Thursday, December 01, 2016

5:41, KC Star book, Silver Lining top Amazon Joplin Tornado rankings

When my book signing takes place 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Changing Hands Book Shoppe in Joplin, two of the books I will be signing were ranked among the top three non-fiction books about the Joplin Tornado on the Amazon charts as of Wednesday morning.

5:41; Stories of the Joplin Tornado, which I wrote with Carthage Press Managing Editor John Hacker, was at the top of the list, while Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud: Greed, Corruption, and the Joplin Tornado was third.

Those two books and the second-ranked book, the Kansas City Star's Joplin 5:41, were the only Joplin Tornado non-fiction books to crack the top million.

The best selling book about the tornado, as it has been for months, is the fictional I Survived the Joplin Tornado by Lauren Tarshis.


1. 5:41: Randy Turner and John Hacker 162,740
2. Joplin 5:41: Kansas City Star 761,133
3. Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud, Randy Turner 983,163
4. 32 Minutes in May, Joplin Globe 1,005,266
5. Lily: A True Story of Courage and the Joplin Tornado 1,714,085
6. When the Sirens Were Silent, Mike Smith 1,920,713
7. Miracle of the Human Spirit, Mark Rohr 2,246,847
8. Life After the Storm,   Fleitman 2,583,400
9. Hindsight: Lessons Learned from the Joplin Tornado Zac Rantz and Stephen Kleinsmith 2,609,207
10. Singing Over Me, Danielle Stammer 2,665,610
11. Using Social Media in Disaster Recovery, David Burton, Genevieve Williams, Rebecca Williams 3,212,089
12. Spirit of Hope, Randy Turner and John Hacker 3,341,453
13. Tales of the Soul: Joplin May 22 L. E. Stark
14. Joplin Tornado Survival Stories, Emily O'Keefe 3,734,085
15. 5/22: Stories of Survival, Stories of Faith, Scott Hettinger 3,989,087
16. Scars from the Tornado, Randy Turner 4,095,002
17. Joplin Tornado House of Hope, Tim Bartow 5,721,669
18. Joplin MO Tornado of May 22, 2011, David Prevatt and William Coulbourne 5,721,669
19. Mayday in Joplin, Donald Clugston 8,181,290


1. I Survived the Joplin Tornado, Lauren Tarshis 2,714
2. Simple Pleasures, Kenna White 1,127,639
3. Tornado Warning: The Extraordinary Women of Joplin, Tamara Hart Heiner 2,588,133
4. Shatterproof, Katrina Hoover 2,852,922
5. When the Storm Passes, Julie Jett 2,925,407
6. Out of the Wind, D. Ed Hoggatt 4,110,843
7. 20th and Rangeline, Joplin MO, Thomas Meisinger 6,009,940


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