One Book - One Community for 2017-18

What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross

What Stands in a Storm, by Kim Cross, a true story of three days in the lives of those affected by one of the nation’s worst superstorms, is the One Book-One Community selection for 2017-18, according to the organization’s executive committee.

In the book, Cross weaves together heart-wrenching stories of death and survival during the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history, which occurred in April, 2011 in the southern U.S.  During the outbreak, 324 people were killed and entire neighborhoods erased.  The author concentrates on the heart-wrenching stories of several characters in Alabama.  Among the stories of heartbreak, a key message emerges:  in tragic times, what tears us apart helps reveal what holds things together.

This marks the 15th year that the community has had the opportunity to come together to read a common book, hold discussions and meet the author. Cross will visit the Alliance community on March 22 and 23.  Her public appearance will be March 22 at Union Avenue United Methodist Church with area high school visits scheduled the following day.


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