To discuss something other than politics (well, not really since what is more political than our understanding of the past), I am teaching a graduate seminar in Environmental History. Here is the reading list. Read along if you want!
Donald Worster, Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s
W. Jeffrey Bolster, The Mortal Sea: Fishing in the Age of the Atlantic
Marsha Weisiger, Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country
Andrew Needham, Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest
Couple of notes–I wouldn’t assign a book that was more than $30, eliminating a lot of good options but making this easier to decide. You may also note that there is nothing on modern environmentalism. That’s not really intentional but perhaps is indicative of how boring and stale the discussions of a lot of that is, in my view.