Dispatches From the New American Shore

eBook - 2018
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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.
Publisher: LaVergne : Milkweed Editions, 2018
ISBN: 9781571319708
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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OPL_AnnaW Dec 20, 2019

I didn't think a book about climate change could be poetic; this title proved me wrong. An environmental writer, Rush travels the coastal regions of the United States, talking to a mixture of scientists and average people living and working in each area. If you don't think climate change is impacting people's lives right now, read this book.

Aug 01, 2019

This book is really good about sea levels rising in many places and has good stories about people affected and the decisions they need to make.

Mar 10, 2019

A thorough , detailed and sobering account of the impact of rising sea levels ( on the US Atlantic and Pacific coasts) on the people, animals and plants living by the shore . Stories of fighting , fleeing, and adapting told by the people whose land is disappearing. Rush is an ecological reporter and an academic who teaches creative non-fiction.

Jul 08, 2018

Strib May 2018: Excellent accounting of ALL the water and quite a bit of the economic inequality currently swamping our land. Focus on inequality conjecture overcame some of the water-related fact--


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