A Traveler's Guide to the End of the World: Tales of Fire, Wind, and Water

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Torrey House Press
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5.2 X 7.95 X 1.1 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
For twenty-five years David Gessner has reported from climate hotspots, from the Gulf of Mexico during the BP oil spill to fracking towns and fires in the West to the fragile Outer Banks. He has been recognized for changing the face of nature writing, both in his own work and through the magazine he founded, Ecotone. Gessner is the author of twelve books that blend a love of nature, humor, memoir, and environmentalism, including the New York Times bestseller All the Wild That Remains, Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt's American Wilderness, and his latest, Quiet Desperation, Savage Delight: Sheltering with Thoreau in the Age of Crisis.

A professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, his magazine publications include pieces in the New York Times Magazine, Sierra, Audubon, Orion, and many other magazines, and his prizes include a Pushcart Prize and the John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay for his essay "Learning to Surf." He has received the Association for Study of Literature and the Environment's award for best book of creative writing, and the Reed Award for Best Book on the Southern Environment. In 2017 he hosted the National Geographic Explorer show, "The Call of the Wild." He is married to the novelist Nina de Gramont.
"Resonant work. Drawing on personal experiences and conversations with affected communities, A Traveler's Guide to the End of the World issues moving warnings about future dangers while bearing witness to the precarious present."


"Excellent environmental journalism."


"A meditative and elegiac look at a country on the brink."


"A veteran writer on the environment, Gessner evokes the havoc resulting from human-caused climate change by taking us to a host of melting, blazing, flooded or desiccated places...evocative prose and
knowledgeable commentary."


"A highly readable, thought-provoking book."


"A Traveler's Guide is a highway road sign bedazzled with flashing-red lights that command us to halt--and to open our ears to what the earth is saying."


"With his signature humor, Gessner manages to show us the worst while helping us hope for the best."

--ANNE HOLMAN, The King's English Bookshop

"Gessner plunges headfirst into the reality of climate change in this visionary and crystalline portrait of how our world, our landscapes, and, perhaps most importantly, our hearts, are forever altered."

--AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL, author of World of Wonders

"Gessner bears powerful witness to the places he loves best, tracing the connections among their crises and finding possibility in their uncertain futures."

--MICHELLE NIJHUIS, author of Beloved Beasts

"Important reading...I became a magpie peering over Gessner's literary shoulder."

--J. DREW LANHAM, author of The Home Place

"This profound love letter to an uncertain future will forever change the way you imagine resilience, resistance, and transformation in the face of a rapidly changing planet."

--MICHAEL P. BRANCH, author ofOn the Trail of the Jackalope

"Others write book reports on global warming, spewing statistics. Gessner immerses himself, getting to know the people most affected while telling their stories, writing from inside the crisis."

--MARK SPITZER, author of Monster Fishing

"Urgent but not panicked, this book is as personal and vulnerable as the world Gessner is describing."

--BRAD COSTA, Boulder Book Store

"David Gessner is a necessary traveler along the border between the present and the future. Let him be your guide with this splendid book."


"With elements of dark humor that come flying like swallows going home, Gessner's journey becomes one of hoping to remember what's gone, writing a field guide to the life still present."

--LINDA HOGAN, author of A History of Kindness