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What Stands in a Storm
What Stands in a Storm: A True Story of Love and Resilience in the Worst Superstorm in History | Kim Cross
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Enter the eye of the storm in this gripping real-life thrillerA Perfect Storm on landthat chronicles Americas biggest tornado outbreak since the beginning of recorded weather: a horrific three-day superstorm with 358 separate tornadoes touching down in twenty-one states and destroying entire towns. April 27, 2011 was the climax of a three-day superstorm that unleashed terror from Arkansas to New York. Entire communities were flattened, whole neighborhoods erased. Tornadoes left scars across the land so wide they could be seen from space. But from terrible destruction emerged everyday heroesneighbors and strangers who rescued each other from hell on earth. Armchair storm chasers will find much to savor in this grippingly detailed, real-time chronicle of nature gone awry (Kirkus Reviews) set in Alabama, the heart of Dixie Alley where there are more tornado fatalities than anywhere else in the US. With powerful emotion and captivating detail, journalist Kim Cross expertly weaves together science and heartrending human stories. For some, its a story of survival; for others its the story of their last hours. Crosss immersive reporting and dramatic storytelling catapult you to the center of the very worst hit areas, where thousands of ordinary people witnessed the sky falling around them. Yet from the disaster rises a redemptive message thats just as real: in times of trouble, the things that tear our world apart reveal what holds us together.
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RanaElizabeth
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I'm only about 30 pages in but this is electrifying, a stormy ride of emotions, fear, and anxiety about tornadoes.

Tornadoes? Tornados? My autocorrect seems to think both are right.

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Oryx
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Wow, I really struggled to find a book in my collection that had #loveinthetitle ... Perhaps a throwback to when I used to only pick sweet valley high books without love in the title, so my mum wouldn't notice I'd started raiding the teenage section of the library... Anyway, this book's subtitle is "a true story of love and resilience in the worst superstorm in history" really fascinating mix of science and true story #17booklove @jess.how

howjessreads I struggled too! 3y
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Lissa00
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I was expecting a scientific, distant reporting type book about the 2011 Tuscaloosa tornados. I was not expecting an emotional roller-coaster of a book that has managed to somewhat restore my faith in humanity. Sad but also hopeful. Really needed a book like this right now.

shanebeth that was such a terrible, scary day. 3y
jessberk13 Tornados scare the bejeesus out of me! 3y
Hoopiefoot It sounds like I had he same experience reading it as you. What a well done book. 3y
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Lucylovesreading
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A tearjerker from the start, this book had me completely enthralled the whole time. As close as you can come to being in a tornado (and I have) this book places you in that space in that time in the peoples' perspective. A tornado is a complete and utter tragedy in any community but what this state went through that day is beyond words.

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ej0728
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A heartbreaking and fantastic read. When these tornados were happening I didn't know the truth of the devastation. Cross does an amazing job of getting into individual stories and humanizing the whole catastrophe. It's a truly compelling story of a horrific event.

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Christy2318
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"But the same forces that destroy the walls that protect us also bring down the walls that divide us. And when everything else is stripped away, what stands is a truth as old as time: The things that tear our world apart reveal what holds us together."

Margali_Claire Great quote! 3y
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