The Quickening: Antarctica, Motherhood, and Cultivating Hope in a Warming World

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About the Author
Elizabeth Rush is the author of The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth and Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Rush's work has appeared in a wide range of publications from the New York Times to Orion and Guernica. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Howard Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Metcalf Institute. She lives with her husband and son in Providence, Rhode Island, where she teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.
Praise for The Quickening
"The Quickening, Elizabeth Rush's new work of nonfiction, reframes the end of the world--geographical and climatological. [. . .] Alongside recitations of the science as well as meditations of a much more personal nature, the intrepid reader is treated to prose that lifts Rush's work far above standard journalism."--Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times
"Elizabeth Rush's The Quickening is one part memoir, one part reporting from the edge--think Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction--a book that feels as though it was written from the brink. [. . .] Rush writes with clarity and precision, giving a visceral sense of everything from the gear required to traverse an arctic landscape to the interior landscape of a woman facing change both global and immediate."--Vogue"[The Quickening] offers an exploration story that is also a literature of community, as attentive to the cooks and the marine techs as it is to the scientists whose work they support. [. . .] Ultimately Rush determines that the work of parenting, like the floating village of people studying the glacier, is paving the way for other, better futures."--Rachel Riederer, Scientific American
"A poignant, necessary addition to the body of Antarctic literature, one that centers--without glorifying--motherhood, uncertainty, community, vulnerability, and beauty in a rapidly melting world."--Science"Elizabeth Rush takes readers along as she documents the 2019 Thwaites Glacier expedition in Antarctica. The voyage had 57 scientists, researchers and recorders onboard to document the groundbreaking glacier, which has never been visited by humans. [. . .] Rush ties her findings of the Thwaites Glacier expedition to raising kids and living in a quickly changing world."--NPR"An immersive journey through both exterior and interior landscapes, deftly crossing the boundaries between the frigid Antarctic and the warm heart. Elizabeth Rush's writing is multilayered, from fascinating scientific accounts to intimate human stories and deep examinations of how we live deliberately in a melting world."--Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass
"The Quickening is about the end of a great glacier and the beginning of a small life. It is a book about imagining the future, and it is a book of hope."--Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Under a White Sky
"Antarctica is a mysterious, terrifying, vast place and Rush captures all of it with genuine curiosity and intelligence. This book is at once a love letter and a meditation and a gentle warning--and we very much need all three."--Roxane Gay"The Antarctic book I've been waiting for--an immersive modern day expedition tale, a reflection on science and knowledge-making, a confrontation with gendered histories, and a brilliant writer's spellbinding meditation on human mistakes, distant goals, and courage."--Megha Majumdar, author of A Burning: A Novel
"The fascinating inside story of climate science at the edge of Antarctica [. . .] In this follow-up to Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, Rush shows us how data collection happens, capturing the intriguing details of climate science in the field [. . .] The scientists are not the only heroes of Rush's book, which emphasizes above all the collaborative and interdependent nature of such voyages, where so much depends on the staff and crew. In addition to her own poetic voice, the author incorporates the voices of everyone on the ship, highlighting women and racial and ethnic minorities, who have been overlooked in the canon of Antarctic literature."--Kirkus Reviews"Rush's reporting is top-notch, and her personal reflections make this an unusually intimate account of climate change. Readers will find plenty to ponder."--Publishers Weekly
"Rush's artistry shines, each description a pearl, and the string of them a thing of undeniable beauty. Rush is a journalist, with a scientist's curiosity and powers of observation, but she is also a poet."--Shelf Awareness, starred review"Going to the Antarctic is an adventure, big science is an adventure, having a child is an adventure--and all of these adventurers are shaded by the great and tragic adventure of our time, the plunge into an ever-warmer world. So, this is an adventure story for the ages!"--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature"Ranging from glaciers to what grows within, this journey to Antarctica is like none you've read before--delightful and devastating, profound and grounded, but most of all shimmering with life. The Quickening is a mesmerizing ode to the power of melting ice and the necessity of creation amid world-altering change. I cried and laughed from cover to cover." --Bathsheba Demuth, author of Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait"In The Quickening, Elizabeth Rush offers readers a symphony of voices from the people who stand at the forefront of climate investigations, woven with the singular lyrical story about a woman's embodied hope for the future. On a ship bound for the uncharted edge of the fragile Thwaites Glacier, experience an Antarctic voyage you've never heard before, about a warming world breaking apart, even as new life begins." --Meera Subramanian, author of A River Runs Again: India's Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka"[The Quickening is] a distinctive addition to the Antarctic canon. [. . .] Rush centers women's voices in her exploration of motherhood and the Earth, gliding between her personal reflections, descriptions of life aboard the ship and stories of what comes after. Simultaneously lyrical and analytical, The Quickening depicts Rush's search for meaning while rejecting easy answers."--BookPage, starred review