Under Surge, Under Siege: The Odyssey of Bay St. Louis and Katrina
Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 271 pages
Hurricane Katrina tore into Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, raking away lives, buildings, and livelihoods in a place known for its picturesque, coastal views; its laid-back, artsy downtown; and its deep-dyed southern cordiality. The tragedy also revealed the inner workings of a community with an indomitable heart and profound neighborly bonds. Those connections often brought out the best in people under the worst of circumstances. In "Under Surge, Under Siege," Ellis Anderson, who rode out the storm in her Bay St. Louis home and sheltered many neighbors afterwards, offers stories of generosity, heroism, and laughter in the midst of terror and desperate uncertainty.
Divided into two parts, this book invites readers into the intimate enclave before, during, and after the storm. "Under Surge" focuses on connections between residents, then demonstrates how those bonds sustained them through the worst hurricane in U.S. history. "Under Siege" documents the first three years of the grinding aftermath, detailing the unforeseen burdens of stress and depression, insurance scandals, and opportunists that threatened to complete the annihilation of the plucky town.
A blend of memoir, personal diary, and firsthand reportage, "Under Surge, Under Siege" creates a compelling American testament to the strength of the human spirit.
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Review: Under Surge, Under Siege: The Odyssey of Bay St. Louis and KatrinaUser Review - Gretchen - Goodreads
Mississippi Gulf Coast residents have complained that New Orleans got all the Katrina press. I put on my native New Orleanian blinders and turned a deaf heart to those complaints. This reopened my ... Read full review
Review: Under Surge, Under Siege: The Odyssey of Bay St. Louis and KatrinaUser Review - Glorianna Davenport - Goodreads
Ellis Anderson is a gifted writer. Her account of survival during and after Katrina comes to Bay St. Louis is makes the personal day-to-day drama of survival visceral. While Katrina changed many of us ... Read full review
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