The Great Quake by Henry Fountain a Page Turner Book Review

The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet

  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (August 8, 2017)
  • Publication Date: August 8, 2017
  • Sold by: Random House LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Rating ♥♥♥♥♥

My Review: 

When I saw this cover, I knew I wanted to read more about the great quake in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 27, 1964. The earthquake that I can remember seeing in my grandparent’s copies of Time and Life magazine with the images of houses lifted in the air while roads sunk several feet below right down the street, and absolutely no houses standing between.

The subtitle is How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding Of The Planet, and this book certainly fulfilled that promise. I have always been fascinated by geology. My grandfather took us on rock digs from the time we could walk. So this made me want to understand exactly what is going on deep within the earth.

The book covers in depth the personality and the work of the main researcher of this 9.0 earthquake, George Plafker. Also covered in great detail are the people that lived and died during this quake. The narrative, personal accounts,  and documents study the makeup of the area, the demographics, and the personalities of these brave Alaskans. I read this book slowly absorbing each detail and there are so many important details that are uncovered in this book. Henry Fountain brings the instant of the quake to life for the reader with eyewitness accounts, memories, and photos.

I read this book slowly absorbing each detail and there are so many important details that are uncovered in this book. Henry Fountain brings the instant of the quake to life for the reader with endearing, sad, and powerful eyewitness accounts, memories, and photos.

The geological makeup of this area is so well explained that after hearing the term plate tectonics for years, I finally actually understand how they work, what is going on, and how it affects us living on this active and dynamic planet.

I found this book through Blogging for books and this is why I love reading hardbacks, I will keep this forever and read it many more times. This review is my honest opinion and I thank Blogging for Books and Crown, the Publishers, for allowing me to have this copy for review.

Not stodgy and boring and not a textbook read at all, but a personal glimpse into the terror of this powerful natural disaster as well as the excitement of new discoveries. The excitement of realizing that a little snail-like creature holds so many answers. This book is like being on a dig alongside one of the premier geologists.

If you like history and knowing how things really work, then pick this up and you will enjoy it as much as I did. I have had a reading hangover from it since I finished it a few days ago. I wanted to read another fact-filled and an exciting book like this to transition me back into fiction.

I have a niece that is a geologist and I am sending her this book. I believe she will be as enthused about it as I am.

This Science-based non Fiction book is available on Amazon / Barnes and Noble /and Books a Million in Hardback and e-book format.

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Life Lessons from the Little Intelligent Rooster by Sojourner McConnell

My grandparents lived in the suburbs of Birmingham Alabama when I was small. Once my grandfather retired from the steel mill they relocated to Mt. Olive, Alabama. This was the town they had lived when they were children and where they both lived during the time that they met and married. My grandparents chose to get a few banty hens and one little rooster to have for their retirement home. The rooster they named Bobby, and he freely roamed the yard daily checking on his hens.

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New Release: Book Review: The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Michael J. Hogan

Book Review of The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy
The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Biography
by Michael J Hogan

    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 31, 2017)
    • Publication Date: April 30, 2017
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B06X9DX6JW

 

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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While I was engrossed in MTW This happened!

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Yes! I have over 1000 followers now. I love each one of you too. I mean you took the time to follow me and in return, I follow your blogs too.  I hope you are still happy with the content of the posts.

I am still loving reviewing books. Maybe I should explain that I am not a reviewer of analytical discussion and grammar policing. I am a reviewer that tells you why I loved, liked, or tolerated a book.

If I do not like the book or found it unappealing while reading, I do not post about it. My personal philosophy is: Why should I waste my energy and time to share a book that I found terrible?  Why even clutter my friend’s brains with the mundane and bad? You can go to other sites for that. Goodreads and Amazon are where you can find bad books.  Not on The Page Turner.

I also hope that you enjoy my little misadventures with my family, writing and learning processes.  There is something freeing about sharing a vacation, a productive day of writing, or just a fun day.

Thank you all for following me.  I enjoy your pages immensely and I hope you find something entertaining about mine.

Here is a rare picture: 

 

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Mufasa sharing a Sweet Boy moment. (few and far between) 

 

 

Snap Chat Pop Quiz!

 

The correct answer is worth 50 points! 

Who’s that hiding under those glasses, that toboggan, and beard?

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Why it’s Audrey Hepburn of course!  

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500 Followers! Wow! I am so Honored!

I was about to log out for the night, and what happened when I checked my blog? I had 500 followers to start my day off right!  Thank you all and thanks to Kazelee28 for tipping me over to 501!

500 Followers

I can not tell you how thankful I am that you wanted to follow my blog. I am touched with the kindness and friendship that has been extended by everyone I have met here. WordPress is truly a wonderful place, filled with the cream of the crop when it comes to bloggers and visitors.

Thank you all again! I hope we keep visiting each other’s blogs and finding out more and more things we have in common.  I love you all! That is truly from my heart.

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Exciting Goal Reached For The Page Turner

followed-blog-100-2x I woke up this morning to wonderful news.  My little blog that I created to inspire me to write has 100 followers.

I am so touched by those that follow my blog. I hope that you like the diversity of it all. I feel like I have been given 5 stars.  You know how I love a 5 star review!

This post is mainly to say thank you and that I am so excited. My blog has allowed me to share books with people that love reading as much as I do. It has also allowed me to feel creative and mentally stimulated.

At this point all I can say is  “Drinks are on the house!  CHEERS!”

Now on to the next goal!  If you are not following The Page Turner, there is no better time than now! Onward and Upward.

Sadly I am all out of clichés.  Thanks again come back soon. If you have any book suggestions for review, let me know.