Robin Greenfield’s Recommended Book List

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Books I Recommend

The following is a list of books that I recommend. I have personally read most of them and they have all served me well. The few that I have not read are on the top of my reading list and have come to me with very strong recommendations.  Many of these books have made significant impacts in my life. In fact, I’m not sure exactly who I would be had I not read these books. Through the knowledge in these books – thanks to the many dedicated humans who wrote them – I have gained much of the knowledge, skills and inspiration I’ve needed to break free from societal norms that no longer served me. My life is an experiment with truth and integrity and these books have been invaluable tools in this experiment. 

I am asked for book recommendations quite frequently and I am elated to have compiled this substantial list for you. There are many more books that I would like to recommend, but I am restraining myself. First, in order to provide you primarily with books that I have personal experience with, and secondly, recommendations that I feel with great certainty are most likely to serve you well. 
 

My Top 30 Recommended Books

I have marked about 30 books with an asterisk ( * ). These books exist not solely as individuals, but together as a group. This grouping is designed to introduce you to numerous topics that are most important to me. Together they create the foundation of a deeper understanding of our oppressive, exploitative systems and dominator culture. Together they share a big picture for a different way forward. Together they serve as a tool for liberation of Earth, humanity and our plant and animal relatives – and of your own mind. Together they share many solutions and strategies for moving forward in human harmony. 

There could easily be hundreds of books on this list. I certainly am an advocate for reading hundreds of books in our lifetimes. However, my strategy in this grouping is to provide you – with your limited time and resources – a list of books where if you read all of them, you have the potential to deeply understand the truth that I am attempting to illuminate. You have the potential to find a deep understanding of a way forward and knowledge of the tools and skills to do so. 
 

The Top Books that Influenced Me

I have marked some books with a caret ( ^ ) or ( ^^ ). This is a selection of books that have had a substantial impact on me and have influenced my life. Books marked with a ^^ are books that I read much later in my mission (after 2017). Books with a ^ are books that I read very early on in my awakening that made a substantial impact on me early on (~2011-2014). Some of those are less relevant to me today.
 

A Few Notes

Categories – I have created a handful of categories to help you find the books with content you may be seeking right now. Many of these books fit into more than one of the categories that I have created. With only a few exceptions, I have kept each book to one category. There are many other categories I would have liked to include, but I have kept it to the categories that most people who come to this page are likely to be seeking.
Limited number of books – Note that there are dozens of books that I have on my list to read and hundreds that I’d like to read. Many of them could easily be on this list. I will continue to add more books to the list in the years ahead.

There are three independent publishers that I also would like to recommend:
New Society Publishers, Chelsea Green Publishing and Milkweed Editions.
New Society is an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on bringing you tools for a world of change. They are creating a new society with the resources they publish and the way they do business. Chelsea Green publishes books about organic farming, gardening, homesteading, integrative health, natural building, sustainable living, socially responsible business, and more. Milkweed Editions mission is to identify, nurture and publish transformative literature, and build an engaged community around it.
 

Sustainable Living, Simple Living & Environment

The Story of Stuff*^^ Annie Leonard 

The Intersectional Environmentalist^^ – Leah Thomas 

Project Drawdown* by Paul Hawken

Fibershed* – Rebecca Burgess 

Garbage Land – Elizabeth Royte 

Life Without Plastic – Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha 

Let My People Go Surfing^ and The Responsible Company^ Yvon Chouinard 

The Moneyless Man^, The Moneyless Manifesto*^ and Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi*^ Mark Boyle 

The Humanure Handbook* – Joseph Jenkins 

Tools for Grassroots Activists – Gallagher & Myers / Patagonia 

Oneness Vs the 1%* and Staying Alive – Vandana Shiva 
 

Food Education

The Omnivore’s Dilemma*^, Food Rules, In Defense of Food and others by Michael Pollan* 

Fast Food Nation*^^ – Eric Schlosser 

Wild Fermentation*^^Sandor Katz and other books by Sandor 

Nourishing Traditions – Sally Fallon 

Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Waste Scandal Tristram Stuart 

Animal, Vegetable Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver 

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs* – Rosemary Gladstar 
 

Growing Food and Gardening

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land*^^ – Leah Penniman 

Gaia’s Garden* – Hemenway 

Paradise Lot* – Eric Toensmeier 

Perennial Vegetables – Eric Toensmeier 
 

Foraging

The Forager’s Harvest*^^ – Samuel Thayer 

Nature’s Garden*^^ – Samuel Thayer 

Incredible Wild Edibles*^^ – Samuel Thayer 

Samuel Thayer’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Eastern and Central North AmericaSamuel Thayer 

See my Foraging Resource Page for more book recommendations.
 

Mindful Living and Communication

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life*^^ – Marshall Rosenberg 

The Miracle of Mindfulness*, The Art of Communication*, Love Letter to the Earth, The World We Have, How to Sit, How to Love, How to Relax, True Love and others by – Thich Nhat Hanh 

The Joy of Living: Unlocking The Secret and Science of Happiness^ Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche 

The Art of Happiness^ H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler and other books by The Dalai Lama 

Elegant Simplicity – Satish Kumar 

Heal Your Living – Youheum Son 
 

Native American Sovereignty, Equity and Justice

All of these books are written by Native American authors unless noted with a ~ 

Braiding Sweetgrass*^^ Robin Wall Kimmerer 

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States*^^ – Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask* Anton Treur
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown
The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen Sean Sherman
The Intersectional Environmentalist*^^ Leah Thomas – This is a powerful manual for supporting BIPOC initiatives~ 

Louise Erdich, author and her bookstore, Birchbark Books
Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming Winona LaDuke and more books by Winona 

See more books written by Native Americans here 
 

Black Liberation, Equity and Justice

All of these books are written by Black authors unless noted with a ~ 

Black Earth Wisdom: Soulful Conversations with Black Environmentalists*^^ – Leah Penniman 

The New Jim Crow*^^ – Michelle Alexander 

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land*^^ – Leah Penniman 

A Black Woman’s History of the United States*^^ – Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross 

The Intersectional Environmentalist*^^ – Leah Thomas 

So You Want to Talk About Race*^^ – Ijeoma Oluo 

How to Be Anti-Racist*^^ – Ibram X. Kendi 

White Fragility*^^ – Robin Diangelo~ 

Just Mercy^^ – Brian Stevenson 

Why We Can’t Wait and The Radical King – Martin Luther King Jr. 

Freedom is a Constant Struggle Angela Y. Davis 

See more books on Black Liberation here 
 

More

Books I Recommend (that Transformed My Life) – Here I share the books that I read early in my awakening that served to transform my life, along with a few remarks on how the book impacted my life. 

How to Change Your Mind* Michael Pollan 

This Changes Everything Naomi Klein 

Born to Run^ Christopher McDougall 

Into the Wild John Krakauer 

The Secret History of the US American Empire John Perkins 

Sex at Dawn Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha 

Charles Eisenstein Sacred Economics*, The Ascent of Humanity and The More Beautiful World Our Heart Knows is Possible 

The Man Who Quit Money Mark Sundeen about Daniel Suelo 

Honeybee Democracy – Thomas Seeley 

A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn 
 

Resources for Education and Inspiration:

Robin Greenfield’s Book Recommendations
50+ People to Listen to and Learn from
Films that Changed My Life
Nonprofits I Recommend and Support
Social Media Pages I Recommend to Follow
YouTube Channels I Recommend to Watch
Black Liberation Resources
Indigenous Sovereignty Resources

This page was created on 3/6/2016 and was last updated 12/08/2023.

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