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The Bookshelf: Nov. 30, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Flood Year 1927.

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THE FLOOD YEAR 1927: A Cultural History

by Susan Scott Parrish

A scholar’s cross-disciplinary look back at the little-remembered greatest natural disaster in American history. ... Although Parrish sketches out the scope of this catastrophe, she’s less interested in a granular account of the slow-moving, long-lasting flood than in exploring how such a disaster acquires meaning. Through multiple lenses—sociological, ecological, cultural, and aesthetic—she focuses on the dark side of modernity, the ominous portents of the future accompanying the deluge: the man-made contributions—clear-cutting, industrial farming, faulty levee design—to the flood’s magnitude; the harsh economics and the even more severe prejudice that left African-Americans most vulnerable to the flood’s depredations ... As a cubist might, Parrish paints a multifaceted portrait of catastrophe: sometimes puzzling, often surprising, and wholly original.

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