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Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered

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The 2005 Hurricane Season was the most devastating in history. People from the Bahamas to Mexico to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida suffered a record fifteen hurricanes, four of which reached Category 5 strength.

Katrina was the costliest. Images from the Superdome and the rooftops of New Orleans are seared into the American consciousness.

But few realize the Mississippi Gulf Coast was where Katrina hit full force and where the destruction ...

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Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered

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Overview

The 2005 Hurricane Season was the most devastating in history. People from the Bahamas to Mexico to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida suffered a record fifteen hurricanes, four of which reached Category 5 strength.

Katrina was the costliest. Images from the Superdome and the rooftops of New Orleans are seared into the American consciousness.

But few realize the Mississippi Gulf Coast was where Katrina hit full force and where the destruction was worst. Entire towns were reduced to shoulder-high rubble by the winds and the unprecedented thirty-foot storm surge.

Bay St. Louis was the former home of CNN correspondent Kathleen Koch. From her initial Katrina assignment in Alabama, Koch headed west in the storm's aftermath. The closer she got to her community, the more personal the story became. She reported from the sites of once-beautiful homes-including her own-stripped to their concrete pads. Time and again, she heard residents' pleas to spread the word about the dire needs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Rising from Katrina is a story of the Kindness of strangers, of minor miracles-and, above all, of how despite bureaucratic snarls and insurance battles a region rolled up its sleeves and rebuilt. It is also the story of a veteran reporter who, struggling to maintain her objectivity amid loss, traveled her own personal path from devastation to recovery.

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Editorial Reviews

Brian Williams
"It’s a compelling story...The folks in Mississippi who have battled back from this storm deserve credit indeed, along with our continued attention."
Douglas Brinkley
"As a longtime Bay St. Louis citizen, one whose house along the Jordan River got washed away by The Beast, I read Kathleen Koch’s extraordinary Rising from Katrina with keen interest. A first-rate reporter, Koch got all the harrowing details exactly right: death-rattle winds, raging storm tide, flying metal debris, and the god-awful feeling of rank abandonment. An all-around excellent memoir of Mississippi—too often forgotten—during the deluge of 2005. Read it and weep."
Larry King
"A great new book..."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895873842
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,413,136
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Koch is an award-winning broadcast journalist and former CNN correspondent based in Washington, DC. Her two documentaries on Bay St. Louis s recovery received a New York Festivals Gold Medal. She also shared in the Peabody Award CNN won for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She lives in Clarksville, MD.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Anderson Cooper ix

Prologue Moving In 3

1 The Assignment 13

2 Getting Ready 19

3 The Storm 28

4 The Aftermath 42

5 Return to the Bay 82

6 Final Search 101

7 Bodies and Beds 112

8 Faith to Go On 130

9 Wake-up Call 155

10 Fall Rituals 167

11 Thanksgiving 181

12 Holidays 197

13 Disaster Tours 206

14 Mardi gras 221

15 Hurricane Season 237

16 One-year Anniversary 252

17 Fall 2006 265

18 winter of Discontent 275

19 Second Anniversary 288

20 Third Anniversary 305

21 Fourth Anniversary and Beyond 315

Author's Note 345

Acknowledgments 346

Index 347

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