Our Summer Reading List

We here at TTCF are voracious readers and are always sharing excerpts and ideas from fiction and nonfiction, sector-related and passion-related alike. Inspired by the Community Collaborative’s book club (see below) we decided to share what we’re reading with our community members. The list will be growing throughout the summer, so check in whenever you need inspiration.

Conscious Collaboration: Re-Thinking The Way We Work Together, For Good by Ben Emmens. “Some of the most successful collaborations have been begun by a group of unusual suspects, not kindred spirits,” (Emmens). In this quick-read, the author lays out the practices and compromises necessary for unlike-minded people to create intentional community change. Ashley, our resident Storyteller, loves how this book channels awareness practices into impact.

In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis by David Madden and Peter Marcuse. Stacy, our CEO, is intrigued by the way the book’s authors explore housing as a universal necessity of life. Without it, one cannot participate in social, political, or economic life. Housing confirms one’s agency, cultural identity, individuality, and creative powers. It is the precondition for work and leisure.

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers. The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) is in the midst of its inaugural Mental Health Awareness Month Book Club. The intention is to align with efforts of CCTT and the broader community to increase collective knowledge of supporting youth and adults with mental health challenges. Stuck in a snow delay to visit her son at Wyoming State, Phyllis, our Community Impact Officer, read this and two other books in three days!

Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities by Diana Leafe Christian. A guide of practical information distilled from numerous firsthand sources on how to establish an intentional community. From interpersonal and leadership issues to vision statements and legal structures, Christian shares how people can work together in pursuit of a common ideal. Itzi, our CFO, loves the idea of communal living and shared responsibility to create an intentional living experience.

Get to know our staff members a little better by reading our bios! You can let us know what you’re reading by emailing Ashley at ashley@ttcf.net.

Did you know that Word After Word Bookshop in historic downtown Truckee will order books for you? Visit their wonderful staff and #shoplocal. 10118 Donner Pass Road  Truckee, CA  96161. Phone: 530-536-5099.