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Publisher's Summary

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 listeners 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.

©2018 Elizabeth Rush. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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This book has an important message every caring Americans and those of other countries.

The writer Is informed and sensitive and her knowledge of the issue is valid and impressive.

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It is a very difficult read. The pace is incredibly drawn out and unnecessarily so. The concepts are interesting but it’s just hard to get into.

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Beautiful, urgent, necessary.

Rising by Elizabeth Rush is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. This should be required reading for all Americans. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.

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The Rising Ocean Around Us

This is, quite simply, one of the best books I've ever read. I highly recommend both the hard copy, the kindle version and the beautiful reading in Audible. Rising is a prosaic elegy to the shores we are losing to the sea. Elizabeth Rush tells multiple stories and at the same time, she manages to reference and source an amazing amount of material. This book should be on everyone's reading list. The audible performance is straightforward - not adding a bit of drama, but allowing all to get through some tough news about the rising ocean and the warming environment. Enjoy this elegant reading and learn about the people on the shores of America.

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Excellent book, adding the true stories

Individual accout of families who went thru these experience, make the issue of RISING cime alive!

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Narration hard to understand.

Narration recording has too much reverberation. Words are not enunciated distinctly. Understanding was not satisfactor.

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Poor narrator is a problem

Not only does she stumble over and gulp words at times, but mispronounces. Wampanaug, not Wampanuag. Kiribas, not Kiribati. These are only a few of the problems in the first two chapters.

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This is a very bad book. Do not read at all costs. Book is highly dangerous. I beg you to not read this.