeth Zadie Smith
Why We Sleep Mathew Walker
You should really see someone Lori Gottlieb

Environmental, Economic, Historical and Sociological Readings Recommended by Students in Environmental Studies (updated August 2023)

Anti-Racist Reading List

Me and White Supremacy Layla Saad
White fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism Robin DiAngelo
So You Want To Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo
Waking Up White Debby Irving
How to Be An Anti-Racist Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped from the beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America Ibram X. Kendi
The Souls of Black Folk WEB Dubois
White Bred: Hillbillies, White Trash, and Rednecks Against White Supremacy Eric Kerl
Essays / articles
Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
Whiteness as property Cheryl Harris
9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher J. Drew Lanham



Robin Kelley - Freedom Dreams

Isabel Wilkerson - Caste

The Political Mine by George Lakoff

Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Freire

People's Guide to Capitalism - Hadas Thier

Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression

The Souls of Black Folk - W. E. B. Du Bois

Our Revolution, Bernie Sanders

Maurizio Lazarato, Capital Hates Everyone

The Combahee River Collective Statement

People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn (freely available through History is a Weapon)

Winning the Green New Deal

Mutual Aide, Dean Spade

Blueprint for the Revolution - Srđa Popović

The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa - Walter Rodney

Communism For Kids - Bini Adamczak

Manufacturing Consent - Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

Bigger than Bernie - Megan Day and Micah Uetricht

The Socialist Manifesto - Bhaskar Sunkara

The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein

Why Marx was Right - Terry Eagleton

Critique of the Gotha Program - Karl Marx (Free PDF)

The Deficit Myth - Stephanie Kelton

The Case for Job Guarantee - Pavlina R. Tcherneva

Understanding Modern Money - Randall Wray

Debt - David Graeber

Declarations of Dependence: Money, Aesthetics, and the Politics of Care -  Scott Ferguson

Further Reading

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