Available September 8th:

Ocean Country: One Woman’s Journey from Peril to Hope in Her Quest to Save the Seas, with a foreword by Carl Safina, North Atlantic Books (2015)

Ocean Country is a heroine’s journey of near-death and discovery, of hopelessness and rebirth. Cunningham’s odyssey reveals how immersion into the problems that overwhelm us is a blessing of self-discovery. Where there is carelessness, we find our tenderness; where there is human suffering, we find our sense of compassion. Where there is damage and degradation, we find faith in ourselves and know that human beings can both resist and change all human ignorance.”
—Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest, director of Project Drawdown

Ocean Country is an adventure story, a call to action, and a poetic meditation on the state of the seas. But most importantly, it is the story of finding true hope in the midst of one of the greatest crises to face humankind.

“A beautifully-written memoir that shows us the ocean through Cunningham’s eyes, with grief for what is lost, awe for what remains, and glimpses of future redemption.”
—Roz Savage, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, author of Stop Drifting, Start Rowing

“This book comes as a great gift—an overwhelming reminder of the ocean planet on which we live, with its great wonders and the risks it faces.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

More information about Ocean Country is available on the Press page


Cunningham’s earnest narration of travels to remote seas around the world is a compelling read. Citing examples of sustainable fisheries and marine-protected areas around the word, the book ends on the hopeful note that we may have stopped hitting the snooze button when it comes to taking action against climate change.

With genuine emotion and great pragmatism, Cunningham makes passionate pleas for the continued health of the planet.
Publishers Weekly  Read more . . .

A moving testament to the human spirit.
Kirkus Reviews  Read more . . .

Twenty-one percent of royalties are being donated to the New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund. That percentage was chosen because it’s the percentage of oxygen in each breath we take. Over half of that oxygen comes from plants and algae in the ocean. Every other breath is thanks to them.

Ocean Country is the story of how I learned . . .

that the entire planet is “ocean country” – a vast archipelago of continents and islands – because the life of the seas is so crucial to each and every form of life on earth.

It’s how I came to understand that the life of the seas was in peril and how that placed all life as we know it in peril.

But what I also learned was how possible it is to change the course of our collective lives,

if we have the audacity and the courage to face that perilous truth and work together.

Ocean Country is the story of these discoveries.

“Liz Cunningham, in the rich tapestry of her book, documents better that any scientific treatise could, what we stand to lose if we continue to let the oceans go.”
—Daniel Pauly, author of Five Easy Pieces: The Impact of Fisheries on Marine Ecosystems

“A must read for those who want to preserve the beauty and diversity of our world both on sea and on land.”
—Arlene Blum, author of Annapurna: A Woman’s Place and Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life




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