Black, White, and Green All Over

It all started with a simple message in FirstClass asking a simple question—what do Antiochians consider the top eco books? From Rachel Carlson’s Silent Spring, Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, and The Control of Nature by John McPhee, to Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, weeks and weeks went by and the responses just kept on coming. When all was said and done a diverse list of some one hundred books had been offered as among the best and most influential eco-centered books published.

The full list from the FirstClass discussion:

Adult Books
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
A Country Year: Living the Questions Sue Hubbell
A Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey Jane Goodall
A Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold
ALL WORKS BY Wendell Berry
ALL WORKS BY Ursula Le Guin
ALL WORKS BY Rick Bass.
And No Birds Sing Mark Jaffe
Believing Cassandra: An optimist Looks at a Pessimist’s World Alan Atkisson
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water Marc Reisner
Chasing the Dragon’s Tail: The Struggle to Save Thailand’s Wildcats Alan Rabinowitz
Conservative Environmentalism James R. Dunn & John E. Kinney
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things William McDonough & Michael Braungart
Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey
Developing Ecological Consciousness: Paths to a Sustainable World Christopher Uhl
Ecology (Key Concepts in Critical Theory) Carolyn Merchant
Ecotopia Ernest Callenbach
Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival Carl Safina
Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser
Free Market Environmentalism Terry L. Anderson & Donald R. Leal
Hard Green: Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists (A Conservative Manifesto) Peter Huber
How to Identify and Grow Psilocybin Mushrooms Jule Stevens
Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: A Call to Those Who Would Save the Earth David Brower
Life of Pi Yann Martel
Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales Diane Ackerman
My Ishmael Daniel Quinn
My Story as Told by Water David James Duncan
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 4th Edition National Geographic Society
Natural Capitalism Paul Hawken
Naturalist Edward O. Wilson
Nature Writings: The Story of my Boyhood and Youth Muir
Our Stolen Future Theo Colborn
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Annie Dillard
Practice of the Wild Gary Snyder
Prodigal Summer & ALL WORKS BY Barbara Kingsolver
Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World Carolyn Merchant
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place Terry Tempest Williams
Silent Spring Rachel Carlson
The Bible(particularly the Book of Genesis)
The Control of Nature John McPhee
The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World Paul H. Phd Ray & Sherry Anderson
The Diversity of Life Edward O. Wilson
The Immigration Dilemma: Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons Garrett Hardin
The Other Way to Listen Byrd Baylor
The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge
The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World Bjorn Lomborg
The Spell of the Sensuous David Abram
The Trees in My Forest Bernd Heinrich
The Web of Life Fritjof Capra
Voluntary Simplicity Duane Elgin
Walden Henry David Thoreau
Children’s Books
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
Andy Goldsworthy: Collaboration with Nature Andy Goldsworthy
Audubon nature guides
Dream Freedom Sonia Levitin
Fun with Nature: A Take-Along Guide Mel Boring
In a Nutshell (Sharing Nature with Children Book) Joseph Anthony
Lord of the Rings series J.R.R. Tolkien
Miracle at Willowcreek Annette Lebox
Montana 1948 Larry Watson
My Side of the Mountain Jean Craighead George
O’ Pioneers! Willa Cather
Seedfolks Paul Fleischman
The Ancient One T.A. Barron
The City of Ember Jeanne Duprau
The Diary of a Worm Doreen Cronin
The Earth From Above Yann Arthus-Bertrand
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein
The Last Basselope: One Ferocious Story Berkeley Breathed
The Lorax Dr. Seuss
The Salamander Room Anne Mazer
The Table Where Rich People Sit Byrd Baylor & Peter Parnall
The Universe is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story Brian Swimme
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Two Old Women Velma Wallis
Vermont Nature Guide Sheri Amsel
Yertle the Turtle Dr. Seuss