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Title Fire in Paradise An American Tragedy
Author Alastair Gee
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2020-05-05
Category Nature
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781324005155
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The harrowing story of the most destructive American wildfire in a century. There is no precedent in postwar American history for the destruction of the town of Paradise, California. On November 8, 2018, the community of 27,000 people was swallowed by the ferocious Camp Fire, which razed virtually every home and killed at least 85 people. The catastrophe seared the American imagination, taking the front page of every major national newspaper and top billing on the news networks. It displaced tens of thousands of people, yielding a refugee crisis that continues to unfold. Fire in Paradise is a dramatic and moving narrative of the disaster based on hundreds of in-depth interviews with residents, firefighters and police, and scientific experts. Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano are California-based journalists who have reported on Paradise since the day the fire began. Together they reveal the heroics of the first responders, the miraculous escapes of those who got out of Paradise, and the horrors experienced by those who were trapped. Their accounts are intimate and unforgettable, including the local who left her home on foot as fire approached while her 82-year-old father stayed to battle it; the firefighter who drove into the heart of the inferno in his bulldozer; the police officer who switched on his body camera to record what he thought would be his final moments as the flames closed in; and the mother who, less than 12 hours after giving birth in the local hospital, thought she would die in the chaotic evacuation with her baby in her lap. Gee and Anguiano also explain the science of wildfires, write powerfully about the role of the power company PG&E in the blaze, and describe the poignant efforts to raise Paradise from the ruins. This is the story of a town at the forefront of a devastating global shift—of a remarkable landscape sucked ever drier of moisture and becoming inhospitable even to trees, now dying in their tens of millions and turning to kindling. It is also the story of a lost community, one that epitomized a provincial, affordable kind of Californian existence that is increasingly unattainable. It is, finally, a story of a new kind of fire behavior that firefighters have never witnessed before and barely know how to handle. What happened in Paradise was unprecedented in America. Yet according to climate scientists and fire experts, it will surely happen again.

Fire In Paradise by Dani Anguiano

Title Fire in Paradise
Author Dani Anguiano
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2021-04-20
Category
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0393542165
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Fire In Paradise by Alastair Gee

Title Fire in Paradise
Author Alastair Gee
Publisher W. W. Norton
Release Date 2020-05-05
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1324005149
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The harrowing story of the most destructive American wildfire in a century.

Fire In Paradise by Dani Anguiano

Title Fire in Paradise
Author Dani Anguiano
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2021-04-20
Category
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0393542165
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Paradise by Robert Colby

Title Paradise
Author Robert Colby
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2006
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 9780738546759
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It was more than 150 years ago that Uncle Billy" Leonard took refuge from the hellish heat in the shade beneath a Ponderosa pine, breathing in relief to his companions: "Boys, this has got to be Paradise!" Or so the story goes. Yet it is no fiction that the settlement grew to be more than just a stop on the way from Oroville or Chico to the gold country. Although Paradise was surrounded by mines, it had little gold itself. Disappointed miners made a living cutting timber, working at one of the sawmills, or hacking out homesteads in the foothill forests. Diamond Match Company built a railroad to its sawmill, locating the depot a mile west of town in what was sometimes called "New Paradise." For generations before houses began to replace its orchards, Paradise was an apple-growing center, home to harvest festivals that are echoed in today's annual Johnny Appleseed Days."

A Fire Story by Brian Fies

Title A Fire Story
Author Brian Fies
Publisher Abrams
Release Date 2019-03-05
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 160
ISBN 9781683354512
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Early morning on Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 6,200 homes and 8,900 structures and were destroyed. Author Brian Fies’s firsthand account of this tragic event is an honest, unflinching depiction of his personal experiences, including losing his house and every possession he and his wife had that didn’t fit into the back of their car. In the days that followed, as the fires continued to burn through the area, Brian hastily pulled together A Fire Story and posted it online—it immediately went viral. He is now expanding his original webcomic to include environmental insight and the fire stories of his neighbors and others in his community. A Fire Story is an honest account of the wildfires that left homes destroyed, families broken, and a community determined to rebuild.

