“Beautiful and totally original.”

Elizabeth Kolbert

“[An] aesthetically charged and deeply researched account… A wild rainstorm of a book.”


“Lauren Redniss’s Thunder & Lightning is such a strange and wonderful thing, the work of a first-class mind that refuses to submit to any categories or precedent. It’s the way you wish science would always be taught — with a mix of stories and facts, legend and hard science.”

Dave Eggers


Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“A gorgeous and illuminating illustrated study of weather.”

O, The Oprah Magazine  

“Lauren Redniss is unique, one of the most creative science writers of our time — her combination of beautiful artwork, reporting, and poetic prose brings science to life in ways that words alone simply cannot. Thunder & Lighting is a fascinating meditation on how climate affects the earth’s landscape and the lives inhabiting it. But also how the landscape of a book — the layout of its text, the images on its pages — impacts the telling of a story. This is an important book about a topic that couldn’t be more important to us all.”

Rebecca Skloot

“In Thunder & Lightning, Lauren Redniss combines her own dual punch of expressive art and impressive erudition to give an entirely new take on all that happens above our heads.  An illuminated book that is also an illuminating one.”

Adam Gopnik