Below the Water Line
by Lisa Karlin
The one thing in life that is constant is change.In this heartfelt account, Lisa Karlin shares her family’s escape from New Orleans and how they survived hurricane Katrina.The family finds ways of coping with the lack of water, electricity and gridlock. The story continues as they try to rebuild their lives and cope with the changes forced upon them. I am not certain if anyone can really recover from a situation like Katrina. What I found with this book was that this family stuck together, dealt with the changes and came out stronger on the other side.
In this intensely personal and moving memoir, Lisa Karlin provides a gripping account of her family’s hurricane evacuation experiences and all that followed in the decade after Hurricane Katrina. Her story begins in August 2005, when Lisa, her husband, thirteen-year-old daughter, eleven-year-old son, and two dogs evacuated New Orleans for what they thought would be a two-day “hurrication.” Her day-by-day account of the weeks that follow vividly chronicles the unprecedented displacement of thousands of Americans, and on a personal level, describes how her family makes the trifecta of major life decisions: where to live, where to work, and where to enroll their children in school. With unflinching candor, Lisa Karlin provides a first-hand commentary on how everyday life has been impacted by Katrina’s aftermath and how, a decade later, there are still lingering effects of one of the most devastating events in American history.