Reading Buddies

As we face a climate-altered future together, it helps to read together. Reading Buddies for a Just, Livable World is a new group open to all, one title at a time. We focus on books (and maybe shorter selections too) related to climate, social, and environmental justice. Our discussions are on Zoom for now. 

Current selection: Summer 2022

Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress

by Ranae Lenor Hanson
University of Minnesota Press, 2021

Winner of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award for memoir/creative nonfiction, Watershed explores the parallels between human and planetary health. Author Ranae Hanson is a longtime climate activist, teacher, and St. Anthony Park neighbor. She tells of her youth in the Minnesota north woods where three major watersheds meet, and of the climate truths she learned from her immigrant students at Minneapolis College, reflecting several decades on several continents. And she shows how her own recent diabetic health crisis echoes those issues.   


You can preview the book online, but consider buying it from a local shop like Winding Trail or Next Chapter.  It's also available in libraries. We'll meet twice: once in July to discuss the book, and once in August for further discussion with Ranae. To be notified of dates and Zoom link, email


Past selections

The Seed Keeper, winner of a 2022 Minnesota Book Award in the novel category.  The book spans several generations of a Dakhota family. Rosalie Iron Wing returns to her childhood home in the Mankato area, rediscovering her heritage and the ancestors who have protected their families, their traditions, and a precious cache of seeds through years of hardship. About the author: Diane Wilson is the author of Spirit Car and Beloved Child and the former executive director of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. She is a Mdewakanton descendent, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation.

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All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, an anthology of essays and poems by women climate leaders: scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists and innovators across generations, geographies, and races. About the editors: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (left) is a marine biologist, policy expert, and founder of Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities. Katharine K. Wilkinson is an author (Between God and Green), strategist, and teacher.

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