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A World Turned Over: A Killer Tornado and the Lives It Changed Forever

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""In the dream I see the yellowing Mississippi sky...I feel the edges of the wind, quick and rough a and nearer than l ever believed it could be, cutting an undertow in the now unbreathable air, It is close now, stealing by degrees across the pasture that spreads like a dark, lake behind the store, its black belly bulging straight out as it begins to feed on scrub pine, th ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 2nd 2002 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2002)
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pianogal
May 21, 2014 pianogal rated it it was ok
This is probably my least favorite tornado book. It was so full of florid prose that it was almost hard to find the tornado. The author used 85 words where she could have used 2. The book itself started with a 4 page discussion of the battlefield at Vicksburg. Um...this book was about the Candlestick tornado and had NOTHING to do with the Civil War or Vicksburg.

I hadn't ever heard of this tornado, but it sounds pretty rowdy. I was also a little disappointed that after all the build up, the autho
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Diann Blakely
Auden once described America as a landmass whose climate--no matter where one went in the country--was profoundly unsuitable for human habitation. Katrina, and, more recently, the twisters in Tuscaloosa and Joplin would only have reinforced the theory that had arisen from his experiences here.

A less well-known event, which came to be known as the Candlestick Tornado, swirled its lethal way through a new subdivision in Jackson, Mississippi, as Lorian Hemingway informs—or reminds—us in her fascin
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George
Mar 08, 2011 George rated it it was ok
I learned from this book that it's possible to take a gripping story about a tornado and life & death situations & make it kind of boring. The author spends way too much time reminiscing about her childhood rather than actually providing a coherent narrative of the tornado event.
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