Recommended Reading

Books We Like

Andrews, Cecile. The Circle of Simplicity: Return to the Good Life. HarperCollins, 1997.

Berry, Wendell. What Are People For? North Point, San Francisco, 1990.

Blix, Jacqueline, and David Heitmiller. Getting a Life: Real Lives Transformed by Your Money or Your Life. Viking Penguin, 1999.

Burch, Mark. Simplicity: Notes, Stories, and Exercises for Developing Unimaginable Wealth. New Society, 1995.

Callenbach, Ernest. Living Cheaply with Style: Smart Ways to Live Better and Spend Less. Ronin Publishers, 1993.

Coleman, Eliot. The New Organic Grower. Chelsea Green, White River Junction, VT, 1995.

Co-op America’s National Green Pages: A Directory of Products and Services for People and the Planet. Co-op America, 1999. Web:

Dacyczyn, Amy. The Tightwad Gazette II: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Lifestyle Alternative.

Dominguez, Joe and Vicki Robin. Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence. Viking,New York, 1992.

Durning, Alan Thein. How Much is Enough? The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth. WW Norton and Co, 1992.

Elgin, Duane. Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich. William Morrow, New York, 1993.

Fifty Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth. Earthworks Press, Berkeley, CA, 1989.

Fritsch, Albert. Ways to a Simple Lifestyle. Alternatives.

Goldbeck, Nikki & David. Choose to Reuse: An Encyclopedia of Services, Products, Programs and Charitable Organizations That Foster Reuse. Ceres Press, 1995.

Gray, Charles. Toward a Nonviolent Economics.

Hubbard, Harlan. Payne Hollow: Life on the Fringe of Society. Gnomon Press, Frankfort, KY, 1974.

Kennedy, Margrit. Interest and Inflation Free Money. Seva International, 1995.

Levering, Frank and Wanda Urbanska. Simple Living: One Couple’s Search for a Better Life. Viking Penguin, 1993.

Longacre, Doris Janzen. Living More With Less.

Luhrs, Janet. The Simple Living Guide: A Sourcebook for Less Stressful, More Joyful Living. Broadway Books, 1997.

Mander, Jerry, and Edward Goldsmith, eds. The Case Against the Global Economy and for a Turn to the Local.

Mate, Ferenc. A Reasonable Life: Toward a Simpler, Secure, More Humane Existence. Norton, 1993.

Peace Pilgrim. Peace Pilgrim. Ocean Tree, 1982.

St. James, Elaine. Living the Simple Life. Hyperion, 1996.

St. James, Elaine. Simplify Your Life with Kids: 100 Ways to Make Family Life Easier and More Fun. Andrews & McMeel, 1997.

Savage, Scott, ed. The Plain Reader: Essays on Making a Simple Life. Ballantine Publishing Group, 1998.

Schor, Juliet. The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure. HarperCollins, 1993.

Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. Hartley and Marx, 1999.

Shi, David. The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture. Oxford University, 1986.

Simple Living Collective of AFSC. Taking Charge: Personal and Political Change Through Simple Living. Bantam Books, 1978.

Tatelbaum, Linda. Carrying Water as a Way of Life: A Homesteader’s History. About Time Press, 1997. ISBN 0965442802

Taylor, John. Enough Is Enough. Augsburg, 1977.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Other Writings. Bantam Books, 1989.

Cassettes and Videos


“Affluenza” and “Escape from Affluenza.” Bullfrog Films, 1-800-543-FROG,

“Diet for a New America, Your Health, Your Planet.” By John Robbins.

“The Man Who Planted Trees.” By Jean Giono.

“How to Create Life Balance.” By Bee Epstein.

“Ecotopia.” By Ernest Callenbach.

Video – “Introduction to Study Guide for Groups: Your Money or Your Life.” New Road Map Foundation.


“Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence” – audio cassettes and workbook for a home study course. These and other cassettes available from the New Road Map Foundation.

Green Catalogs

Seventh Generation Catalog, (800) 456-1177

Real Goods Trading Company, (800) 762-7325


The Dollar Stretcher, PO Box 23785, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33307.

Environmental Building News, (802)257-7300.

The GreenMoney Journal, 608 Glass Ave., Spokane, WA 99205, (800) 318-5715

More Than Money, 2244 Alder St., Eugene, OR 97405, (541) 343-2420, fax: (541) 343-6956, (800) 255-4903.

The Natural Farmer, quarterly of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, 411 Sheldon Rd., Barre, MA 01005, (978)355-2853, fax: (978)355-4046.

Natural Life, RR 1, St. George, ON, Canada N0E 1N0, or Box 60, Lewiston, NY 14092-0060.

This EVOLVING section includes sources of information on the importance of living in harmony with nature and other humans, how simple living advances social justice and a clean environment, “how-to’s” about homesteading and living a simpler life wherever you are.