Laura Hiatt

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

A great crossover read for teens as well as adults about community, tenacity, and the power of one person to make a difference.
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Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration

A delightful, enjoyable, and meandering read that will appeal to, and amuse, teen and adult readers.
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Under Occupation

This is not the master spy novelist at his finest, which may disappoint his many fans. While die-hard devotees will probably want to read it, newcomers should start with his earlier works. [See Prepub Alert, 4/28/19.]

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Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages

While even Hartnell admits this book only brushes the surface of the topic, for an overview account it offers a well-rounded, thoughtful, and witty exploration that general readers should appreciate and even learn a thing or two from.
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Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood

Using an array of resources from primary sources such as local newspapers and secondary sources written both then and now, Kierner presents an in-depth, well-researched and persuasive thesis for the beginning and eventual continuation of a cultural mind-set that has remained fairly intact since the 19th-century. Even with its academic presentation, this should be enjoyed by readers who appreciate disaster histories.

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of King Edward Longshanks

While putting a spotlight on an underrepresented era of medieval history, this book seeks to appeal to all kinds of readers with its easy narrative style, in-depth research, and engrossing details.
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Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm

That many of the authors expand on the topic of Maria to include historical background as well as future speculations and possible solutions adds an extra dimension that enhances the book’s relevancy. For specialists, academic libraries, and those interested in a broader and deeper understanding of the impact of Maria on Puerto Rico.

The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America’s Coasts

Thoughtfully written, minutely researched, and eminently readable, this sobering analysis seeks to make people start asking questions about the viability of building on the coasts in an era of climate change.

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Strange Harvests: The Hidden Histories of Seven Natural Objects

Readers who like microhistories and travelogs will enjoy.

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