Firestorm by Edward Struzik

Title Firestorm
Author Edward Struzik
Publisher Island Press
Release Date 2017-10-05
Category Nature
Total Pages 257
ISBN 9781610918183
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Frightening...Firestorm comes alive when Struzik discusses the work of offbeat scientists." --New York Times Book Review "Comprehensive and compelling." --Booklist "A powerful message." --Kirkus "Should be required reading." --Library Journal In the spring of 2016, the world watched as wildfire ravaged the Canadian town of Fort McMurray. Firefighters named the fire "the Beast." It seemed to be alive with destructive energy, and they hoped never to see anything like it again. Yet it's not a stretch to imagine we will all soon live in a world in which fires like the Beast are commonplace. In Firestorm, Edward Struzik confronts this new reality, offering a deftly woven tale of science, economics, politics, and human determination. It's possible for us to flourish in the coming age of megafires--but it will take a radical new approach that requires acknowledging that fires are no longer avoidable. Living with fire also means, Struzik reveals, that we must better understand how the surprising, far-reaching impacts of these massive fires will linger long after the smoke eventually clears.

Malibu Burning by Robert Kerbeck

Title Malibu Burning
Author Robert Kerbeck
Publisher Mwc Press
Release Date 2019-11
Category Nature
Total Pages 262
ISBN 1733470506
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Blending investigative journalism and personal memoir, Malibu Burning brings you on the dramatic, life-threatening journey of real people fighting 2,000 degree flames to save entire neighborhoods.

This Side Of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Title This Side of Paradise
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher Courier Corporation
Release Date 2012-03-12
Category Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780486115146
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Definitive novel of the "Lost Generation" focuses on the coming of age of Amory Blaine, a handsome, wealthy Princeton student. Fitzgerald's first novel and an immediate, spectacular success. Note.

The Fire Outside My Window by Sandra Millers Younger

Title The Fire Outside My Window
Author Sandra Millers Younger
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date 2013-09-03
Category Nature
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780762799329
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California's Epic Cedar Fire is both a poignant memoir and a veteran journalist's narrative nonfiction account of a catastrophic event that crippled postcard-perfect San Diego and dominated international headlines in October 2003. Author Sandra Millers Younger's miraculous saga of escape, ruin and renewal unifies a tapestry of experiences woven from more than 100 interviews with firefighters, survivors and the families of those who died. The fire itself, one of the biggest and most destructive in California history, is the main character in this epic story--a rampaging monster, framed within historical context, battled by understaffed, under-equipped firefighters, and confronted from the rare perspective of terrified civilians caught in its path. Timing, location and weather conspired against air tankers, fire engines and bulldozers, enabling a lost hunter's signal fire to gather strength in the mountains east of San Diego. Overnight, a swelling wind sent flames galloping toward the Pacific, killing 15 people, 12 of them the author's neighbors; incinerating more than 2,200 homes, including hers; and creating a lunarscape 20 times the size of Manhattan In this revealing narrative, Younger takes readers into the heart of an epic firefight, telling the stories of fire chiefs and air tanker pilots trying to combat a catastrophe bigger than they had ever imagined, and recounting both survivors' and victims' desperate efforts to escape flames moving faster than fire engines could drive. The Fire Outside My Window is a riveting and nuanced tale that captures the intensity of a runaway wildfire, honors those lost to its fury, and celebrates the human spirit's innate capacity to triumph over adversity.

The Esperanza Fire by John Maclean

Title The Esperanza Fire
Author John Maclean
Publisher Counterpoint
Release Date 2013-02-12
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781619020719
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Relates the events of the 2006 Esperanza Fire in southern California, the tragic deaths of a five-man Forest Service engine crew, and the high-profile murder trial of the person convicted for setting the fire.

Title How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change
Author Harriet Shugarman
Publisher New Society Publishers
Release Date 2020-05-12
Category Family & Relationships
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9781771423250
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Building grit and hope in the face of the climate emergency With catastrophic global warming already baked into the climate system, today's children face a future entirely unlike that of their parents. Yet how can we maintain hope and make a difference in the face of overwhelming evidence of the climate crisis? Help is at hand. Written by Harriet Shugarman – the Climate Mama and trusted advisor to parents – How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change provides tools and strategies for parents to explain the climate emergency to their children and galvanize positive action. Coverage includes: The unvarnished realities of the climate emergency, where we are at, and how we got here Strategies for talking to kids of different ages about the climate crisis, including advice from engaged parents on the ground How to maintain our own hope and that of our children A list of practical actions families can take to tackle the climate change crisis Ideas for helping children follow their passions in pursuit of a livable, just, and sustainable world. A lifeline for parents who are feeling overwhelmed with fear and grief, this book provides both hope and practical ways to engage children in pursuit of a better world that is still possible.

