by Christopher Jaymes
About the book: Based on a true story surrounding the 2004 tsunami, we follow author Chris Jaymes as he accidentally exchanged his would-be vacation in for a six-week stint as an aid worker in one of the world’s most tragic disasters. Upon arriving in Bangkok International Airport, he was informed that a tsunami had devastated the west coast of Thailand and that the only hotel still standing in the town he was headed to was the hotel holding his reservation. Boxing Day is a satirical, yet astonishingly human commentary at the harsh realities of what actually goes on in a time where selflessness should flourish, but selfishness prevails. At times heart wrenching and other times laugh out loud funny, Jaymes leads us through an adventure of mental anguish while drug-infested degenerates and hallucinatory aid workers pull together in hopes of fulfilling their idealized dream of serving humanity. Boxing Day will awaken the part of your spirit that longs for the day you have your own disaster to embrace. At the core of ensuing madness, Jaymes examines the fine art of deflecting self-banter and the innate fear of the unknown that most all of us harbor in the depths of our souls.
by Erich Krauss
About the book: At just before 8:00 a.m. local time on December 26, 2004, a monstrously powerful earthquake erupted on the floor of the Indian Ocean. The quake roared across the seabed for a full ten minutes—most earthquakes last only a few seconds—and is estimated to have had a shocking magnitude of 9.15 on the Richter scale.The earthquake, felt as far away as Alaska, generated a cataclysmic tsunami, which devastated coastlines bordering the Indian Ocean; Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, even Somali coastal areas were all ravaged. As many as 250,000 people died in one of the most horrifying natural disasters in the modern age. In Wave of Destruction, Erich Krauss tells the stories of four families who escaped the tsunami but not the horror it sowed. Beginning with their fight for life as a forty-foot wave ripped through their community, and ending with their slow, confusing attempt to rebuild after the last of the bodies were buried, Krauss depicts the trials of ordinary people who braved the worst of nature and exemplified the best of man.A gifted writer and expert in Thai culture, Krauss gracefully weaves these stories together to give a fuller picture of the tsunami’s toll and the great resilience shown by those that survived it and rebuilt their lives in its wake. Powerful, moving, and startlingly immediate, Wave of Destruction allows the reader to experience one of the worst disasters the world has ever known through the eyes of those who will never forget it.
by Krissy Nicholson
About the book: The story of Krissy Nicholson's journey to become an aid worker and her (seemingly) never-ending story to find Mr. Right As a free-spirited traveler, Krissy—now almost 30—needs her life to start taking shape. So how does a wild night on a dance floor in Vietnam land her a sought-after role in Oxfam working in emergency relief? And how do the excess of the expatriate scene, a string of Mr. Wrongs, and a spate of failed romances lead to self-discovery and ultimately self-fulfillment? Against the backdrop of adrenalin-fueled disaster response, Krissy begins to understand the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Whether coordinating emergency relief work in the field, or trying to find love in all the wrong places, Krissy takes us on a heartfelt and surprising adventure.
by Bill Nicol
About the book: Few natural disasters come bigger than the 2004 tsunami. It left a trail of destruction from one side of the Indian Ocean to the other. Hardest hit was Aceh in Indonesia’s west where the tsunami killed almost a quarter of a million people and left half million homeless as it smashed into a strip of coastline 800 kilometres long and several kilometres wide. The global community rallied to help in the largest military deployment since World War II. It then spent billions rebuilding Aceh in one of the most challenging reconstruction programs of its kind. "Tsunami Chronicles: Adventures in Disaster Management" tells the inside story of recovery. Written by the Indonesian Government’s senior advisor for tsunami recovery, Bill Nicol, it lays bare the tectonic political and managerial forces that swept along the rebuilding program with no less force than the tsunami itself. This is a powerful, first-hand narrative from a highly experienced journalist, author and consultant who played a pivotal role in the recovery operations. A series of six books in one book, "Tsunami Chronicles" offers rare and unique insights that will annoy some, anger a few, excite others and inspire many. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in international development and disaster recovery—humanitarian volunteers, aid workers, consultants, engineers, agency staff, institutional managers, policy makers and political leaders—as well as academics, students of management, business leaders and the general public.
