I just finished reading "A World Turned Over" by Lorian Hemingway, who is one of the 12 grandchildren of Ernest Hemingway. She has definitely inherited his talent, although their styles could not be more different. The book is a memoir about the F-5 tornado that destroyed her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi in 1966. The first half of the book describes the tornado so vividly, I felt like I had survived it myself. The second half deals with her return to the town 30 years later to interview survivors. I didn't think the second half could be as riveting as the first, but I was wrong.
I am a self-confessed disaster junkie, and have been all my life. I don't know why. Scots have a genetic morbid streak, so I blame my ancestors. At any rate, a book like A World Turned Over is my idea of a good time. It will be living on my Staff Picks shelf as soon as I can make my way back down Clarks Creek Road!