Join Earth Day Network in Honoring Rachel Carson’s Legacy
May 21, 2014
Award-winning author Rachel Carson (1907–1964) was one of the greatest American natural history writers of the 20th century. In addition to the environmental classic Silent Spring, her books include Under the Sea Wind, The Edge of the Sea, and The Sea Around Us, which has sold more than one million copies, been translated into 28 languages, and won the National Book Award and John Burroughs Award.
Open Road Integrated Media and Earth Day Network are pleased to announce a partnership in celebration of Rachel Carson’s birthday, to honor her legacy of environmental conservation, and to mark 50 years since her death in 1964. For every Open Road Media Rachel Carson ebook sold between May 20 and May 27, Open Road will donate $1 to Earth Day Network. Purchases can be made at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, the Kobo ebookstore, Google Play Books, and the Apple iBookstore.
With more than one million copies sold, Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us became a cultural phenomenon when first published in 1951 and cemented Carson’s status as the preeminent natural history writer of her time. Her inspiring, intimate writing plumbs the depths of an enigmatic world—a place of hidden lands, islands newly risen from the earth’s crust, fish that pour through the water, and the unyielding, epic battle for survival. Based in groundbreaking scientific discoveries of the time, The Sea Around Us masterfully presents Carson’s commitment to a healthy planet and a fully realized sense of wonder.
In The Sense of Wonder, Rachel Carson shares her prescription for developing a lifelong respect for nature in this deeply personal essay, lavishly expanded and paced by Nick Kelsh’s vibrant photography. Using her personal adventures with her young nephew Roger as examples, Carson urges parents to let their children’s natural excitement thrive as together they discover the wonders that lie outdoors, from the scuttling of a crab across the cool night sand to a spongy carpet of lichen in a forest.
The Sense of Wonder showcases Carson’s core belief that a childlike excitement for beauty, for the new and unknown, and for the process of discovery is a gift to be nurtured—a gift that will sustain humanity and the health of the planet on which it depends.
Rachel Carson’s Rachel Carson’s early masterwork, Under the Sea Wind, brings to life the elegiac, subtle beauty of birds and the sea, telling the story of the sea creatures and birds that dwell in and around the waters along North America’s eastern coast—and the delicately balanced ecosystem that sustains them. Following the life cycles of a pair of sanderlings, a mackerel, and an eel, Carson gracefully weaves scientific observation with imaginative prose to educate and inspire, creating one of the finest wildlife narratives in American literature.
All three ebooks feature an illustrated biography of Rachel Carson including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.