Unsettling: Surviving Extinction Together


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$26.99  $25.10
Broadleaf Books
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Elizabeth Weinberg is a queer essayist and science communicator. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington, and her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Toast, American Wild Magazine, SEVENSEAS magazine, and other publications. She lives and writes in the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Chinook Peoples (Portland, Oregon) with her spouse, Leslie, and their dog, Pigeon.


"Weinberg's fresh observations and lyrical descriptions of wildlife and various environments create vivid word pictures for readers, and her unique book deserves a wide audience." --Booklist, starred review

"Essayist Weinberg debuts with an impassioned... argument that the broad American conception of climate change has roots in colonialism and racism." --Publishers Weekly

"In her love letter to the environment, Elizabeth Weinberg threads through geography, plant, and animal existence to dislocate and relocate some of our colonizing mythologies in order to reconnect humans to the planet. Moving through a queer, feminist lens, readers can begin to radically rethink the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. A triumph of ecological imagination." --Lidia Yuknavitch, national bestselling author of The Book of Joan and The Chronology of Water

"From the gigantic glory of whale poop to the humbling majesty of Denali, Elizabeth Weinberg's Unsettling is a wonderfully scientific and passionately personal exploration of the intertwining human disasters of climate change and lack of social justice. Required reading for anyone thinking we are the dominant species." --Jon Scieszka, First US National Ambassador of Children's Literature, and author of the climate-activist graphic novel series AstroNuts

"Deeply researched and beautifully written, Unsettling deftly weaves memoir, history, and science to chronicle all we have lost: species, rivers, forests, Indigenous cultures and peoples, and our place in a living landscape. But in braiding Weinberg's own coming-out story with her profound connections to the world around her, Unsettling also presents a path away from an antagonistic relationship to the natural world and toward a fluid, equitable, and hopeful future." --Maya Sonenberg, author of Bad Mothers, Bad Daughters (winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize for Fiction)

"Facing the severe realities of climate change can be overwhelming. Liz Weinberg's dazzling book crafts a welcome entry ramp, inviting readers on a deeply researched, wonder-filled, big-hearted exploration. She weaves science, history, social justice, and personal growth into elegant nature writing with a conscience. Weinberg is a compelling tour guide, deepening our connection to the planet and one another." --Hannah Malvin, founder and director of Pride Outside

"'It's too late' are hopeless words that make us either fade back into the dissonance between humanity and the natural world or burn out in climate grief. Unsettling reminds us that beauty has not just existed but persists. Weinberg asks us what might happen if we meet each other's gaze, grieve what is lost, and resist the certain doom of 'It's too late, ' to be the heroes we each need in what still is and what will be." --Jenny Bruso, founder of Unlikely Hikers