Here are some of the books that have helped me the most in making this transition to preparing for a lower-energy lifestyle:
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
A unified theory of everything :).
The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann
The original Peak Oil book, from an environmentalist's perspective.
Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Fascinating to read, she moves to Tennessee and starts gardening and eating locally. A book to give family members who are environmentalists ready to move to the next step.
Reinventing Collapse by Dmitry Orlov
From the man who witnessed the Soviet collapse, commentary on the impending American collapse. Cutting wit and occasional laugh-out-loud funny.
World Made by Hand by James H. Kunstler
A fiction book that helps us visualize future living arrangements and social organization. So it doesn't have any inspiring female characters, nothing's perfect.
Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway
Wonderful book of permaculture possibilities for small landscapes and gardens.
Designing and Maintaining your Edible Landscape Naturally by Robert Kourik
A treasure trove of information on permaculture techniques and edible landscaping.
Gardening when it counts by Steve Solomon
A different take than some of the gardening classics.
Crisis Preparedness Handbook by Jack Spigarelli
Great info on storing food. I'm not sure, he may be a conservative (lol).
Great Gardening Companions by Sally Cunningham
A fun book on planting flowers and herbs with your veggies.
Fruits and Berries for the Home Garden by Lewis Hill
Get some perennials in your garden!
Cooking with Sunshine by Lorraine Anderson
Not strictly necessary if you have a professionally built sun oven, but still interesting and inspiring all the same. Never made a quiche before I got this book.
When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein
Lots of miscellaneous information.
Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
The most useful financial book I've ever read - the original that all the Automatic Millionaire and Dave Ramsey's are based on.
Books that Have Useful Skills that I have not yet learned
The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins
I know you think it's gross. But in time we will have to deal with what to do with our waste products.
Root Cellaring by Mike and Nancy Bubel
When I actually have roots to store, I will turn to this book.
Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz
Looking forward to starting to use this one! How to / Recipes for every type of fermented product, from kimchi, to yoghurt, to beer and wine.
Seed to Seed
Saving seed. I still think it's complicated.