Friday, July 2, 2010

2010 Summer Reading List: One Down, Ten to Go


Here are the books I hope to get through before school starts up again in September. Sure, it's a little ambitious, at least by my recent standards of not really reading for pleasure at all anymore, but I'm going to shoot for the top anyways and see where I end up.

The complete list of eleven includes (in no particular order):

Building Suburbia, by Dolores Hayden
Food Rules, by Michael Pollan
The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs
What's the Worst that Could Happen?, by Greg Craven
Deep Economy, by Bill McKibben
The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman
Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville, by Witold Rybczynski
Water, by Steven Solomon
Out of Place: Restoring Identity to the Regional Landscape, by Michael Hough
The Power Broker, by Robert Caro
Our Choice, by Al Gore

(more books may be added/substituted in the coming weeks, so stay tuned)

As you can see there's a pretty wide array of titles and topics, though all of them fall beneath the general umbrella of either sustainability or urbanism (or both). I'll keep you posted periodically on my progress and will try to comment on at least some of them. I've already finished Hayden's Building Suburbia and am almost 100 pages into Last Harvest.

Wish me luck...

1 comment:

  1. Dude - had no idea you were into urban planning and such! (Clearly didn't know your concentration). Stumbled upon this blog after a protracted foray through Twitter-space.

    Anyways, those books all look great. I've read Deep Economy, which I consider a classic (along with anything McKibben's written) and The World Without Us. You might want to think about Asphalt Nation, which I read a few years back and remember as pretty good. I think I might put "The Death and Life" on my own reading list. Summer is great for this kind of stuff.