Watch the Book Trailer for Ocean Country

Posted by – September 09, 2015
Categories: Ecology & Sustainability




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, the rapidly degrading state of our environment.

After a near-drowning accident in which she was temporarily paralyzed, Liz Cunningham crisscrosses the globe in an effort to understand the threats to our dazzling but endangered oceans. This intimate account charts her thrilling journey through unexpected encounters with conservationists, fishermen, sea nomads, and scientists in the Mediterranean, Sulawesi, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Papua, New Guinea.

Twenty-one percent of the royalties from Ocean Country will be donated to conservation organizations. This amount was chosen to highlight the fact that the percentage of oxygen in each breath we take is twenty-one percent and more than one half of that oxygen comes from marine plants and algae in the ocean.



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 and director of Project Drawdown

“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 McKibbin, author of Eaarth and Oil and Honey

“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 SavageNational Geographic Adventurer of the Year, author of Rowing the Atlantic and Stop Drifting, Start Rowing

Ocean Country is now available wherever books are sold.

Tags: Biography & Memoir Liz Cunningham Nature Writing Oceans & Oceanography Sustainability & Conservation Video
About the Author

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2007, Julia was delighted to find out that “professional book recommender” was a job. She has been working in marketing and publicity with independent Bay Area publishers ever since. She joined North Atlantic Books in 2014. She lives with her husband and two very nice cats in Oakland.