Tornado of Life

Tornado of Life
Author: Jay Baruch
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2022-08-30
Genre: Medical
ISBN: 9780262046978

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Stories from the ER: a doctor shows how empathy, creativity, and imagination are the cornerstones of clinical care. To be an emergency room doctor is to be a professional listener to stories. Each patient presents a story; finding the heart of that story is the doctor’s most critical task. More technology, more tests, and more data won’t work if doctors get the story wrong. Empathy, creativity, and imagination are the cornerstones of clinical care. In Tornado of Life, ER physician Jay Baruch offers a series of short, powerful, and affecting essays that capture the stories of ER patients in all their complexity and messiness. Patients come to the ER with lives troubled by scales of misfortune that have little to do with disease or injury. ER doctors must be problem-finders before they are problem-solvers. Cheryl, for example, whose story is a chaos narrative of “and this happened, and then that happened, and then, and then and then and then,” tells Baruch she is "stuck in a tornado of life.” What will help her, and what will help Mr. K., who seems like a textbook case of post-combat PTSD but turns out not to be? Baruch describes, among other things, the emergency of loneliness (invoking Chekhov, another doctor-writer); his own (frightening) experience as a patient; the patient who demanded a hug; and emergency medicine during COVID-19. These stories often end without closure or solutions. The patients are discharged into the world. But if they’re lucky, the doctor has listened to their stories as well as treated them.

Still Life with Tornado

Still Life with Tornado
Author: A.S. King
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-10-11
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 9781101994894

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A heartbreaking and mindbending story of a talented teenage artist's awakening to the brokenness of her family from acclaimed Printz award-winner A.S. King. Sixteen-year-old Sarah can't draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has "done the art." She thinks she's having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she wanders the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she's finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can't quite recall. After decades of staying together "for the kids" and building a family on a foundation of lies and domestic violence, Sarah's parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original—and yet it still hurts. Insightful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, this is a vivid portrait of abuse, survival, resurgence that will linger with readers long after the last page. “Read this book, whatever your age. You may find it’s the exact shape and size of the hole in your heart.”—The New York Times “Surreal and thought-provoking.”—People Magazine ★ ”A deeply moving, frank, and compassionate exploration of trauma and resilience, filled to the brim with incisive, grounded wisdom.” —Booklist, starred review ★ ”King writes with the confidence of a tightrope walker working without a net.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review ★"[King] blurs reality, truth, violence, emotion, creativity, and art in a show of respect for YA readers."—Horn Book Magazine, starred review ★ “King’s brilliance, artistry, and originality as an author shine through in this thought-provoking work. […] An unforgettable experience.” SLJ, starred review

The Man Who Caught the Storm

The Man Who Caught the Storm
Author: Brantley Hargrove
Publsiher: Simon & Schuster
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-04-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781476796109

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The saga of the greatest tornado chaser who ever lived: a tale of obsession and daring and an extraordinary account of humanity’s high-stakes race to understand nature’s fiercest phenomenon from Brantley Hargrove, “one of today’s great science writers” (The Washington Post). At the turn of the twenty-first century, the tornado was one of the last true mysteries of the modern world. It was a monster that ravaged the American heartland a thousand times each year, yet science’s every effort to divine its inner workings had ended in failure. Researchers all but gave up, until the arrival of an outsider. In a field of PhDs, Tim Samaras didn’t attend a day of college in his life. He chased storms with brilliant tools of his own invention and pushed closer to the tornado than anyone else ever dared. When he achieved what meteorologists had deemed impossible, it was as if he had snatched the fire of the gods. Yet even as he transformed the field, Samaras kept on pushing. As his ambitions grew, so did the risks. And when he finally met his match—in a faceoff against the largest tornado ever recorded—it upended everything he thought he knew. Brantley Hargrove delivers a “cinematically thrilling and scientifically wonky” (Outside) tale, chronicling the life of Tim Samaras in all its triumph and tragedy. Hargrove takes readers inside the thrill of the chase, the captivating science of tornadoes, and the remarkable character of a man who walked the line between life and death in pursuit of knowledge. The Man Who Caught the Storm is an “adrenaline rush of a tornado chase…Readers from all across the spectrum will enjoy this” (Library Journal, starred review) unforgettable exploration of obsession and the extremes of the natural world.

The Tornado

The Tornado
Author: T. P. Grazulis
Publsiher: University of Oklahoma Press
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2003
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 0806135387

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A guide to tornado formation and lifecycle also covers such topics as forecasting, wind speeds, tornado myths, tornado safety, risks, and records, along with accounts of the deadliest tornadoes in the United States.

Erased by a Tornado

Erased by a Tornado
Author: Jessica Rudolph
Publsiher: Bearport Publishing
Total Pages: 36
Release: 2010-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781936087525

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Explains the causes and characteristics of tornadoes and scientific advances in storm prediction.

Tornadoes and Hurricanes

Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Author: Cy Armour
Publsiher: Teacher Created Materials
Total Pages: 26
Release: 2004-12-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 0743983475

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Authentic, leveled content that helps students practice and develop their nonfiction reading skills.

Survive a Tornado

Survive a Tornado
Author: Chris Bowman
Publsiher: Bellwether Media
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2016-08-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781681032375

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Tornadoes are the most violent storms on Earth! Their twisting winds flatten houses and uproot trees in minutes. Young readers find out how to tell if a tornado is on its way, where to go, and how to stay safe in this high-interest title.

The Awesome Book of Tornadoes and Other Storms

The Awesome Book of Tornadoes and Other Storms
Author: Kate Patty
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2014-11-18
Genre: Storms
ISBN: 1486702619

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"Did you know that dust devils can be half-a-mile high? That hurricanes can pile up boats like bath toys? That it can rain frogs, fish, and schoolchildren? Discover for yourself amazing facts about violent weather, from the hailstone as big as a tennis ball (but much heavier!), to the storm surge that can fling boats over a mile inland in this awesome book all about tornadoes! With a cover designed to grab a child's attention (including foil, spot UV, and embossing), and an immediately engaging interior filled with varying text lengths and density, diverse illustrations, dynamic layouts, and the most current information laid out in a captivating format, young readers will come back to this book again and again, building their science knowledge base as well as vocabulary. Fun facts, true or false quizzes, search and find features, clearly labeled graphics, and text boxes are designed to hold the attention of all types of learners, making the information accessible and interesting, as well as engaging and entertaining."--Provided by publisher.