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The Bookshelf: Nov. 19, 2014

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Superstorm.

Super Storm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy by Kathryn Miles

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SUPERSTORM: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy

by Kathryn Miles

The strange and devastating life of Hurricane Sandy receives a fine, grim telling … Sandy was a freak storm, a shape-shifter that meteorologists just couldn’t quite put a finger on, and for that reason — her crazed and capricious behavior — it made them extremely uneasy. Miles gets the ominous, charged atmosphere right from the start … Eventually, Sandy reached and obliterated the New Jersey shore and hammered New York City with 30-foot waves in the harbor and a colossal storm surge. Not just a chronicle of the storm’s terrible progression, this book is also a cautionary tale; as Miles notes, more than 70 percent of mandatory-evacuation residents made the poor decision to stay at home. A rogue storm dazzlingly caught in all its unprecedented bizarreness.

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