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

Our next meeting is:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm at the Kaimana picnic tables

Cadillac DesertJoin us Monday, June 30, as we discuss Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition by Marc Reisner.

Originally published in 1984, Cadillac Desert explores the history of land and water policies during the development of the western United States. Utilizing extensive research, Reisner argues that as the West was transformed by public and private organizations, water standards and other environmental issues were often overlooked and as result, could be negatively impacted today.

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 AmericaSurfing Tsunamis of Change - A Handbook for Change AgentsPlan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save CivilizationSeeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're EatingUncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of SeedsBicycle DiariesCollapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or SucceedThe Ultra Mind Solution: Automatically Boost Your Brain Power, Improve Your Mood and Optimize Your MemoryHope, Human and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the EarthThe Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and CommunitiesPlastic: A Toxic Love StoryRaising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental CrisisConfessions of a Radical Industrialist: How My Company and I Transformed Our Purpose, Sparked Innovation, and Grew Profits - By Respecting the EarthThe Hip Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World