Praise for At Home on an Unruly Planet


Praise for At Home on an Unruly Planet

Home may be the most pungent word in the language—and it’s no longer something any of us can take for granted, as a rapidly changing planet mocks our ideas of permanence and stability. As Madeline Ostrander makes clear in this marvelous book, resilience is a new watchword: we’re going to have to be light on our feet, even as we plant them in home ground!”
Bill McKibben, New York Times bestselling author of The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened

“Her book reminds us that home isn’t a place so much as a process: a radical act of continuous creation and renewal.”
Jessica Bruder, New York Times bestselling author of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

“What’s encouraging is the strength, cleverness, and resiliency of the people who fill these pages, coping with new situations that won’t be going away. Above all, this is a hopeful book, and an encouragement to act.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of The Ministry for the Future

“With deep, compassionate reporting and elegant prose …  she finds creativity, vital hope, and a sense of home that outlasts any address.”
Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

“In this beautiful, troubling, deeply compassionate book, Madeline Ostrander explores our home planet in this moment of climate-driven fire and flood, and asks one of the most important questions of our time.
Deborah Blum, Pulitzer-prize-winning author of The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz-Age New York

“As each new climate calamity obliterates, incinerates, or engulfs entire communities, we shudder to think our own could be next. Gently but purposefully, Ostrander guides us into places that have known this nightmare, not to shock but to show that the meaning of home is so powerful that people will make surprising, imaginative, even transcendent leaps to hold on to theirs. By her book’s end, you realize that maybe you could, too.”
Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us and Countdown

“Ostrander exposes readers to the serious impacts of climate change through the eyes of ordinary Americans … a must-read.”
Meg Lowman, author of The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us