Below the Water Line by Lisa Karlin



A stunning first-hand account of one family’s experiences during and after hurricane Katrina

When Lisa Karlin first heard about the approaching hurricane Katrina, she felt sure it would change course and spare New Orleans, just like all the other hurricanes for the past 40 years had done.

But when the first ever mandatory evacuation orders are given for The Big Easy, it soon becomes overwhelmingly clear that she, and her family, need to get out fast.

Packing the car with basic necessities, Lisa, her husband, two kids, and two dogs, head out in hopes of finding a safe place to wait out the storm. What follows next could never have been anticipated, as the author recounts her personal story of surviving through, and rebuilding after, this unprecedented natural disaster.

Lisa Karlin offers readers a fascinating inside look into the fears, struggles, tragedy, and incredible resilience of the human spirit behind hurricane Katrina and the people of New Orleans. For those of us who knew of Katrina only through the reports and images on TV, we cannot begin to imagine the full extent of what the people in the region went through, but this book offers readers the opportunity to accompany the author and her family through their own unforgettable and emotional experiences both during the storm, and in the wake of Katrina.

Karlin writes with a raw honesty that brings the full reality of the book to life. Written in the present tense, I couldn’t help but feel that I was right there, watching and feeling the events unfold, as I read this incredible book. 

Below The Waterline is a powerful and compelling story that will leave you in awe of the strength of the infamous hurricane that affected so many lives, as well as the equally powerful acts of kindness and compassion of the people who pulled together to help one another during this difficult time. An absolute must-read!

Rating: 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

Lisa Karlin is an oncology nurse who has kept a journal all her life. In August 2005, Lisa and her family evacuated New Orleans for what they thought would be a two-day “hurrication.” She brought her journal along and used it to record her evacuation experiences and document the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In her debut memoir, Lisa provides a first-hand commentary on how everyday life has been impacted by Hurricane Katrina, and how, even a decade later, there are still lingering effects of one of the most devastating events in American history. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, son, and daughter.

You can learn more about her and her book by visiting

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