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Superstorm Sandy: A Diary in the Dark [Kindle Edition]

William Westhoven
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WRITTEN AS A FUND-RAISING VEHICLE, THE AUTHOR PLEDGES TO DONATE ALL PAID ROYALTIES FROM THIS BOOK TO THE NONPROFIT HURRICANE SANDY NEW JERSEY RELIEF FUND. Written and published within a month of the worst storm to ever hit the New Jersey-New York area, "Superstorm Sandy: A Diary in the Dark" is a first-person account of one New Jersey's resident's 12 days without power or heat in his North Jersey home. The author, William Westhoven, an award-winning New Jersey journalist and author, mixes personal drama and observations with fact-based reporting and a liberal dose of "you have to laugh or you'll cry" humor. His quick work has resulted in the first book to document the arrival of Superstorm Sandy and the immediate recovery period that followed.

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About the Author

A former mobile disc jockey, voiceover artist and Crazy Eddie store manager, William Westhoven was a full-time journalist from 1989 to 2011, when he fell victim to newspaper industry-wide layoffs. Since then, he has branched out to fiction, writing and publishing two complete novels. “One-Hit Willie,” a historical novel that covers 50 years of music in America, was released in December of 2011. “The Puddingstone Well,” a contemporary mystery-fantasy, was released on Oct. 26, three days before Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. Westhoven began writing “Superstorm Sandy: A Diary in the Dark” three days after getting power back to his home on November 9, 2012. He spent the 12 days before that in his home without power or heat. Written and released within a month of Sandy’s departure, “Superstorm Sandy: A Diary in the Dark” is the first published book to document the devastating storm and its initial recovery period. The author pledges to donate all paid royalties from the sale of this book to the nonprofit Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. During his newspaper career, Westhoven earned several national and state awards for writing, editing and page design. His theater column, Morris Stage, ran for nine years in the Daily Record and, as a performing-arts critic, he earned seven first-place awards for Critical Writing from the New Jersey Press Association. Westhoven’s first book, “Eric Clapton: Career of a Rock Legend,” was published in 1996. In between his book projects, he continues to work as a freelance journalist, with recent work appearing in several newspapers and Patch sites, the Huffington Post and Guitar World Online. For more information, visit

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fellow Survivor January 3, 2013
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I was so happy to read his interpretation of events before, during, and after Sandy. There is something to be said for being 'okay' in the 'new normal' after Sandy. For some of us who were just left in the dark, whose six 100 year-old oaks chose to spare their owner's home and the neighbors' can relate their survival in the dark, dark days following Sandy. While my home survived; I almost didn't survive my house guests or relatives with power complaining of no milk, bread, or gasoline. Read, laugh, relate, recover; it's going to be a process, but William put it in to perspective for so many of us. The royalties are going to a good cause. Not from a state that survived a natural disaster? Read, learn, and prepare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read December 20, 2012
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This was a great, first person account of the impact of the storm -- a very different perspective than the media coverage, which focused on the coastal devastation from the wind and water. The "Diary" spoke to the surprising impact on those further from the point of landfall who endured days and weeks without power and limited local resources.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lifein the day January 11, 2013
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I bought this bnook because it was written by a former classmate. Having moved away from the area it was like revisitng my old stomping grounds. This is written well and with a sense of humor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new in the book April 9, 2013
By Gail316
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It was OK, but we all experienced about the same in living without power and the gas lines. A few funny parts, but I am sure we all had to laugh at a few things that happen to us too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Putting Sandy in perspective January 31, 2013
By Rona
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I only live a few miles from the author and it was interesting to read another person's view on the whole situation. I found myself agreeing with a lot of his assessments and feelings about what was going on during that time. I think what he described was the norm for many families in the area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What we take for granted in our pampered lives January 12, 2013
By Bjmdmd
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I too grew up in North Jersey in close approximation of this story. This was an interesting tale of what happens when the things that we take for granted, like light and heat, are no long working. We get a lot of lightning he in Colorado and periodically the power is interrupted. I have found that it is profoundly annoying and inconvenient to be without power for even a couple of hours, much less 12 days! Thank you to Mr. Westhoven for the glimpse into his life and trauma of his post Sandy experience.
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