I just finished 'Extreme Simplicity: Homesteading in the City' by Christopher and Dolores Lynn Nyerges. A very good book on their experiences creating and living on their 'urban homestead' in the outskirts of LA. They describe how the property they purchased went from a barren, run down duplex into a productive, semi-wild jungle. They share their feelings and thoughts on their house and yard and how the have created a system to produce food for themselves and their critter friends. They also share their feelings on trash, recycling, economics, and self reliance.
I find their perspectives on 'modern' life interesting and thought provoking. It has definitely shown me that a garden does not have to consist of only plants that you buy, native plants have a place in a garden also. Even the plants you consider weeds.
This is not a 'how to' book, but a guide to one way things can be done and it will help you come up with your own ways to do things.
All in all a good book to make you expand your thinking and start new ideas.
Christophers website is here (unfortunately, Delores passed away in 2008).