Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Three years after Katrina

As we approach the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are cleaning up after the flooding of Fay and worrying about approach of Gustav. Have we learned the lesson of Hurricane preparedness?

The library has many books about Hurricanes in general and Katrina in particular. A few interesting titles include (click on the title for more information)

Teaching the levees a curriculum for democratic dialogue and civil engagement [includes DVD When the levees broke by Spike Lee] Four acts document distinct perspectives on the pivotal events that preceded and followed Katrina's passage through New Orleans, a catastrophe during which the divide between race and class has never been more pronounced.

Katrina : Mississippi women remember. "Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember provides uncommonly personal insights into life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. On August 29, 2005, the huge storm pummeled Mississippi with fierce winds, a center more than seventy miles wide, and a tidal surge in excess of twenty feet." "Members of the Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts tell their stories of those awful days. Despite desperate circumstances and with great generosity of spirit, these witnesses to one of the greatest natural disasters in North American history join with friends and neighbors to record their experiences in a broad diversity of voices, almost fifty women in all." "A Vicksburg resident and noted photographer, Melody Golding came to the coast as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Her photographic journal of those days accompanies this text. Ellen Gilchrist, whose residence in Ocean Springs suffered damage, provides an essay; and Mary Anderson Pickard, whose home Katrina destroyed, writes a moving coda. Royalties from book sales will aid Mississippi State Committee artist members."--BOOK JACKET.

Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. Examines the devastation of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina : the storm that changed America. "In these pages the editors of TIME tell the full story of Hurricane Katrina through remarkable pictures, moving words and incisive analysis. Among the book's highlights are exclusive portfolios by TIME photographers; an extensive timeline of the nine critical days when New Orleans descended into chaos; and informative graphics that illuminate the science of the story. Moving and memorable, thorough and revealing, this volume will be the permanent record of Hurricane Katrina, the storm that changed America."--BOOK JACKET.

There are a great many more titles listed in the catalog, including fiction by some of my favorite writers including James Lee Burke and Tony Dunbar. Katrina has affected not only our region but all of America.

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