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Under Surge, Under Siege



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Univ Pr of Mississippi
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Hurricane Katrina tore into Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, raking away lives, buildings, and livelihoods in a place known for its picturesque, coastal views; its laid-back, artsy downtown; and its deep-dyed southern cordiality. The tragedy also revealed the inner workings of a community with an indomitable heart and profound neighborly bonds. Those connections often brought out the best in people under the worst of circumstances. InUnder Surge, Under Siege, Ellis Anderson, who rode out the storm in her Bay St. Louis home and sheltered many neighbors afterwards, offers stories of generosity, heroism, and laughter in the midst of terror and desperate uncertainty.Divided into two parts, this book invites readers into the intimate enclave before, during, and after the storm. "Under Surge" focuses on connections between residents, then demonstrates how those bonds sustained them through the worst hurricane in U.S. history. "Under Siege" documents the first three years of the grinding aftermath, detailing the unforeseen burdens of stress and depression, insurance scandals, and opportunists that threatened to complete the annihilation of the plucky town.A blend of memoir, personal diary, and firsthand reportage,Under Surge, Under Siegecreates a compelling American testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
Under Surge
Storm Journal
The Language of Lossp. 3
The Ties That Bindp. 6
The Dethroning of Camillep. 11
The Dominos of Denialp. 15
The Fourth Stepp. 21
The Passing of the Eyep. 27
Lionel's Boatp. 30
The Edge of the Abyssp. 34
The Good Lifep. 38
The Story of Bay Town Inn
Solid as a Rockp. 49
Room Number Fivep. 58
Storm Journal
On Our Ownp. 69
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