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A journey around the United States in search of the truth about the threat of earthquakes leads to spine-tingling discoveries, unnerving experts, and ultimately the kind of preparations that will actually help guide us through disasters. It’s a road trip full of surprises.

PRaise for Quakeland:

“[Kathryn Miles] will inspire you to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.”
—Sierra Magazine

“Engrossing, timely, thoroughly researched… Smart, compelling, and fearless in its embrace of science, Quakeland is full of fascinating people imparting big truths. We ignore their knowledge at our peril.”
—Booklist

“A wide-ranging account of earthquakes, the least understood of natural disasters, with vivid stories of the havoc they create and a warning about what will someday happen in the United States… readable and engaging—not to mention eye-opening, as the author delivers a firm warning to policymakers as well as individual citizens.”
—Kirkus Reviews

"Mixing geological primer with apocalyptic warning, Miles makes clear “how fragile—and volatile—the ground beneath our feet really is.”
—Publishers Weekly
 

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The first complete moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded—a hurricane like no other.

Praise for Superstorm:

"Superstorm reads like the script of a blockbuster movie, transforming that Halloween storm into a nightmarish monster come to life. She provides horrifying vignettes of the storm's many personal tragedies." -- Washington Post  

"Wise and harrowing." -- Associated Press

"Fascinating...Meticulous...Heartbreaking...Miles's account--this year's Five Days at Memorial--is an important record for future planners and a gripping read." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Deeply reported and richly detailed narrative...A masterful job of telling the human tale of the storm." -- Miami Herald

"Explains how a storm so strong it filled the windows of the International Space Station managed to catch the nation flat-footed." -- New York Post

"[A] wide-angle, ticktock account of the massive Atlantic storm system that slammed the Eastern Seaboard on Oct. 29, 2012." - Newsday

"Thrilling...Even for those of us who have heard countless hurricane stories, Superstorm, is a valuable addition. It goes beyond the scary radar screens and harrowing photos of the aftermath to the ongoing, massive problems of predicting and surviving such storms." - Tampa Bay Times

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"The exodus from the Irish famine of the 1840s prompts Miles’ contribution to the literature of Eire’s trauma. It chronicles the 10-year existence of a sailing ship that embarked refugees for North America. Named the Jeanie Johnston, a reconstruction of which is today displayed in Dublin, the ship was purpose-built for the emigration trade by a shipwright, with a captain and a doctor whom Miles portrays as humanitarians; she writes distinctly less enthusiastically of the entrepreneur in the port of Tralee, Ireland, who financed the ship. No matter who merits the credit for the Jeanie Johnston’s career, credit there was, for her voyages were distinguished for not losing any passengers; Irish immigrants died in droves on other ships. Offering great detail about the Jeanie Johnston’s nautical characteristics, Miles exemplifies the Irish immigrant’s transatlantic experience in one family who endured the crossing, passed through quarantine inspection in Canada, and settled in the U.S. Chronicling the Johnston’s further journeys and sinking in 1858, Miles, who follows occasional tangents like Queen Victoria’s visits to Ireland, ably regales her central story of a remarkable vessel." - Booklist

The enthralling, true tale of a celebrated “coffin ship” that ran between Ireland and America in the 1840s: “By turns harrowing and heartwarming…All Standing salvages the treasure of a history lost at sea” (J.C. Hallman, author of The Devil Is a Gentleman).