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Red River Rising: The Anatomy of a Flood and the Survival of an American City

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  7 reviews
On April 19, 1997, in one of the most dramatic floods in U.S. history, more than 50,000 people abandoned their homes and businesses in Grand Forks, North Dakota. A nation watched as the heart of downtown, engulfed by a river, burst into flames above the water line. Like Sebastian Junger?s The Perfect Storm, Red River Rising is a compelling true-life narrative about the con ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published April 5th 2004 by Borealis Books (first published 2004)
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Nancy Davidson
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read Red River several years ago when Ashley taught a nonfiction writing class. I was very impressed with the breadth of her research. She created a complex analysis of tragedy and how to avoid it in the future. I learned about history, science, geography, policy and planning and the lives of those coping with the flood. She took the flood and illustrated how every walk of life is changed AFTER the water recedes.

She covered the politics of ruin, federal and small town agenda , economic winner
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Ben
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An essential book on not only the 1997 Red River flood, but on natural disasters in general. Shelby eloquently treads the line between a poignant narrative and a systematic view. She gives detailed explanations of how a river's crest is predicted, which includes a complicated web of hydrologic inputs and historical comparisons. She also dives into the personalities that drove the city's handling of the floodwaters, the melancholic aftermath, and even congressional involvement. Beyond the well-de ...more
James Norton
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This examination of the 1997 spring flood of the Red River has got a great ticking clock sense of urgency, a nuanced sense of the people involved in planning for and reacting to the disaster, and a real sense of insight into how public and private institutions function (or break) in a time of crisis. It's a great case study of an event that forever changed the communities it affected.
Robin
Dec 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Multi-perspective look at local tragedy. Feel hopeless of Grand Forks residents and scientists blamed for the unpredictability of nature.
John Benson
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We lived along the Red River during the flood of 1997 which devastated Grand Forks. Ashley Shelby wrote a well-researched book that she tells in an understated way. As the book goes along, you sense the power in the book as she brings out all the emotions of the main players and residents during the flood and in the years after the clean up. Shelby brings out how the flood brought everyone together during the fight but later how it tore the community apart. She does an especially good job at tel ...more
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Excellent book.
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Not that I'm biased or anything, but...pretty good book.
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Ashley Shelby is prize-winning writer whose fiction and essays have appeared in Slate, The Seattle Review, The Portland Review, Los Angeles Review, J Journal: New Writings on Social Justice, LitHub, Sonora Review, Post Road, Southeast Review, Third Coast, and other literary outlets. She's received the Red Hen Press Short Fiction Award, the Enizagam Short Story Award, the Third Coast Fiction Prize, ...more