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In his career, award-winning journalist Crocker Snow has earned an NPR radio prize and two Pulitzer Prize nominations.  He was founding editor of The World Paper and director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.  He has published three books: Muskeget: Raw, Restless, Relentless Island in 2015 (soon to be updated with new charts and photos), and The Mouse that Owns an Island in 2016, addressing sea rise effects on this small island off Nantucket. His latest book Nantaska: The Minnow and the Whale, published in 2018 with Inupiak photographer Brian Adams, captures surprising parallels in the life and times of Nantucket and Alaska today, two places that the author knows well.


"The Curious Parallel Lives of Nantucket and Alaska" -- Written with Alaskan Inupiak photographer Brian Adams, captures surprising parallels in the lifestyles, community, commerce and culture of Nantucket and Alaska today, two seemingly distinct places, yet each well-known to the author through family, friends, travel and his own lifelong relationships to each of these very diverse geographical locations.


"Tiny Vole - Tiny Island - Rising Seas" --- Quirky, humorous illustrations punctuate critical climate-change effects on Nantucket's Muskeget Island, noting sea-rise fluctuations and other indicators as the "inconvenient truth," seen through the sharp eyes and knowledgeable mind of a small, near-extinct island mouse, the "Muskeget Vole," who narrates thoughout the story. A book for all ages, the drawings use flair and fun to capture our imaginations, yet to seriously educate us about how Muskeget reflects the larger global threat of changing climate, moving oceans, eroding coastlines and the menacing impact of altered climate on natural habitat.


This new, updated and freshly-revised edition of the original MUSKEGET leads us once again into that pristine, raw and restless Nantucket island populated by an amalgam of different species, shore birds and mammals, where overpopulated gray seals fight for island dominance, their relentless presence not only damaging rare flora and fauna, but also attracting the ever-dangerous and much-hyped threat of killer sharks surrounding Cape and island waters, imperiling both themselves and humans.

It is a different journey into Muskeget this time. This new edition highlights the island's stark future, as relentless climate forces aggravate its declining natural beauty. The rugged pounding of insistent winds, tides and currents, compounded by sea rise, are regularly and roughly repurposing the island’s topography -- and it is just a matter of time before the island loses its unique identity forever. Currently, new challenges lurk, not only in climate-erosion along the coast, but in the aggressively-changing and restless world of nature itself, and, as the island succumbs to its own disquieting natural forces, we see it gasping for its own identity in the face of diminishing grace.

A new final chapter, “Back to the Future,” features brief essays by six notable island visitors: Nantucket naturalist Peter Brace, oceanographer Dick Limeburner, seal biologist Kimberly Murray, cartographer Dana Gaines, island scalloper Carl Sjoluna and the author -- illuminating their views on predicting how the tiny island's dynamic change may be altered over the next thirty years, or by 2050, in its daily battle against nature's forces. Fresh insights and updates, added to each chapter from the original book, offer perception into new photographs, maps, charts and artwork gleaned from scientists, current research sources, local conservation and land overseers -- as well as vibrant illustrations and photographs from the author's personal and family collection, all illustrating the author's keen observations and remark“It’s an unsullied, untamed and very fragile, magical land,” says Snow. “I felt compelled to record its race against time."

The author, Crocker Snow Jr., Muskeget Island property owner & steward, knows the island more intimately than anyone else alive!