Pete Seeger


Books by and about people who work to change the world.



Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger is an iconic musician of the American folk music revival, whose work has enough fire to be topical at political rallies and enough resonance and reverence of community to make it a staple at Boy and Girl Scout campfires. Which is why it is little surprise that 91-year-old Seeger's most recent album, Tomorrow's Children is a collaboration with children and community members of his hometown in Beacon, NY. Together Seeger and the schoolchildren, known as "The Rivertown Kids," update old songs and debut new ones that embrace the values of environmental stewardship and social justice. Here he shares three books by and about people who work to change the world.


Books by Pete Seeger





By Wangari Mathaai


"This autobiography from Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Mathaai tells of her incredible life in Kenya. Every aspect of Wangari's story, from attending primary school and earning a PhD to spearheading Kenya's Green Belt movement in 1977, is an inspiration. Her story is a testament to what can be accomplished with hard work and determination."




The Green Collar Economy

By Van Jones


"Environmental leader Van Jones offers his take on two of today's most important issues, social inequality and environmental breakdown. These are major dilemmas that we cannot hope to overcome without a united effort. It is only when individuals like Van Jones offer real solutions and we come together to implement them that we will see positive change."




The Adams-Jefferson Letters

Edited By Lester J. Cappon


"These are beautifully written letters between Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Adams' wife whom he loved dearly. Their correspondences touch on every aspect of early US society, including religion, government and philosophy. The book offers a rare insight into the minds of three important figures from our country's earliest days."



April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.