Lungs Reading List

Playwright Duncan Macmillan looks at love in the time of climate change in Lungs. While this spring's performance run at BAM has been canceled due to concerns around the spread of COVID-19, dig into this reading list to continue the conversation about the urgent implications of climate change—and its emotional, philosophical, and ethical impacts on our lives and relationships.


 

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Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World Cover Image
By John Freeman (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143133926
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Published: Penguin Books - August 4th, 2020

This collection of 36 reports, essays, poems, and stories by a diverse array of authors highlights not only the urgent state of the environment, but the inequalities and exacerbated by rapid climate change.


Weather: A novel Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780385351102
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

Jenny Offill (recently featured in the New York Times profile "How to Write Fiction When the Planet Is Falling Apart") uniquely articulates the precious and precarious aspects of interior and domestic life with the specter of climate apocalypse always in the background.


Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

Butler's classic foundational text of dystopian literature begins in a world ravaged by climate change and government collapse, where a young black woman must lead her community on a journey to a new beginning.


Gun Island: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374167394
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 10th, 2019

Something of a followup to his nonfiction work The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, Ghosh's newest novel draws on Bengali legends to create an epic near-future story of climate-related displacement and migration, family history, and individual responsibility.


Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 1st, 2014

A member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and a decorated science professor, Robin Wall Kimmerer incorporates multiple ways of knowing into her essays on the natural world, with an emphasis on our interconnectedness within the environment and instructions for new ways of being in our world.


Losing Earth: A Recent History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250251251
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Published: Picador - March 17th, 2020

In this expanded version of his magazine-length chronicle in the New York Times Magazine, Nathaniel Rich reveals how much was known about climate change as early as 1979, and the decade that scientists, politicians, and strategists tried—and failed—to convince the world to act.


We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374280000
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2019

Award-winning fiction writer and author of Eating Animals Jonathan Safran Foer makes an impassioned case for reducing our consumption of animal products in light of the effects of factory farming on the climate, with ethical and philosophical parallels to the urgency and difficulty of addressing the Holocaust and his own family's history.


On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982129910
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 17th, 2019

Collecting Naomi Klein's essays on climate change written over the last decade and incorporating the most contemporary political realities, this collection by a venerated thought leader on inequality, envionment and policy is prophetic, philosophical, and has influenced thinkers from Greta Thunberg to Michelle Alexander.


The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525576716
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - March 17th, 2020

Called "this generation's Silent Spring" (Washington Post), Wallace-Wells' accounting of the most current scientific predictions for the planet's future is intentionally terrifying as it seeks to break through the emotional denial surrounding climate change even among those who know the facts.