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Rising from Katrina by [Koch, Kathleen]
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"A great new book..." -Larry King, Host, CNN's "Larry King Live"

"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

About 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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  • File Size: 3227 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John F. Blair, Publisher; 1 edition (July 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VYBSJ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kathleen Koch has written a book that recounts the aftermath of Katrina from the perspective of an objective, seasoned reporter, as well as the very personal and emotional side of this disaster as experienced by someone who loves the area. By sharing the stories of some of the families living in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, the book paints a vivid portrait of how life was changed dramatically for everyone who survived Katrina - and how they came together to rebuild their beloved city and their lives. The fact that the author grew up in this idyllic setting and has ties with many of the families makes this an even more compelling read. While reading this book, I found my emotions ran the gamut - suspense wondering who survives and how; anger at the incompetence of the government bureaucrats; sadness over the loss of so many lives; and finally amazement at the strength and optimism of so many of the townspeople. I thought that I knew a lot about Katrina, until I read this book - it gave me new insight and compassion for the people in the Gulf Coast who are still rebuilding their towns and lives in the aftermath of this horrible disaster.
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Rising from Katrina is a tremendous book. Reading it, I ran a gamut of emotions. Kathleen's account of the hurricane and the re-building of lives was truly the first time that the people of the Gulf and especially Bay St. Louis became real. Watching the TV coverage allowed me to distance myself, but while reading Rising from Katrina, I felt as though I was there and now understand what these people have endured. Reading on, I was able to see how the hard work and determination of the people in this region paid off. The book really brings it home. Because Kathleen grew up in Bay St. Louis, I can feel her love and compassion for her friends, old neighbors, and the people of Bay St. Louis. This is a book I will give to my friends and family with the hope everyone will take something from it as I did.
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Rising from Katrina is a beautiful tribute to the very wonderful people of Mississippi and the horrendous ordeal they have been dealt. It is a story of hope and love, and a story of strength and faith. It is very well done and beautifully written. If you care about what has happened along the Gulf Coast and fear forgetting, buy this book. Kathleen Koch is a superb writer and she brings us into the world of the characters who are Mississippi, and I mean that in a very positive way. Thank you Ms Koch for giving your time and energy to help your hometown and for sharing this incredibly personal and powerful book with us.
A fan of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and all of her residents,
Kate
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Rising from Katrina is a powerful narrative. First you are in the storm experiencing the terror, helplessness, and roar of the wind and water. The aftermath brings out humor, courage, and compelling humanity.
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Rising From Katrina is written with the same frank and matter of fact straight forwardness that made Kathleen Koch such a trusted journalist. In this assignment she is speaking from the heart as well as her journalistic center. It is a good combination to tell this story the way it was meant to be told. She observes the scene of aftermath with the questioning eye for detail of a journalist but also as a native of the town. She writes as a professional observer looking for answers and as a devoted native of the demolished town looking for answers. This book is a stark reminder that Katrina was not just about New Orleans. The storm itself did more damage to the Missisippi Gulf Coast and the residents who survived the storm than any other region in it's path. How do you begin to pick up the pieces after your home town is virtually wiped from the map? Rising from Katrina answers that question.
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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. Katrina'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.
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As one who once lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I am happy that a fellow Mississippian who has risen to national prominence would be moved to tell the forgotten/ignored story of "the Coast's" devastation of Katrina and the determination to rebuild of her former home. Like Camille in '69 before her, Katrina absolutely devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Through the compassion and hard work of the victims and their neighbors, as well as kind, caring people all over the world, the Coast has rebuilt. Kathleen does a wonderful job of telling the facts of a tragedy that was overshadowed by the devastating flood that hit our neighbors in New Orleans. She effectively uses the personal stories of many friends and former neighbors to tell of the human loss and the indomitable spirit through which they rebounded and rebuilt. The humanity of her story through both the subjective and objective view makes it powerful and compelling.

To understand the frustration that many Mississippians feel over our having been overlooked in the aftermath of Katrina, one can consider the reporting of the story of another hurricane 7 years later. As Isaac recently approached the U.S. mainland, forecasters from the major weather network consistently referred an area potentially in the path of the storm not as the Mississippi Coast, but as "the land mass between Mobile and New Orleans." Just as after Camille and Katrina, that battered but proud land mass called Mississippi still stands. We appreciate the personal and factual telling of our story by one of our own who understands and feels what our people have experienced and how they have pulled together to respond.
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