The Greener Reader: Greening our minds, one book at a time.

Our next meeting is:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm at the Kaimana grassy knoll tables


Join us Tuesday, April 29, as we discuss Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau.

Walden and Civil Disobedience are two of Henry David Thoreau’s most well-known works. In Walden, Thoreau shares his experience of living in a cabin in the woods near Walden Pond, discussing themes of independence, spirituality and self-reliance. Influenced by slavery and the Mexican – American war, Thoreau argues in his essay, Civil Disobedience, to prioritize individual principles over the government and other social institutions and policies. These two American classics offer a great introduction to transcendentalism.

We hope to see you there!




We welcome all readers (and even those who didn’t get around to reading the book) to attend for our potluck and discussion. If you can, bring a food dish to share with the aim of incorporating as many locally grown ingredients as possible! We welcome all thoughts and opinions in this discussion, and appreciate this list of Oprah’s “Top 9 things not to say at a book club” – especially #9!

Greener Reader potluck - six month celebration on March 28, 2012



Read ahead!

The Greener Reader board has taken the liberty to hand select only the finest greener reads for the first quarter of 2013.  Here’s our schedule:

  • January 2014: TBD
  • February- Combo of: The Necessary Revolution by Senge and Thinking in Systems by Meadows
  • March- A month dedicated to “transcendentalism” — so that could be any author such as Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Henry David Thoreau, suggestion: Walden-Henry David Thoreau
  • AprilBotany of Desire by Michael Pollan
  • MayThe Science Delusion: Asking The Big Questions In A Culture Of Easy Answers by White, Curtis
  • JuneCadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
  • JulyThe Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy
  • AugustEarth Democracy- Vandana Shiva
  • September- A month dedicated to John Muir
  • OctoberThe Oil We Eat -PDF
  • NovemberEating on the Wild Side- Mary Jo Robinson
  • DecemberFriend of the Earth by T C Boyle.

The Top 5 Reasons to Join:

  1. Discuss current sustainability issues and how they are being applied locally (or how they could/should be applied locally!)
  2. Meet like-minds that care about these topics
  3. Everyone needs to eat: potluck-style food and drink at alternating homes
  4. Deadlines mean you’ll actually finish that book you’ve been meaning to read!
  5. …or, if you didn’t get to finishing this month’s book (woops!) you’re still welcome to attend and pick-up on other’s highlights and recommendations

We encourage all of these eco-friendly reading options:

  • Book-share with friends and club-goers! Leave a message on our Goodreads page.
  • Support the Hawaii State Public Libraries
  • Use your iPad, Kindle, or other paperless options

Join the Discussion on our Goodreads Group Page!

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A sustainability-related book club based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Greening our minds, one book at a t…

Books we’ve read

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
Surfing Tsunamis of Change - A Handbook for Change Agents
Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating
Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds
Bicycle Diaries
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
The Ultra Mind Solution: Automatically Boost Your Brain Power, Improve Your Mood and Optimize Your Memory
Hope, Human and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis
Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: How My Company and I Transformed Our Purpose, Sparked Innovation, and Grew Profits - By Respecting the Earth
The Hip Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World

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