Category: Books

Cover images from "A Field Guide to Cape Cod."

A Field Guide to Cape Cod

Including Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, and Eastern Long Island

A Field Guide to Long Island Sound

A lavishly illustrated guidebook to the rich natural history of Long Island Sound and its New York and Connecticut coastlines.

A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico

A uniquely comprehensive guide to more than 600 species of fauna & flora along the coasts of the southeastern United States.

Web Style Guide, 4th ed.

The fourth edition of the my best-selling Web Style Guide, co-authored with my colleague Sarah Horton.


Recent illustrations, diagrams, and maps created for my book projects. The wildlife illustrations were done in Adobe Photoshop. The maps and diagrams are primarily created in Adobe Illustrator.

Least Sandpiper head studies, Photoshop.
Photo of the beach and surf at Cape Canaveral National Seashore, Florida.

“Saving the world requires saving democracy. That requires well-informed citizens. Conservation, environment, poverty, community, education, family, health, economy—these combine to make one quest: liberty and justice for all. Whether one's special emphasis is global warming or child welfare, the cause is the same cause. And justice comes from the same place being human comes from: ...

Book cover: This Fine Piece of Water.

This Fine Piece of Water

Tom Anderson's book This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound is a well-written and enormously useful resource on the human and biology history of the Sound, as well as an examination of the many serious environmental threats facing Long Island Sound and its coastlines. One of the few book-length explorations ...

Book cover, "On Writing Well."

The best book I know on writing nonfiction

I was talking with a friend recently about writing and writing guides, and it reminded me that Zinsser's book On Writing Well isn't just a wonderful, straightforward guide to clear writing. Its core advice is a great philosophy on creating any kind of media: writing, video, illustration, whatever. Highly recommended.

Book cover: Salvaging the Real Florida.

Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and found in the State of Dreams

A really fine read. Twice even. As Papa said: "All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good, the bad, the ecstasy, the ...