Juli Berwald with James Nestor

A marine scientist widely published in magazines, Juli Berwald a few years ago, captivated readers everywhere, including many who never thought they’d be drawn to a book about jellyfish, with her first book, Spineless. She is virtually back with us this evening to talk about her brilliant, timely newest book about coral reefs, Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs (Riverhead).

“Part science, part memoir, Life on the Rocks is a compelling exploration of the decline of coral reefs and the solutions underway to save them—woven with a mother’s search to cure her own child’s illness. It is a saga of oceans and family, a story of grief and hope, and a call for bold action to save the seas and ourselves. Juli Berwald will have you rooting for her brave daughter and the tenacious corals of the world.” —Cynthia Barnett.

“A courageous and passionate look at the exquisite symbiotic world of coral–and of the human spirit. In entwining deeply personal stories of love and loss and hope on the reefs and in her own family, Berwald offers insight that could not be more relevant to our lives.” —Jennifer Ackerman.

With Juli Berwald in conversation this evening will be James Nestor, whose own most recent book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, has had its own huge reception, and who is also the author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves. As he himself puts it, he ‘lives and breathes in San Francisco.




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ISBN: 9780593087305
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - April 5th, 2022

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