Elizabeth Rush

A|U Monthly Muse - September 2019 (Remembering 9/11)

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SEPTEMBER 2019 - Remembering 9/11

9/11 was a horrific moment in American history. Unsurprisingly, the losses and repercussions of the day's terrorist attacks continue to shape the national consciousness, almost two decades later.

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New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff was part of a Pulitzer-Prize nominated Boston Globe team that provided much-needed information in that uncertain time – he wrote the lead news story on the day of the attacks and continued 9/11 coverage thereafter. Fall and Rise, The Story of 9/11, is Zuckoff’s 2019 book, an epic portrayal of a terrible day. With an unflinching eye and devotion to detail, he not only recounts the horrors of 9/11, he likewise captures what else became evident that day: even during disaster, the strength of the human spirit persists.

2021 will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. It will be a time to celebrate the lives of those we lost and those who came to the rescue. It will also be a time to explore the myriad ways the events of that day have re-shaped the American identity. What better way to approach this conversation than to invite Mitchel Zuckoff into your community? Book now for fall 2021 events.


If you are looking for more hard-hitting nonfiction that unabashedly tackles difficult subject matter, look no further than these authors. In their own unique way, each serves up hope and ideas for change alongside the challenges they document: Elizabeth Rush, Lynne Olson, Jennine Capó Crucet, Laurie Halse Anderson, PW Singer.

Elizabeth Rush's RISING Named a Finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize!


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Posted Apr 16, 2019

Elizabeth’s Rush’s Rising was named a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction along with In a Day’s Work by Bernice Yeung; Eliza Griswold’s Amity and Prosperity was named the prize winner this year.

Hailed as “deeply felt” (New York Times), “a revelation” (Pacific Standard), and “the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing” (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant—and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers 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 testimonials 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 these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.

Congrats Elizabeth!!