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


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



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101 Design Methods by Vijay Kumar




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A - Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants by Christopher Brickell.




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





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



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The Algiers Motel Incident by John Hersey



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Alternative Energy Projects for the 1990's by John Kuecken




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



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American Earth Edited by Bill McKibben



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



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



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





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An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore




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Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin



Animal, Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (A donated book from Harriet Green)



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




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Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle




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



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




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The Atlas of New Librarianship by R. David Lankes



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




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Bauhaus, Modernism & the Illustrated Book by Alan Bartram




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




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




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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)




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Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living by Nicole Caldwell




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Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende





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Better World Shopping Guide by Ellis Jones




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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)



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The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan




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




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




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The Buildings of Detroit: A History by W Hawkins Ferry




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




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



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




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Canvas Detroit by Julie Pincus and Nichole Christian




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The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook by Godo Stoyke




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





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The Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits by John McKnight



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Alternative Energy Projects for the 1990's by John Kuecken




Cities For a Small continent: International Handbook of City Recovery by Anne Power with Bruce Katz




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




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



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




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The Company We Keep by John Abrams (2 copies)




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Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart




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




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Cultivating Food Justice by Alison Hope Alkon and Julian Agyeman



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





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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.




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Tumbleweed Tiny House web site Design & Build Workshop Workbook





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Design for Community by Derek M. Powazek




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Design Language by Tim McCreight




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Detour In Detroit by Francesca Beradi





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Detroit:1860-1899 (Images of America) by David Lee Poremba




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



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A Detroit Anthology by Anna Clark




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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.



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



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Detroit Divided by Reynolds Farley, Sheldon Danziger, and Harry J. Holzer





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



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



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Detroit’s Polonia (MI) (Images of America) by Cecile Wendt Jensen




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Detroit Then and Now by Cheri Y. Gay (Donation from Harriet Greenwood)





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Diet For A Hot Planet:The Climate Crisis At The End of Your Fork And What You Can Do About It by Anna Lappe and Bill McKibben (a donation from Harriet Green)




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




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Driving and the Built Environment Transportation Research Board Special Report 298





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Driving Detroit: The Quest For Respect in the Motor City by Geroge Galster




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The Earth Knows My Name Patricia Klindienst




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



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Earth in the Balance by Al Gore.




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




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Earth User's Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow




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Eco-Economy by Lester R. Brown





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





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




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The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People Published by the Michigan Municipal League (www.mml.org)




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





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




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



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





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The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal





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





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



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Fair Food:Growing a Healthy Sustainable Food System for All by Oran B. Hesterman




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




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




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Foods That Heal by George D. Pamplona-Roger




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Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit by Dan Austin




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





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




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



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




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Getting Ghost by Luke Bergmann




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Global Warming Survival Handbook by David de Rothschild




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Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage by Heather Rogers




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  • 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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