Books & Films

Household Economics

Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity

By Catherine Whitmire

For anyone feeling too busy or too stressed seeking to simplify their life, this guide maps out several routes to simplicity. For over 300 years,...

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

By Bill McKibben

McKibben offers a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future. Deep Economy makes the compelling case that the more we nurture the essential humanity...

Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy

By Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver

Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver use the core Quaker principle of “right relationship” — interacting in a way that is respectful to all and...

Places in the Heart

This award-winning film by Robert Benton is set in a small Texas town during the Great Depression. A widow with two young children struggles to...

Freedom of Simplicity

By Richard J. Foster

A revised and updated edition of the manifesto that shows how simplicity is not merely having less stress and more leisure but an essential spiritual...

God the Economist: The Doctrine of God and the Political Economy

By M. Douglas Meeks

The absence of God in economic matters is viewed as necessary to the great advances in modern economy. The difficulty with modern market economies, however,...

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure

By Juliet B. Schor

This pathbreaking book explains why, contrary to all expectations, Americans are working harder than ever.

Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things

By John Ryan and Alan Thein Durning

Tracing back the layers of distribution, commerce, and production involved in everyday consumer goods, Stuff is an engaging and fact-packed look at the people and...

Common Fire: Lives of Commitment in a Complex World

By Laurent A. Parks Daloz, Cheryl H. Keen, James P. Keen, and Sharon Daloz Parks

A landmark study that reveals how we become committed to the common good and sustain such commitments in a changing world.