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Last Bus Out Paperback – November 7, 2010
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About the Author
Beck McDowell is a high school teacher and New Orleans native who spent two years interviewing Courtney and others and retracing the bus route. She wrote LAST BUS OUT to honor those who, like Courtney, fought depression, fear, and anger to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina. She currently lives in Huntsville, Alabama.
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I remember well the roller coaster of emotions watching the news during and after Katrina...relieved at first that New Orleans had dodged a bullet, then shocked by the raw intensity of the flooding, and finally enraged by the seeming inability of governments to help. I never thought I'd be able to relate or truly understand how someone felt living through that.
I was wrong.
Beck McDowell reaches inside Courtney and projects through him to NOLA and the world, showing the depths of courage that many displayed during this disaster. There's no sugar-coating here: these are imperfect people in a flawed world, and their strength and perseverance are all the more remarkable for that. By the time I got in just a few chapters I was hooked! She does an outstanding job interweaving past, present, and hope for the future as she presents this remarkable young man, sharing his life, which is so completely intertwined with the life of a city, even from 3000 miles away.
This was my first kindle experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed the multitude of links provided to related stories, coverage, and commentary...you will need Flash (which I don't have on my Android phone yet, so some of the links didn't work for me).
This book has many facets, including how athletic passion -- basketball in this case -- provides needed structure and motivation to inner-city kids. In short, a grandmother's sage upbringing, a concerned basketball coach and close-knit team/family, and God-given character and athletic talent peak to get Courtney and over 300 people out of the disaster that was Katrina. I highly recommend this book.
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