Swamplands | Island Press
Tundra Beavers, Quaking Bogs, and the Improbable World of Peat

In a world filled with breathtaking beauty, we have often overlooked the elusive charm and magic of certain landscapes. A cloudy river flows into a verdant Arctic wetland where sandhill cranes and muskoxen dwell. Further south, cypress branches...

312 pages
6 x 9
8 photos, 7 illustrations

Thicker Than Water | Island Press
The Quest for Solutions to the Plastic Crisis

Much of what you’ve heard about plastic pollution may be wrong. Instead of a great island of trash, the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch is made up of manmade debris spread over hundreds of miles of sea—more like a soup than a...

272 pages
6 x 9
20 illustrations

Bet the Farm by Beth Hoffman | An Island Press book
The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America

Beth Hoffman was living the good life: she had a successful career as a journalist and professor, a comfortable home in San Francisco, and plenty of close friends and family. Yet in her late 40s, she and her husband decided to leave the big city...

272 pages
5 x 8
5 figures

Tech to Table | Island Press
25 Innovators Reimagining Food

Imagine eating a burger grown in a laboratory, a strawberry picked by a robot, or a pastry created with a 3-D printer. You would never taste the difference, but these technologies might just save your health and the planet’s. Today,...

224 pages
6 x 9
25 photos

A Good Drink | Island Press
In Pursuit of Sustainable Spirits

“Insightful tour de force… Farrell’s writing is as informative as it is intoxicating”  -- Publishers Weekly

Shanna Farrell loves a good drink. As a bartender, she not only poured spirits, but...

200 pages
6 x 9

Trains, Buses, People, Second Edition | Island Press
An Opinionated Atlas of US and Canadian Transit

“Gets right to the point: put [transit] where the people are...The author combines detailed knowledge and a refreshing frankness...Keep this book within easy reach.”  -Planning In some US and Canadian cities, transit...

344 pages
8.25 x 10.75
340 color photos, 500 color illustrations

Essential Lessons for Collective Action

In the 1970s, the accepted environmental thinking was that overpopulation was destroying the earth. Prominent economists and environmentalists agreed that the only way to stem the tide was to impose restrictions on how we used resources, such as...

256 pages
6 x 9
30 photos

The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives

In 2019, mobility experts Melissa and Chris Bruntlett began a new adventure in Delft in the Netherlands. They had packed up their family in Vancouver, BC, and moved to Delft to experience the biking city as residents rather than as visitors. A...

240 pages
6 x 9
50 photos, 5 figures

How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing

Too many U.S. cities and towns have been focused on a model of economic development that relies on recruiting one big company (such as Amazon), a single industry (usually in technology), or pursuing other narrow or short-term fixes that are...

192 pages
6 x 9
12 figures