New Books and Films, 2023


Eleven recently published books that you might want to check out, read, and/or give to others:

Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility, short essays by a bunch of great climate experts and authors, edited by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua

No Miracles Needed: How Today’s Technology Can Save Our Climate and Clean Our Air, by Mark Z. Jacobson

At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth, by Madeline Ostrander

Our Fragile Moment: How Lessons from Earth’s Past Can Help Us Survive the Climate Crisis, by Michael Mann

The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet, by Jeff Goodell

The Regenerative Materials Movement: Dispatches from Practitioners, Researchers, and Advocates, edited by the International Living Future Institute

Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden, by Camille T. Dungy

Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe, by Carl Safina

Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America, by Heather Cox Richardson

Saving Democracy: A User’s Manual for Every American, by David Pepper

Fiction:  The Lost Cause, by Cory Doctorow

Also check out the books published by New Society Publishers and Chelsea Green Publishing and Island Press, for a wide selection of titles on sustainability topics.


Four new documentary films that you might want to watch and/or mention to others (note: some of these might not be widely distributed via theaters or streaming until 2024):

The Last of the Nightingales  (32 min.; featuring Bernie and Katherine Krause; view trailer here)

Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island

King Coal

The Need to Grow: Save the Soil, Save the World


I continue to add books and films to this list as the year goes on and I learn about new ones. Do you have favorite books or authors or films to recommend? Please mention them in the Comments.


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August 24, 2023

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LaUra Schmidt December 12, 2023 at 5:52 am

Great lists provided here.
We’d like to suggest the newly released How to live in a Chaotic Climate: 10 Steps to Reconnect with Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our Planet.

Thanks for your consideration.

admin October 19, 2023 at 12:10 pm

Thanks, Tor!
I agree. I listed each of those books in my previous years’ book lists (in 2021 and 2022).

Tor Allen October 19, 2023 at 11:35 am

Two books that I’m reading that I’d recommend.
1. The Climate Book, Greta Thunberg (Feb. 2023). Very good! ~ 30 experts contributing short 3-4 page chapters, with Greta’s insight linking the topics.

2. The Ministry of the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson. 2020, a fictional tale of how our future plays out, in the not too distant future. Starts grim, then shines a light on many, perhaps radical, steps toward reversing global warming, and adapting to the changes taking place.

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