EDN's Reading List | Earth Day Network

Below are some favorite earth-friendly books selected by EDN staff.

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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
This novel about about a struggling marriage contains a subplot about the environmental impacts of mountain-top removal mining.

Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Did the destruction of the natural environment lead to the post-apocalyptic world in this tale?

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
It’s been said that the Game of Thrones trilogy is really all about climate change.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Geologists, marine biologists, botanists and other researchers weigh in on species facing extinction.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate: Naomi Klein
A move to a green economy is the way to take on the climate crisis.

Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
The exploration of where our food comes and what we eat includes the impact food production has on the environment.

Cowed by Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes
Globally recognized environmentalists (Denis is EDN’s board chair emeritus and the organizer for the first Earth Day) analyze how our beneficial, centuries-old relationship with bovines has evolved into one that now endangers us.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
One man’s quest to be one with nature, alone in the wild, is a beautiful and heart-breaking story.

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from a Secret World Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst
The science of how trees survive and thrive reminds of the need to protect our forests.

Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
This novel is set in the Sunderbans, the world’s largest deltaic region.

The Reef by Romesh Guneseker
A main character in this coming-of-age tale is a marine biologist.

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
This provides an interesting look at how light pollution opposes human biology and distances experiences with the environment.


Have your own suggestions for earth-themed books? Share your favorite earth-themed books with us using the #EDNBooks hashtag and we’ll add favorites to our list.

For more reading recommendations, check out our reading list of classics about nature and the environment and our picks for earth-friendly children’s books.

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