Disaster by Christopher Cooper

Title Disaster
Author Christopher Cooper
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 2007-04-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 352
ISBN 1429900245
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Based on exclusive interviews, the inside story of how America's emergency response system failed and how it remains dangerously broken When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the morning of August 29, 2005, federal and state officials were not prepared for the devastation it would bring—despite all the drills, exercises, and warnings. In this troubling exposé of what went wrong, Christopher Cooper and Robert Block of The Wall Street Journal show that the flaws go much deeper than out-of-touch federal bureaucrats or overwhelmed local politicians. Drawing on exclusive interviews with federal, state, and local officials, Cooper and Block take readers inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to reveal the inexcusable mismanagement during Hurricane Katrina—the bad decisions that were made, the facts that were ignored, the individuals who saw that the system was broken but were unable to fix it. America's top emergency response officials had long known that a calamitous hurricane was likely to hit New Orleans, but that seems to have had little effect on planning or execution. Disaster demonstrates that the incompetent response to Hurricane Katrina is a wake-up call to all Americans, wherever they live, about how distressingly vulnerable we remain. Washington is ill equipped to handle large-scale emergencies, be they floods or fires, natural events or terrorist attacks, and Cooper and Block make a strong case for overhauling of the nation's emergency response system. This is a book that no American can afford to ignore.

Title American Fire Love Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land
Author Monica Hesse
Publisher Liveright Publishing
Release Date 2017-07-11
Category Social Science
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781631490521
Language English, Spanish, and French
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One of NPR's Best Books of 2017 A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year “A brisk, captivating and expertly crafted reconstruction of a community living through a time of fear. . . . Masterful.”— Washington Post The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all. Accomack was desolate—there were hundreds of abandoned buildings. And by the dozen they were burning. “One of the year’s best and most unusual true-crime books” (Christian Science Monitor), American Fire brings to vivid life the reeling county of Accomack. “Ace reporter” (Entertainment Weekly) Monica Hesse spent years investigating the story, emerging with breathtaking portraits of the arsonists—troubled addict Charlie Smith and his girlfriend, Tonya Bundick. Tracing the shift in their relationship from true love to crime spree, Hesse also conjures the once-thriving coastal community, decimated by a punishing economy and increasingly suspicious of their neighbors as the culprits remained at large. Weaving the story into the history of arson in the United States, the critically acclaimed American Fire re-creates the anguished nights this quiet county lit up in flames, evoking a microcosm of rural America—a land half-gutted before the fires began.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Title Middlesex
Author Jeffrey Eugenides
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2011-07-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 544
ISBN 9780307401946
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Spanning eight decades and chronicling the wild ride of a Greek-American family through the vicissitudes of the twentieth century, Jeffrey Eugenides’ witty, exuberant novel on one level tells a traditional story about three generations of a fantastic, absurd, lovable immigrant family -- blessed and cursed with generous doses of tragedy and high comedy. But there’s a provocative twist. Cal, the narrator -- also Callie -- is a hermaphrodite. And the explanation for this takes us spooling back in time, through a breathtaking review of the twentieth century, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie’s grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set our narrator’s life in motion. Middlesex is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire. It’s a brilliant exploration of divided people, divided families, divided cities and nations -- the connected halves that make up ourselves and our world. Justly acclaimed when it was released in Fall 2002, it announces the arrival of a major writer for our times. From the Hardcover edition.