by Adele Barker
About the book: A chronicle of life on the resplendent island, combining the immediacy of memoir with the vividness of travelogue and reportage Adele Barker and her son, Noah, settled into the central highlands of Sri Lanka for an eighteen-month sojourn, immersing themselves in the customs, cultures, and landscapes of the island—its elephants, birds, and monkeys; its hot curries and sweet mangoes; the cacophony of its markets; the resonant evening chants from its temples. They hear stories of the island’s colorful past and its twenty-five-year civil war between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil Tigers. When, having returned home to Tucson, Barker awakes on December 26, 2004, to see televised images of the island’s southern shore disappearing into the ocean, she decides she must go back. Traveling from the southernmost coasts to the farthest outposts of the Tamil north, she witnesses the ravages of the tsunami that killed forty-eight thousand Sri Lankans in the space of twenty minutes, and reports from the ground on the triumphs and failures of relief efforts. Combining the immediacy of memoir and the vividness of travelogue with the insight of the best reportage, Not Quite Paradise chronicles life in a place few have ever visited.From the Trade Paperback edition.
by Richard Lewis
About the book: Aceh, Indonesia. December 2004 . Two teens find each other surrounded by the destruction left in the wake of the most devastating tsunami the world has ever seen: Ruslan, a native of Aceh, in search of his missing father, whom he hopes has not been added to the fallen; and Sarah, an American girl, who has already lost her mother and is now struggling to find medical treatment for her sick brother. Only together can they find what they're searching for.
by David Bentley Hart
About the book: As news reports of the horrific December 2004 tsunami in Asia reached the rest of the world, commentators were quick to seize upon the disaster as proof of either God’s power or God’s nonexistence, asking over and over, How could a good and loving God — if such exists — allow such suffering? In The Doors of the Sea David Bentley Hart speaks at once to those skeptical of Christian faith and to those who use their Christian faith to rationalize senseless human suffering. He calls both to recognize in the worst catastrophes not the providential will of God but rather the ongoing struggle between the rebellious powers that enslave the world and the God who loves it wholly.
by Rob Forkan,Paul Forkan
About the book: The true story of four siblings who lost their parents in the devastating Sri Lankan tsunami and how they turned tragedy into inspiration On December 26, 2004, Rob, Paul, Matty, and Rosie Forkan tragically lost their parents in the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka. Aged from 8 to 17, they subsequently faced a harrowing and solitary 124 mile trek across the decimated country to get home to safety. The bravery, ingenuity, and resilience they displayed was the result of their unusual upbringing. Taken out of school at a young age, they received an unconventional and global education, learning independence and resourcefulness while carrying out voluntary work for charities in India alongside their parents. In the decade since the tsunami, Rob and Paul have achieved an incredible feat. They have created a multinational brand, Gandy's Flip Flops, based in the front room of their rented flat and endorsed by entrepreneurs including Richard Branson, and set up Orphans for Orphans, a charitable organization that uses 10% of the profits to support children deprived of education, nutrition, and medication. This is a heartbreaking, engaging, but ultimately uplifting journey from the streets of Sri Lanka to the boardrooms of London and beyond, as told by two inspirational survivors.
by Peg Kehret
About the book: The Worst Vacation Ever! Thirteen-year-old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. He'd never flown before, and he'd never seen the Pacific Ocean. One evening Kyle is left in charge of his younger sister, BeeBee, while his parents attend an adults-only Salesman of the Year dinner on an elegant yacht. Then the earthquake comes -- starting a fire in their hotel! As Kyle and BeeBee fight their way out through smoke and flame, Kyle remembers the sign at the beach that said after an earthquake everyone should go uphill and inland, as far from the ocean as possible. Giant tsunami waves -- three or four stories high can ride in from the sea and engulf anyone who doesn't escape fast enough. Kyle and BeeBee flee uphill as a tsunami crashes over the beach, the hotel, and the town. The giant wave charges straight up the hillside and through the woods where the children are running for their lives. The perfect vacation has become a nightmare! Somehow Kyle and BeeBee have to outwit nature's fury and save themselves from tsunami terror.
by Sonali Deraniyagala
About the book: One of The New York Times's 10 Best Books of the Year, a Christian Science Monitor Best Nonfiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Books pick, a People magazine Top 10 pick, a Good Reads Best Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Best Nonfiction BookA National Book Critics Circle Award finalistIn 2004, at a beach resort on the coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala and her family—parents, husband, sons—were swept away by a tsunami. Only Sonali survived to tell their tale. This is her account of the nearly incomprehensible event and its aftermath.