RISING radiates outward, making a number of end of the year “best of” lists…..

RISING has been raking up a lot of lovely year-end coverage which I have linked here. RISING is one of the top ten books of the year according to the Chicago Tribune, one of the best books of the year over at the Guardian, one of the best nonfiction books of the year according to Publishers Weekly, and one of the best books of the year according to Library Journal. I could not be more thrilled to have the book celebrated so widely.

Excellent early press for RISING!

Here’s what the critics are saying:

“Graceful” (Chicago Tribune), “timely and urgent” (Publishers Weekly), “smart, lyrical” (Terry Tempest Williams) “pulsing, gleaming prose and a stubborn search for, if not hope, then peace in the face of disaster” (Shelf Awareness) &  “so lyrical that you forget how much science it delivers (Star Tribune). 


Come out for the nation-wide RISING tour to share the love.


RISING gets starred review in Publisher’s Weekly

Last week Publisher’s Weekly gave Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore a starred review I. COULD. NOT. BE. MORE. THRILLED. You can read the whole review in its starry glory below:

 Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

Elizabeth Rush. Milkweed, $26 (202p) ISBN 978-1-57131-367-6

Innovative Pedagogy Article Published in Public

As many of you know, I served as the Andrew Mellon Fellow for the Humanities at Bates College in Maine for two years. One of the best parts of the experience was designing a course that focused on getting students to interview locals about their personal experiences with climate change. I recently published an article in  PUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America about the experience. Check it out here:

“Climate Change and the Stories We Tell: The Making of a Digital Archive in Rural Maine”

RISING: Dispatches from the New American Shore Available for Pre-Order

Hello All,


I am writing with some very exciting news. My book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, will be published by Milkweed Editions next spring. You can pre-order your copy now. Simply click on the link below.





In a historical moment of hurricanes, flooding, and unprecedented weather events, it is becoming increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant—and that it is changing the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways.

In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through our nation’s disappearing places, from Louisiana to Miami, Staten Island to the Bay Area. The wetlands that define these regions are among the most imperiled ecosystems on the planet—accustomed to periods of change, of ebb and flow, yet overwhelmed by rapidly shifting conditions. For many of the plants and animals who live there, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place.

Is human civilization facing a similar set of limited options? And how do we move forward in a world whose borders are already becoming unsettled and strange? Weaving the firsthand accounts of those who are living through sea level rise today—scientists, activists, and members of the communities both currently at risk and already displaced—with eyewitness reporting from our shoreline’s disappearing places, Rising is at once polyphonic and precise, lyric reportage that privileges the voices of those usually kept at the margins.

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.