Terra Flamma by Stuart Palley

Title Terra Flamma
Author Stuart Palley
Publisher Schiffer Publishing
Release Date 2018
Category Photography
Total Pages 144
ISBN 0764355732
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the towering pines of Shasta Trinity National Forest, to the chaparral scrub of San Diego's Mexican border, to Yosemite and the Western Sierras, trained wildland firefighter and photojournalist Stuart Palley documents California's raging wildfires and the forces behind them during the state's worst fire season in modern history. The dramatic images, a half-decade in the making, capture thesimultaneous beauty and destruction that wildfires bring as fire seasonsget longer and more deadly, expensive, and destructive.In the wake ofCalifornia's record-breaking series of wildfires in 2017, theimages encompass five fire seasons and forty-five fires. They are presented chronologicallyand culminate with the wine country fire siege that devastated Sonoma and Napa counties in October 2017 and the Thomas Fire in Southern California, the largest in recorded state history. This timely book defines the state's drought and urban sprawl challenges, drawing a broader picture ofglobal warming and its acute effects worldwide.

The Camp Fire 2018 by Paula Jean Link

Title The Camp Fire 2018
Author Paula Jean Link
Publisher Independently Published
Release Date 2019-06-20
Category
Total Pages 122
ISBN 1073356078
Language English, Spanish, and French
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California wildfires are becoming more common, more frequent, and burning more ferociously. On November 8, 2018 at 6:38 a.m. a fire started 8 miles east of Paradise, CA in Butte County racing up and down canyons reaching Paradise in less than an hour. This fire ended up being the worst in the history of California and responsible for more lives than any other wildfire, destroying nearly all of a small rural town called Concow, ninety-five percent of Paradise and fifty percent of Magalia, all in Butte County. The horrific evacuation of an overall combined 52,000 people from Paradise to Centerville fleeing from their homes and businesses only to find gridlock streets with abandoned cars on fire, people running frantically on foot through tunneling flames and thick smoke causing zero visibility will forever be in the memories of the people who once lived here and those who still do. Residents returned home to a town of ashes and flattened ruins, the aftermath and destruction is beyond one's imagination, it looked more like a bombing had occurred in these towns rather than a fire.

Title The Sound of the Snow Geese
Author Dax Meredith
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-08-22
Category Drama
Total Pages 226
ISBN 1734026502
Language English, Spanish, and French
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River Of Fire by John N. Maclean

Title River of Fire
Author John N. Maclean
Publisher Ml&t
Release Date 2018-06-10
Category Arson
Total Pages 262
ISBN 069207998X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The 1953 Rattlesnake Fire on the Mendocino National Forest killed 15 men - most of them young missionary workers with the New Tribes Mission at Fouts Springs, California.

Man Of Tomorrow by Jim Newton

Title Man of Tomorrow
Author Jim Newton
Publisher Little, Brown
Release Date 2020-05-12
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 448
ISBN 9780316392488
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Visionary. Iconoclast. Political Survivor. "A powerful and entertaining look" (Governor Gavin Newsom) at the extraordinary life and political career of Governor Jerry Brown. Jerry Brown is no ordinary politician. Like his state, he is eclectic, brilliant, unpredictable and sometimes weird. And, as with so much that California invents and exports, Brown's life story reveals a great deal about this country. With the exclusive cooperation of Governor Brown himself, Jim Newton has written the definitive account of Jerry Brown's life. The son of Pat Brown, who served as governor of California through the 1960s, Jerry would extend and also radically alter the legacy of his father through his own service in the governor's mansion. As governor, first in the 1970s and then again, 28 years later in his remarkable return to power, Jerry Brown would propound an alternative menu of American values: the restoration of the California economy while balancing the state budget, leadership in the international campaign to combat climate change and the aggressive defense of California's immigrants, no matter by which route they arrived. It was a blend of compassion, far-sightedness and pragmatism that the nation would be wise to consider. The story of Jerry Brown's life is in many ways the story of California and how it became the largest economy in the United States. Man of Tomorrow traces the blueprint of Jerry Brown's off beat risk-taking: equal parts fiscal conservatism and social progressivism. Jim Newton also reveals another side of Jerry Brown, the once-promising presidential candidate whose defeat on the national stage did nothing to diminish the scale of his political, intellectual and spiritual ambitions. To the same degree that California represents the future of America, Jim Newton's account of Jerry Brown's life offers a new way of understanding how politics works today and how it could work in the future.