While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change

While Glaciers Slept weaves together the parallel stories of what happens when the climates of family and planet change. Jackson, a National Geographic Expert, reveals how these events are deeply similar and intertwined. She tells the story of her parents’ struggles with cancer while describing in detail the planetary changes she’s witnessed. Above all else, Jackson shows that even in the darkest of times there is clear reason for hope and light.

Readers are drawn into a world where complex climatic themes and glacial processes are broken down for a general audience. Jackson dances us over solar, wind, and geothermal mysteries, bringing us along on expeditions. Climate change, she convinces us, is not just about science—it is also about the audacity of human courage and imagination. While Glaciers Slept shows us that the story of one family can be the story of one planet, and that climate change has a human face.


“M Jackson does an intriguing job of weaving together observations about human health and frailty with global biospheric health and frailty. Her narrative brings climate change down from an abstract global scale to a very personal human scale. Particularly engaging for the non-scientist reader.”
—Dr. Steve Running, Nobel Prize winner and American’s foremost expert on climate change

“Climate change is many things, including an upheaval–sudden and violent–in the life of our planet. As such, it unleashes feelings and forces like those in a family when someone dies. 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

“For geographer and author M Jackson, knowing climate science isn’t enough. We need to get our hearts involved too.” —Christopher Zumski Finke, Link to article in Yes! Magazine

 “While Glaciers Slept is notable non-fiction, especially when it either covers eco-fiction history or when it is written so creatively that it tells an engaging story. It is bold and sheer while also being soft and silent.”—Eco-fiction.com feature (Link)

Women Working in Nature and the Arts—Read the full interview with M Jackson and Eco-Fiction founder and editor, Mary Woodbury here.

Starred Review, Library Journal, June 2015 (Link)
“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

Starred Review, Shelf Awareness, August, 2015 (Link)
“Jackson poetically conflates her loss with the slow and still mysterious effects of anthropogenic climate change. Her scientific background and explorations of fascinating places–Denali and Chena Hot Springs in Alaska, Zambia with the Peace Corps–inform her writing and yield striking images, as she runs on spongy Alaskan tundra or contemplates cryoconite holes atop glaciers. But it is the personal side of her narrative that allows Jackson to address society’s psychological difficulties with climate change. “
—Julia Jenkins, Shelf Awareness, librarian and blogger at pagesofjulia

While Glaciers Slept featured on Book Trib:
“Part personal account and part scientific exploration, While Glaciers Sleptweaves together the story of Jackson’s own family crisis and the consequences of our declining climate. She recounts the story of her parents’ struggle with cancer and how we come to terms with a climate that is more unpredictable than ever. She also dives into the science of what we’re facing, while also refusing to give up hope about possible solutions. If the first two book on this list left you reeling, then While Glaciers Slept will both move you and you leave you with the sense that maybe not all is lost (or at least not yet).”

“M Jackson’s While Glaciers Slept, an example of the growing genre of climate change memoirs . . . positions itself firmly on these psychological frontlines. That is, the book embraces the entanglements of the personal and the planetary that truly do define what it means to be human in a time of climate change. Unlike many other nonfiction works about this subject, While Glaciers Slept is neither polemical nor didactic . . . the book looks equally outward and inward, blending autobiography with dazzling and scientifically rich descriptions of the world’s fast-disappearing icy landscapes. The book is part nature writing, part travel narrative, and part memoir.. . .Through Jackson’s lyrical prose, readers encounter the beauty of both human relationships and glacial landscapes, which, Jackson reminds us in one of the book’s most eloquent passages, are made up of “millions and millions of little snowflakes, reaching out to one another, grasping hands.”
—Stephen Siperstein, The Goose: The Journal for the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada

About the Author
Author MJacksonM JACKSON is a two-time U.S. Fulbright Fellow, a National Geographic Arctic Expert, and an adventurer and environmental educator pursuing a doctorate in geography and Earth science at the University of Oregon, where she is researching glaciers and climate change in the Arctic. Jackson is the author of While Glaciers Slept, a book about understanding climatic changes through humanistic lenses. Jackson is currently living in Hofn, Iceland, where she’s researching glaciers and society through a U.S. Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grant. Visit the author’s website: https://mjacksonauthor.squarespace.com


While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change
Nonfiction/Earth Science & Memoir
Hardcover with dust jacket  |  236 pages  |  5.5 x 8.5
$24.95 for print and $14.99 for e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9960872-6-1
Pub Date: August 21, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9909733-3-1 |  $14.99
6 x 9  |  232 pages  |  $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-9968973-3-4
Pub Date: October 21, 2019

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