"It's a compelling story...The folks in Mississippi who have battled back from this storm deserve credit indeed, along with our continued attention." -Brian Williams, Anchor, "NBC Nightly News"
"Award-winning broadcast journalist Kathleen Koch presents Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered, a testimony of the devastation that the notorious 2005 hurricane wreaked upon the Mississippi Gulf Coast. [Koch's] own home, as well as many others and entire communities were literally leveled in the wake of Katrina's destruction. Yet Rising from Katrina is about more than the fury of the storm; it is about the struggle to rebuild, to make sense of disaster and tragedy, and the heartwarming random acts of kindness that human beings are capable of even in the most dire circumstances. A handful of black-and-white photographs illustrates this inspirational, compelling and powerful blend of judicious reporting and heartfelt sympathy." -Midwest Book Review
"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." -Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and author of The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
"We lost our North Beach Boulevard home three stories and ten thousand square feet, now a brick slab and all our life treasures to the natural forces of Katrina. Kathleen Koch's book tells the continuing story of Katrina's effect on the lives of so many. It will be a favorite among those documenting Katrina's unprecedented destruction. Thank you, Kathleen! It really hit home." -Clarinetist Pete Fountain and his wife, Bev, who found Katrina no great respecter of jazz legends
"Kathleen Koch's efforts in the national media ensured the Mississippi Gulf Coast was not forgotten. Time and time again, she reiterated the message that Katrina came ashore where we both grew up in Hancock County, Mississippi. We will always be thankful to all the volunteers that gave of their time and resources to help. The random acts of kindness you will hear about in the book can't help but renew your faith and humble you at the same time. Kathleen captures the challenges, victories, and can-do attitude the people of the Mississippi coast exhibited after this horrible disaster. It is a great read!" --Brett Favre, NFL great and Mississippi Gulf Coast native