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Most authors tackle sustainability as a problem of economics or the environment. But Michael Schuler's Making the Good Life Last (Berrett-Koehler, 2009) explores the concept from a personal development angle.

Sustainability is better characterized as an attitude than as a goal, he writes, and it consists of individuals cultivating four basic codes of conduct into their daily lives: paying attention, staying put, exercising patience, and practicing prudence. A chapter is devoted to each code and its relevance to creating a more sustainable lifestyle over time. Though not based on scientific studies, the book is full of examples and is an easy, thought-provoking read.

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In Another Kind of Public Education (Beacon Press, 2009), sociologist Patricia Hill Collins examines the current state of race relations in the United States, especially within schools. Using both personal and historical perspectives, Collins explores how race politics influences young people's experiences of prejudice, and how racism has evolved from blatant to more subtle forms over time. She argues that educators need both to understand how the media influences young people and to help them resist negative stereotypes.

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