Book List

Many of these books and more are available through the Four County Library System.

Books about Transition


The Power of Just Doing Stuff examines the power of community action as the key to seeding a new economy.  Rather than waiting for permission to be led into the future, people are taking the matter into their own hands and building the future they want to see.  Taking inspirational real-world stories from Transition initiatives around the world, this book invites us to ask, why not?




The Transition Companion draws on over three years’ experience of the worldwide Transition movement and gives a new, easily accessible approach to creating change.  It builds on the success of the The Transition Handbook and is packed with inspirational stories, photos and illustrations.




36224350The Transition Timeline lightens the fear of our uncertain future, providing a map of what we are facing and the different pathways available to us. It describes the Transition Vision, in which we shift our cultural assumptions to fit our circumstances and move into a more fulfilling, lower-energy world. The practical, realistic details of this Transition Vision are examined in depth, covering key areas such as food, energy, demographics, transport and healthcare, and they provide a sense of context for communities working towards a thriving future.


transitionhandbookcoverThe Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities, which will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. They can also encourage the development of local currencies, to keep money in the local area. If your town is not a Transition Town, this upbeat guide offers you the tools for starting the process.



548Local Money helps you understand what money is and what makes good and bad money, and reviews how people around the world and in the past have experimented with new forms of money that they create themselves. The book draws on the track record of experimentation with local money to show those in the Transition movement and beyond what has been tried, what works, and what to avoid. Different models of alternative currencies are reviewed, from the Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) and TimeBanks, which work within communities, to paper currencies such as Berkshares, German regional currencies and Ithaca ‘hours’.


Books about Economics, Energy, and Ecology


Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability brings into sharper focus the powerful and still evolving Permaculture concept he pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970s. It draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to reveal a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles. Permaculture draws a correlation between every aspect of how we organize our lives, communities and landscapes and our ability to creatively adapt to the ecological realities that shape human destiny.



Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change provides a solid background of research and a realistic view of what the likely consequences of humanity’s failure to notice that we have entered into “overshoot” of the earth’s carrying capacity.




index.aspxThe End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, examining why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes.  It re-evaluates cherished economic theories and describes what policymakers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources.




The Long Emergency is an eye-opening look at the unprecedented challenges we face in the years ahead, as oil runs out and the global systems built on it are forced to change radically.





The Long Descent is a welcome antidote to the armageddonism that often accompanies peak oil discussions.  It describes how while the changes that will follow the decline of world petroleum production are likely to be sweeping and global, from the perspective of those who live through them these changes are much more likely to take gradual and local forms.