Hurricane Woes

While I’m stuck in a hurricane weakening to a tropical storm, there’s not much for me to do. The wind is so strong we can hear it whip around the house and see all the rain flying horizontally. No lightning is crashing down, but it does sound like it’s thundering. The eye will be here in about seven hours, and right before the eye will come the giant wall protecting it–one of the most destructive parts of a hurricane. Still, Hurricane Isaac is a weakling compared to other ones we’ve had. Hopefully, I can get through a book or two since we’re basically under house arrest. We haven’t lost electricity, but even if we do, we’re prepared with a generator. Ah, well, enough about my experience.

If you’re looking for some books with hurricanes in them, try Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson. It’s a coming to age story many children are required to read in elementary school and focuses on overcoming the unimportance one might feel in adolescence. I haven’t read this book since maybe middle school, so I don’t remember much about it besides the fact that the main character kept wanting the love that others had.

If you’d rather a more adult book, try Their Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Zeale Hurston. Hurston narrates Janie’s struggle to be more than a worker and a trophy wife. She seeks to be on the safe level with her husband(s). Also, this book is one that was lost in time after it was first written and then rediscovered. It contains lots of metaphors comparing the supernatural to nature. I personally discovered this book in my American Literature survey class.

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