Wednesday, November 09, 2016

5:41 tops Amazon rankings for Joplin Tornado non-fiction books

When Carthage Press Managing Editor John Hacker and I wrote and collected stories for 5:41, we did so with an eye on providing a book that would tell the stories of survivors and at the same time serve as a valuable resource to historians.

The book, published in August 2011, was the first non-fiction book about the Joplin Tornado, and for most of the last five years it has been the top non-fiction book about the events of May 22, 2011.

That holds true this week as well. In rankings from this morning, 5:41 was at number one among Joplin Tornado non-fiction books, while the number one book among fiction books and the top ranking book in both categories combined is Lauren Tarshis' :I Survived the Joplin Tornado.

Today's rankings:


1. 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, Randy Turner and John Hacker 48,161
2. Joplin 5:41, Kansas City Star 289,511
3. Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado, 622,021
4. When the Sirens Were Silent, Mike Smith 695,663
5. Hindsight: Lessons Learned from the Joplin Tornado, Zac Rantz and Stephen Kleinsmith 1,132,089
6. 32 Minutes in May, Joplin Globe, 1.462.531
7. Miracle of the Human Spirit, Mark Rohr, 1,756,559
8. Life After the Storm, Debbie Fleitman 2,466,785
9. Singing Over Me, Danielle Stammer, 2,549,854
10. Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud: Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado, Randy Turner, 2,709,426
11. Using Social Media in Disaster Recovery, David Burton, Genevieve Williams, Rebecca Williams 3,103,395
12. Spirit of Hope: The Year After the Joplin Tornado, Randy Turner and John Hacker 3,230,264
13. Tales of the Soul: Joplin May 22, L. E. Stark 3,400,592
14. Joplin Tornado Survival Stories, Emily O'Keefe, 3,615,747
15. 5/22: Stories of Survival, Stories of Faith, Scott Hettinger 3,871,669
16. Scars from the Tornado: One Year at Joplin East Middle School, Randy Turner 3,976,494
17. Joplin Tornado House of Hope, Tim Bartow 5,033,288
18. Joplin Missouri Tornado of May 22, 2011, David Prevatt 5,577,819
19. 20th and Rangeline, Joplin, Missouri, Thomas Meisinger, 5,858,555
20. Mayday in Joplin, Donald Clugston 7,939,114


1. I Survived the Joplin Tornado, Lauren Tarshis, 2,671
2. Simple Pleasures, Kenna Wade, 950,895
3. Shatterproof, Katrina Hoover 1,822,383
4. Tornado Warning: The Extraordinary Women of Joplin, Tamara Hart Heiner, 2,469,643
5. When the Storm Passes, Julie Jett 2,502,347
6. Out of the Wind, D. Ed Hoggatt, 3,989,308
7. Butterflies at the Window, Sandi McReynolds 4,379,623
Copies of  5:41, Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, Spirit of Hope, and Scars from the Tornado will be available at my book signing this Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Always Buying Books in Joplin.

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