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Personal Empowerment
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The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog: Access to Tools and Ideas for the Twenty-First Century
, edited by Howard Rheingold, 384 oversized pages.  Live smart.  Think for yourself.  Transform the future.  Click here for a review.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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The Womansource Catalog and Review: Tools for Connecting the Community of Women, edited by Ilene Rosoff.  A Whole Earth Catalog for women.  Click here for a detailed description.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It, by David Gershon & Gail Straub.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter
, by Elaine St. James.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Living Cheaply With Style: Live Better and Spend Less, by Ernest Callenbach.

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Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence, by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, founders of the New Road Map Foundation, which publishes both booklet and online versions of All-Consuming Passion: Waking up from the American Dream. You can also buy a Spanish version of this book.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2002.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2002, by Richard Nelson BollesClick here for a detailed description.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  (To access "What Color Is Your Parachute: Job Hunting On-Line", click here.)

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Fundamentals of Co-Counseling Manual, by Harvey Jackins.  Click here to learn more about co-counseling.  Cocounseling offers free bartered therapy.  Co-counseling or re-evaluation counseling offers free bartered therapy for individuals and emphasizes the innate goodness of people and encourages the personal and political liberation of all people.

     Tools for Wellness offers a dazzling array of over 1,000 products related to mind technology and alternative healthcare.  In addition to their website, they also have an impressive hard-copy catalog.  (2 cautions: 1) Many of their products are expensive, and 2) Be advised that they sell a wide range of unconventional products, some of which are quite useful, some of which are worthless, and some of which may or may not work.  So think carefully before you spend your money here.)

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Handbook to Higher Consciousness (cassette tape & mini-guide), by Ken Keyes, Jr.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  I recommend this as your first introduction to the Ken Keyes living love method.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Wellness: Small Changes You Can Use to Make a Big Difference, by Regina Sara Ryan and John W. Travis, M.D.  This positive and upbeat book covers 32 ways you can improve your health by being kind to yourself and self-nurturing.  It is a welcome change from many spartan health-improvement programs.

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Stretching, by Bob Anderson.  Stretching makes you more relaxed by reducing muscle tension, which also reduces mental tension.  Stretching also helps prevent muscle injuries by stretching and lengthening the muscles that you tighten during exercise.  Over 2 million copies sold.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  See also stretching.

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The Book of Stress Survival: Identifying and Reducing the Stress in Your Life, by Alix Kirsta.  A Gaia original book, beautifully illustrated, that provides a relaxing, holistic approach to relaxation.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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The New Laurel's Kitchen: A Handbook for Vegetarian Cookery and Nutrition, by Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders and Brian Ruppenthal.

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Alternative Medicine: the Definitive Guide
, compiled by the Buron Goldberg Group.  This is the new paperback edition of this huge book, published in Sept. 1998.   You can also purchase the original 1,068-page 1994 hardcover edition.  There is also a related Alternative Medicine Digest website.  You can use this book to get innovative holistic health care ideas, but please be advised that (due to a lack of funding) many of these holistic health care ideas have not been adequately researched and tested and may or may not work.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.  For more info on alternative medicine, see alternative medicine and nutritional supplements.

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Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone
, by Linda Rector-Page, N.D., Ph.D.  This book is, in my opinion, the best naturopathic (or nutrient-based healing) medical book available.  This is the latest 11th edition, published in March 2000.  Click here to see the book's table of contents.  (See also Cooking for Healthy Healing and How To Be Your Own Herbal Pharmacist.)  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook, by Peter Blood, spiral bound edition, convenient for use as a songbook.  (Also available in a paperback non-spiral bound edition.)  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Healthy Pleasures, by Robert Ornstein, Ph.D. and David Sobel, M.D.  This is a good overview of the wide variety of healthy pleasures that we can enjoy, including good scenery, good scents, music, love, being touched, lovemaking, food, exercise (including walking, sports, and dancing), rest, positive thinking, good stories, hobbies, recreational intoxication, shopping, laughter, friendship, relationships, marriage, parenting, pets, etc.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

Cultural Empowerment

Free online version of the 2017 National Green Pages from Green America.
     Green America, an alliance of socially responsible businesses with nearly 50,000 individual and 2,000 business members nationwide, is the best overall resource for cultural empowerment.  Their goal is to build a Green economy in America.

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The Communities Directory: A Guide to Cooperative Living: Third Edition.
  Click here for a detailed description.  Published in April 2000.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

Political Empowerment

Organizing: A Guide for Grassroots Activists
, by Si Kahn.

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The Capital Source, Fall 2001, by the National Journal.  Lists over 6,500 contacts in the Washington, DC political, economic, and media establishment.  Revised twice annually.   Includes a list of all members of Congress, plenty of White House contacts, federal government agencies, foreign embassies, corporations, labor unions, think tanks, interest groups, and over 1,000 media contacts, including TV and radio stations, syndicated columnists, news services,  newspapers, magazines, etc.  This information is also for sale (for a hefty price) in electronic format.
  CapWeb- The Internet Guide to the United States Congress offers some additional info.

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Macrocosm USA: Possibilities for a New Progressive Era...: An Environmental, Political, and Social Solutions Handbook with Directories
, by Sandi Brockway.  422 pages.   Published in 1992. 
Click here for more information.  Most of this book is available online and it can be purchased directly from Macrocosm USA for a very low price.  A thorough compilation of left-wing issues and resources as of 1992, it is still a good resource book now.  (However, some of the listings in the over 200-page resource list must be out-of-date by now.)  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

Currently out of print.    
The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States, edited by Robert Cooney and Helen Michalowski.  Published by New Society Publishers

Resources For Building An Ecologically Sustainable Society
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Gaia: An Atlas of Planet Management, edited by Dr. Norman Myers.  This lavishly illustrated Gaia Original book takes a global perspective that looks at our global resources, how we are mismanaging them, and how we can manage them better.  The global perspective or worldview expressed in this book can help give you the vision of a worldview of building a humane, co-operative, ecologically sustainable society for all of humanity.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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State of the World 2002, by Lester Brown and the Worldwatch Institute.  This highly influential book is read by policy makers and millions of readers and is published annually in 30 languages around the world.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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State of the World 2001, by Lester Brown and the Worldwatch Institute.  This highly influential book is read by policy makers and millions of readers and is published annually in 30 languages around the world.  Also, here are summaries of the ecological state of the world for 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000.  You can also buy State of the World 1997, State of the World 1998, and State of the World 1999: The Millennium Edition, and State of the World 2000.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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The Green Reader: Essays Toward a Sustainable Society, by Andrew Dobson.  An impressive collection of essays by leading Green activists and intellectuals.  Published in 1991.

Out of print.
The Sierra Club Green Guide: Everybody's Desk Reference to Environmental Information, by Andrew J. Feldman.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

Utopian/Ecotopian Visions
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Ecotopia, by Ernest Callenbach.  Written in 1975.  You can also purchase the original 1975 Bookpeople edition.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Ecotopia Emerging, by Ernest Callenbach.  Written in 1981.  Reviewed by Amazon.com

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Island, by Aldous Huxley.  Written in 1962.  Click here for a detailed commentary.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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Earthfuture: Stories from a Sustainable World, by Guy Dauncey.  Published in Feb. 2000.  Click here for a description.  Reviewed by Amazon.com.

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