Saturday, January 30, 2016

I Survived the Joplin Tornado, Turner-Hacker books top Amazon list

The latest in Lauren Tarshis I Survived books, I Survived the Joplin Tornado, continues to top the Amazon charts for books about the May 22, 2011 natural disaster.

The number two and three books on the list were from Carthage Press Managing Editor John Hacker and me, 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado and Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado.

Amazon lists 25 books (not including books that are only available in an e-book format) about the tornado, including the newly-published Joplin Tornado Survival Stories by Emily O'Keefe.

1. I Survived the Joplin Tornado, Lauren Tarshes 3,862
2. 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, Randy Turner and John Hacker 109,760
3. Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado, Randy Turner and John Hacker 251,309
4. 32 Minutes in May, Joplin Globe 676,030
5. Joplin 5:41, Kansas City Star 1,102,252
6. Simple Pleasures, Kenna White 1,233,692
7. Joplin Tornado Survival Stories, Emily O'Keefe 1,361,376
8. Singing Over Me, Danielle Stammer 1,403,321
9. Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado, Carolyn Mueller 1,509,364
10. 5/22: Stories of Survival, Stories of Faith, Scott Hettinger 1,974,511
11. Miracle of the Human Spirit, Mark Rohr 2,130,385
12. When the Sirens Were Silent, Mike Smith 2,237,910
13. Life After the Storm, Debbie Fleitman 2,312,629
14. Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado, Randy Turner 2,396,159
15. Hindsight: Lessons Learned from the Joplin Tornado, Zac Rantz and Stephen Kleinsmith, 2,495,881
16. Tornado Warning: The Extraordinary Women of Joplin, Tamara Hart Heiner, 2,575,934
17. When the Storm Passes, Julie Jett 2,830,623
18. Using Social Media in Disaster Recovery, David Burton, Genevieve Williams, Rebecca Williams, 2,834,630
19. Shatterproof, Katrina Hoover 2,841,944
20. Joplin Missouri: Tornado of May 22, 2011, David Prevatt 3,296,502
21. Scars From the Tornado: One Year at Joplin East Middle School, Randy Turner 3,546,050
22. Out of the Wind, D. Ed Hoggatt, 3,808,455
23. Joplin Tornado House of Hope, Tim Bartow 4,204,581
24. 20th and Rangeline, Thomas Meisinger 5,734,833
25. Mayday in Joplin, Donald Clugston 6,489,479
Copies of 5:41, Spirit of Hope, Scars from the Tornado, and Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud are available at Always Buying Books and Changing Hands Book Shoppe in Joplin, and Pat's Books in Carthage (and are sometimes carried at Vintage Stock on the Mall). 5:41 and Silver Lining are also available at The Book Guy in Joplin. All titles are available in paperback and e-book formats at


Turner is the Anne Frank of the Joplin Tornado said...

There isn't enough whining about the Joplin Tornado of almost six years ago that Turner can't write yet another silly book about it for fun and profit and slander.

ozarkteller said...

Dear 11:33 -- First, it has been "almost" five years, not six. If you wanted to start a firestorm, you could not have done better! It wasn't Turner who wrote the book which inspired this blog. He just happens to have the good taste to promote the works of others while having the good sense to promote his own! You liken him to Anne Frank? Wow, that is pretty heady company! Whining? Really? Some call it healing, which will take many of us a lifetime. It is helpful to be able to read the stories of others; to realize that this was a collective experience...if you didn't live it, perhaps you can't understand. If you did live through it, you are some cold-hearted piece of work! --Diane Humphrey

The Diary of Randy Turner by the Ghost of Fred Phelps said...

You're right, it seems like the Joplin Tornado was over a decade ago and writing books about how much you were traumatized by it is a cottage industry amongst the whining chattering classes around here.

There is a crying need for yet another book by Turner whining about how the Joplin Globe and CJ Huff needed and deserved destruction in that almighty twister which struck down McClelland Park and destroyed the men's rooms which were the places wherein God started to really really hate Joplin and got away scot free while Turner is sitting traumatized with nothing to do but blog and collect them blog posts and thus write yet another book for flatulent Turner-hags to read and for the rest of us to ridicule.

Yes, yes, I see the crying need for yet another Turner book about the tornado right now myself. How could I have been so blind & cold-hearted as to simply want to move forward as opposed to endlessly and witlessly picking away at the unhealed scab a half-decade or so later?

Anonymous said...

11:33 and 2:15...

Do you feel better looking like a fool behind "Anonymous"? Seriously, grow up and move on. Adults who wish to converse and make a situation better are welcome. People who wish to ridicule belong on talk radio. Seriously, read your post and ask yourself how mature you are.

Like or dislike Turner, who cares? Show respect. You sound like the Presidential candidates acting like fools!