Wednesday, August 12, 2015

National press reviewing Katrina book at anniversary

Our desk is stacked high with new Katrina books, due to the approaching 10th anniversary of the hurricane hitting New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Add them to the library of the past 10 years and it's quite a bookshelf.
We will be reviewing some of them throughout August — we look at Ellen Urbani’s “Landfall” this Sunday, Aug. 16, for instance — but here are a few in the news you might want to check out.
            The New York Times reviews Gary Rivlin's "Katrina After the Flood" and says this about the book: "What was lost won’t be entirely recovered. What will ultimately take its place remains largely unknown. Rivlin’s valuable book is among the first to relate, in clear and scrupulous detail, the decisions that have brought us this far, and to identify those who made them.
            Two new books have been reviewed in the L.A. Times, stories aimed to introduce older kids and adolescents to Katrina, “transforming shared tragedy through shared hope.” They are Tamara Ellis Smith's "Another Kind of Hurricane" (Schwartz & Wade Books, ages 9-12) and Don Brown’s "Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ages 12-up). (We will be looking at Brown's book at the end of the month in this column.) 
            The children’s board book "Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans" by Phil Bildner and John Parra was reviewed by the Times-Picayune (and will be reviewed by us at the end of this month).
            The Advocate of Baton Rouge reviewed “For Better, For Worse: Patient in the Maelstrom” by Carolyn Perry (Sunbury Press, 2011), an account of when the author’s husband, Bob, a cancer patient, was admitted in 2005 to what was then Memorial Medical Center in Uptown New Orleans and experienced the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “There is pain here, but it is beautifully balanced with humor and love. We as readers need that respite from the intensity of the horror story that was Katrina. And we imagine the author does, too.”