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Literature of Natural Disasters: Fiction. Narrative and History

    After the Quake: Stories

    After the Quake: Stories - Haruki Murakami

    A collection of stories inspired by the January 1995 Kobe earthquake and the poison gas subway attacks two months later takes place between the two disasters and follows the experiences of people who found their normal lives undone by surreal events.
    Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens

    Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens - Steve Olson

    Combining history and science, describes the 1980 eruption of Washington's Mount St. Helens, one of the largest in human history, which killed fifty-seven people and deposited ash in eleven U.S. states and five Canadian provinces.
    Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami

    Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami - Gretel Ehrlich

    The acclaimed natural-world observer and author of The Solace of Open Spaces presents a poignant and inspirational portrait of Japan after the 2011 tsunami, blending reportage and poetic reflections to profiles of everyday citizens who survived the disaster and continue rebuilding efforts.
    Fire in the Heart: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Wildfire

    Fire in the Heart: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Wildfire - Mary Emerick

    A wildland firefighter describes how she became a stronger, braver person by battling for survival and making tough choices in her life-threatening line of work that has taken her from the swamps of Florida to the interior of Alaska.
    Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital - Sheri Fink

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning doctor, reporter and author of War Hospital reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its generators to reveal how caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions without essential resources, an experience that raised key issues about practitioner responsibilities and end-of-life care.
    Haiti: After the Earthquake

    Haiti: After the Earthquake - Paul Farmer

    Offers a vivid on-the-ground account of the relief effort in the aftermath of the January, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and explores the social issues that made the country vulnerable in the face of a natural disaster.
    Katrina: After the Flood

    Katrina: After the Flood - Gary Rivlin

    An investigative journalist revisits Hurricane Katrina's immediate damage, the city of New Orleans' efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm's lasting effects on the psychic, racial, and social fabric of the city.
    Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans

    Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans - Dan Baum

    The fascinating world and rich culture of New Orleans come alive through the lives of nine colorful characters spanning forty years and bracketed by two devastating hurricanes, interweaving the stories of their individual lives with the history of the Big Easy and the disasters that threaten its existence.
    Salvage the Bones

    Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

    Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.
    The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet

    The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet - Henry Fountain

    A narrative account of North America's largest recorded earthquake describes how it devastated coastal towns and villages in Alaska in 1964, killing dozens of people and inspiring the work of geologist George Plafker, whose findings helped confirm the theory of plate tectonics.
    The Tilted World

    The Tilted World - Tom Franklin

    In 1927, as the Mississippi river threatens to burst its banks and engulf all in its path, two federal revenue agents investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents on the trail of a local bootlegger and make a discovery that pits them against a saboteur, forcing them to make desperate choices.
    Things That Happened Before the Earthquake

    Things That Happened Before the Earthquake - Chiara Barzini

    Transplanted from Rome to the San Fernando Valley by her hippie filmmaker parents, Eugenia struggles to navigate a new high school and makes two friends who introduce her to the counterculture scene before the 1994 earthquake puts their futures at risk.
    Wave

    Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala

    A memoir of the author's experiences as a survivor of the 2004 tsunami that killed her parents, husband, and two young sons recounts her struggles with profound grief and survivor's guilt and her gradual steps toward healing.
    What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South's Tornado Alley

    What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South's Tornado Alley - Kim Cross

    Weaving together heart-wrenching stories with immersive reporting and dramatic storytelling, a gripping account of a weather event in April 2011 that saw a record 358 tornadoes rip through 21 states in three days shows how things that tear our world apart also reveal what holds us together.
    Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey

    Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey - Marie Mutsuki Mockett

    A woman describes her journey visiting Zen priests and performing rituals after the death of both her Japanese grandfather and her American father and her inability to bury them at her family's Buddhist temple in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
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