A writer and educator who lives in Rhode Island, Elizabeth Rush is here with a book that is just beginning to receive the attention it merits, a book of care and urgency. Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore (Milkweed) takes readers to places where the notion of shore is dramatically changing, sometimes as part of the widely reported storms or weather events, but also as part of what is at work now daily.
“Rising is a smart, lyrical testament to change and uncertainty. Elizabeth Rush listens to both the vulnerability and resiliency of communities facing the shifting shorelines of extreme weather. These are the stories we need to hear in order to survive and live more consciously with a sharp-edged determination to face our future with empathy and resolve. Rising illustrates how climate change is a relentless truth and how real people in real places know it by name, storm by flood by fire.” —Terry Tempest Williams.
“Sea level rise is not some distant problem in a distant place. As Elizabeth Rush shows, it’s affecting real people right now. Rising is a compelling piece of reporting, by turns bleak and beautiful.” —Elizabeth Kolbert.