Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tuesday Film Night : Read All About It

Join us at 6:30 p.m. in the library Community Room on Tuesday, July 30, for July's film night.

The Plot
Based on a real-life story, the film opens as Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter tourist vacation in Thailand. On the morning of December 26th, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth, and, without warning, a towering wave pushes in from the sea and rips through the hotel. The unexpected 2004 tsunami killed approximately 240,000 in 14 countries; the film tells the story of one family’s harrowing struggle to survive. Rated PG13.

Further Reading and Viewing
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
The author's debut book recounts her experiences as a survivor of the 2004 tsunami that killed her parents, husband, and two young sons in Sri Lanka.

Wave Destruction : the Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami by Erich Krauss
A compelling account of four native Thai families in the village of Nam Khem, devastated by the 2004 tsunami. The author arrived as a relief worker 12 days after the final wave struck.

The Wave : In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey
Less about tsunamis and more about the ever-popular topic of nature's extremes. The author explores rogue-wave connections to commerce, science, and sport.

The Raging Sea : the Powerful Account of the Worst Tsunami in U.S. History by Dennis M. Powers
A 1964 Alaskan earthquake sent four gigantic waves to Crescent City, CA. The author recounts the effects of the only destructive tsunami to hit the U.S.

Japan's Killer Quake (Documentary Video)
An in-depth examination of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

From the NOAA: Tsunami Teacher Basics
This NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) video describes the science of a tsunami; depicts wave impact; and includes first-person accounts of lives affected.