Bill McKibben has this to say about M Jackson's book, While Glaciers Slept:
“This is a profound way of thinking about where we are right now, and what we better do about it.”
−Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of Eaarth and The End of Nature
Click here to read the author interview featured on DailyGood posted on August 2, 2015.
Library Journal, Starred Review (link)
"Jackson, a National Geographic Expert and prominent scientist passionate about researching glacial systems, explores in this emotional memoir her experience of losing her parents, one after the other, to cancer. Literally and metaphorically, the author compares the hopelessness she felt in the aftermath of their deaths with the depression people sometimes encounter witnessing the destruction of the environment. While at times on the verge of giving up in the face of such personal upheaval, Jackson persevered in learning a new way of living, as humanity will have to do with the advent of climate change. She offers parallel glimpses of optimism, both for herself and for the future of the planet, sharing her journey of growth and discovery while at the same time highlighting imaginative, radical projects proposed by innovative thinkers designed to avert what most scientists believe to be inevitable: a changed earth."
VERDICT—Reminiscent of Bill McKibben's "Eaarth," this title will interest readers of environmental issues,
particularly climate change and a warming Arctic region, and fans of personal narratives.
—Venessa Hughes, Buffalo, NY Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
"While Glaciers Slept is being widely recognized within the climate change community—a book that interweaves the personal loss of life with the loss of an inhabitable planet and how awakening to the grieving process to demise can lead us to positive solutions to face the challenges ahead."
–Gary Null on his radio show, The Gary Null Show. Listen to the full interview here (starts midway through the program at 47.40)
“Her narrative brings climate change down from an abstract global scale to a very personal human scale.”
–Dr. Steve Running, Nobel Prize winner and America’s foremost expert on climate change
“The literary fabric of M Jackson’s While Glaciers Slept comprises two strands intricately and intimately braided together. One is her engagement in a family journey through accident and disease that inflict pain and ultimately death on her parents. The second strand is also one of inflicted pain, but at a planetary scale—the degradation of Earth itself by its human inhabitants. M moves almost effortlessly from loss of limb to loss of ice, from prosthetics to a planetary parasol. The intertwining of the two strands creates a powerful narrative of humanity, singly and in the multitudes.”
–Henry Pollack, author of A World Without Ice and a winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change
“If you’ve known hard grief and loss, you will understand this book. If you have hope or the wish for it, this book will shore you up.
While Glaciers Slept tells a story of devotion and survival as it examines the ongoing global crisis of climate change.”
–Phil Condon, author of Montana Surround, Clay Center, and Nine Ten Again
“As the poet Tony Hoagland has pointed out, most of us ‘…walk like zombies through our burning dying world…’ Not so M Jackson, who in While Glaciers Slept, moves through the world very much aware of both the little and individually important things, such as family, while simultaneously perceiving and understanding the catastrophe that is happening all around us. In While Glaciers Slept, she links the one to the other in a flawless and brilliant way. This is superb.”
–Carlos Martinez, author of The Cold Music of the Ocean and The Raw Silk of the Dark
"Jackson weaves an existential tapestry of doom and gloom that is equal parts magic IQ and elevated EQ and ends with a paean to hope and optimism. It's not an easy book. It will take you places you don't want to go. But later you will be glad you went."
—Dan Bloom, curator, ''The Cli-Fi Report'': Over 50 academic & media links: —http://cli-fi.net