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 Books by William Sargent

Bill’s books are available at Jabberwocky Bookshop
at The Tannery Marketplace. 
We would prefer that you buy Bill’s books here at the Plum Island Outdoors, Inc. Bookstore.   However, if you must, please buy local at Jabberwocky.  Bill’s books are also available at The Book Rack and the Custom House Maritime Museum.  

    • “Islands in the Storm

      Redolent with wit, wisdom and common sense, Islands in the Storm tells the remarkable story of barrier beach island dwellers, before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. It presents the pungent reminder that at the present rate of sea level rise increase all of America’s 200 barrier beach communities will start disintegrating within the next few decades. This is a book you will not want to put down.


    • “Plum Island 4000 Years on a Barrier Beach

      On March 10, 2013, 6 houses were lost, 7 condemned and 24 were declared to be in imminent danger on Plum Island in northern Massachusetts. But it was only the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between man and nature on this fragile barrier beach.

      Plum Island takes readers to the core of the earth to see how Plum Island’s sands were first formed in the metamorphic force of the earth’s interior. It will then follow these minerals as they erode off the sides of New Hampshire’s Ice Age Mountains and then wash down the proto Merrimack River to form Plum Island.

      It will chronicle the lives of the Wooly Mammoth, Paleo-Indians, fishermen, farmers,  “sand miners”, and rum runners who made a good but hard living on this rugged island in the past and the homeowners, lawyers, and scientists who are locked in present battles about its future.

      In the end, Plum Island puts a human face on the larger story of how coastal communities must inevitably come to grips with the impact of Sea level rise on our ever-warming planet.


      • “Plum Island 2016

        Plum Island is a living laboratory to study the effects of storms, climate change and sea level rise. This book chronicles the events of 2016 when island residents started turning away from fighting the Atlantic Ocean and the Army Corps of Engineers to working with nature to slow erosion. It tells the engaging story of people lives being transformed by nature, science and our rapidly evolving environment.

        This is the third book in a series about the changing face of Plum Island that includes, “Islands in the Storm,” “Plum Island; 4,000 Years on a Barrier Beach,” and “Plum Island 2016.” The fourth book in the series is “Plum Island 2017: Resurrection.”

    • “Crab Wars: A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism, and Human Health

      Scientists, entrepreneurs, and environmentalists collide in a battle over the horseshoe crab and the lucrative biotech industry based on its blood.


  • Plum Island 2017: The Resurrection

For the past decade award winning science writer William Sargent has been exploring the effects of coastal erosion on Plum Island in northern Massachusetts. For most of that time, people have been making poor decisions based on faulty science. Things started to change in the wake a Hurricane Sandy when a group of Woods Hole scientists produced the first piece of solid science about the island. Armed with that understanding, residents started to work with nature to slow erosion. This book chronicles the resurrection of the island that started in 2017.


  • “Plum Island to Palm Beach, Our Shrinking Shoreline

In this book redolent with wit and wisdom, science writer William Sargent travels from Plum Island in Northern Massachusetts to the winter White House

on Palm Beach Florida, to explore our sinking shore. What he finds is a country that has not learned the lessons of Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The United States has no coherent coastal policy so our seaboard is a checkerboard of states that have compounded the problem by encouraging homeowners to rebuild on the exact same footprint as before besides other states that have relocated entire communities to higher ground.

The book tells this story of sea level rise through the eyes of the lawyers, scientists, homeowners, and even the President and other officials who are grappling with a problem that gets worse with every major storm.