Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore (Hardcover)

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As the seas are rising, formerly habitable places are in the process of disappearing. Rush has written a firsthand account of her research in Rhode Island, Maine, Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, Staten Island, and South Florida. All of these places are being inundated by the rising water; marshes and wetlands are vanishing, and it isn't going to get better. There is no silver bullet that will save us from the water; retreat remains the only reasonable option. This is a noteworthy, engaging, and thoroughly necessary book.The water is rising—read it. -Greg

— From Summer Booknotes 2018

June 2018 Indie Next List


“Focusing on the shorelines of our nation, Elizabeth Rush takes us from north to south and east to west on an intimate journey that vividly tells the story of the effects of our rising sea level and its impact on animal and plant life. In Rising, Rush has written a personal, passionate plea for us to take action before it is too late and to rethink our priorities to the benefit of our environment. This is environmental writing at its best. Please read Rising and then grab a friend and make them read it, too. It’s that good!  ”
— Bill Reilly, The River's End Bookstore, Oswego, NY

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Harvey. Maria. Irma. Sandy. Katrina. We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant--and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways.

In this highly original work of lyrical reportage, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place. Weaving firsthand accounts from those facing this choice--a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago--with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of the communities both currently at risk and already displaced, Rising privileges the voices of those usually kept at the margins.

At once polyphonic and precise, Rising is a shimmering meditation on vulnerability and on vulnerable communities, both human and more than human, and on how to let go of the places we love.

About the Author


Elizabeth Rush's journalism has appeared in the Washington Post, Harper's, Guernica, Granta, Orion, and the New Republic, among others. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants including the Howard Foundation Fellowship, awarded by Brown University; the Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Pedagogical Innovation in the Humanities; the Metcalf Institute Fellowship; and the Science in Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University and her BA from Reed College. She lives in Rhode Island, where she teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781571313676
ISBN-10: 1571313672
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English