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Emily St. John Mandel: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Emily St. John Mandel

Describe your latest book. My new novel is called Station Eleven. It's about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North... Continue »
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A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

san francisco reader , December 29, 2009

Not only is this book about extraordinary communities that arise in disaster but itself is an extraordinary appeal for the power inherent in ordinary people who connect as communities helping one another after a disaster. In this well-researched, well-documented, and well-considered book, the author provides substantial historical evidence that beloved communities, or utopian-like communities built on altruism, often emerge after disasters, both natural and human-made. Solnit also provides the philosophical and psychological explanations for these behaviors, as well as for the antithetical behaviors of mistrust and suppression, often found in public authorities. The book is engrossing, energizing, and hopeful. It also explains a great deal about what actually happened during Katrina and 9/11 and why it happened. A must read.
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