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This Is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together

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The thrilling, cinematic story of a community shattered by disaster--and the extraordinary woman who helped pull it back together

In 1964, Anchorage, Alaska, was a modern-day frontier town yearning to be a metropolis--the largest, proudest city in a state that was still brand-new. But just before sundown on Good Friday, the community was jolted by the most powerful
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Random House
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    SundayAtDusk
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Since I knew nothing about the 1964 Anchorage earthquake, I was looking forward to reading this book by Jon Mooallem. I also liked his angle of focusing the story on radio reporter Genie Chance. Well, the story starts off being interesting enough, but soon tedious details about everyone and everything made me start skimming many pages. The author definitely jumps around a lot, too.

    Next, after describing all that Ms. Chance did after the earthquake hit, the author jumps to the year after the
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    Steve
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    Disclaimer: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program.

    This is Chance is mostly the story of the Anchorage, Alaska earthquake of Good Friday, 1964. It is the largest earthquake ever recorded in the US and the second largest ever recorded in the world. The story centers around Genie Chance, a young mother of three who worked part time at a local radio station. As she was driving her son to the bookstore, a massive earthquake hit, causing incredible damage to the city. After
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    AltLovesBooks
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    "Information is a form of comfort."

    For anyone who has lived through a major disaster of any sort, this is a great read. Even if you haven't been through an earthquake specifically, there's enough parallels for what comes immediately after that you'll find a lot to identify with. This book opens with an innocuous town event held a month before the earthquake hit. You meet a lot of the main players early on, and are provided with a thoughtful introduction for each by the author. While ultimately
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    Megan Bell
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    This Is Chance! is a timely reminder that when the die is cast and misfortune is in the cards, chances are that we’ll find the everyday relationships around us—the ones forged between neighbors, in scouting troops, or through community theater—are strong enough to save us. On Good Friday 1964, the largest city in the newly official state of Alaska suffered the most powerful earthquake in American history. The citizens of Anchorage underwent four and a half minutes of shocking and surreal ...more
    James Beggarly
    Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    This was a Goodreads Giveaway. A wonderful book about the largest earthquake in the US that took place in Alaska in 1964. The whole city of anchorage turns out to help their neighbors and one voice, a mother of three, Genie Chance, stays on the radio for three days, calming nerves and letting everyone know that life is going to go on. Surprisingly beautiful and inspiring.
    Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Exciting account of the 1964 Alaska earthquake, told from the vantage point of the radio reporter on the scene, Genie Chance. She quickly went from reporting the few, scattered facts as they became available, to becoming the voice of the city, relaying messages to a city without telephone service or electricity, and letting the outside world know that Anchorage was still on the map.
    Maudaevee
    Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    I couldn't put this book down! The narrative was so vivid and completely immersive, it took you to the time & place. I am a recent resident of Anchorage and I loved this glimpse into its past. I will say it was chilling to think of the scale of the damage, considering how commonly we still have quakes up here.
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    Jon Mooallem is a longtime writer at large for The New York Times Magazine and a contributor to numerous radio shows and other magazines, including This American Life and Wired. He has spoken at TED and collaborated with members of the Decemberists on musical storytelling projects.

    His latest book, THIS IS CHANCE!, about the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 and radio reporter Genie Chance, will be
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