Book Review: 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories From The Japan Earthquake

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2:46: Aftershocks by  The quakebook community and Our Man in Abiko
Genre: Non Fiction
ISBN: 978-0956883629
Published: May 4, 2011
Publisher: Enhanced Editions
Pages: 102


 In just over a week, a group of unpaid professional and citizen journalists who
met on Twitter created a book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake
and tsunami relief efforts. In addition to essays, artwork and photographs
submitted by people around the world, including people who endured the disaster
and journalists who covered it, 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan
Earthquake contains a piece by Yoko Ono, and work created specifically for the
book by authors William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein.

 “The primary
goal,” says the book’s editor, a British resident of Japan, “is to record the
moment, and in doing so raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society to help
the thousands of homeless, hungry and cold survivors of the earthquake and
tsunami. The biggest frustration for many of us was being unable to help these
victims. I don’t have any medical skills, and I’m not a helicopter pilot, but I
can edit. A few tweets pulled together nearly everything – all the participants,
all the expertise – and in just over a week we had created a book including
stories from an 80-year-old grandfather in Sendai, a couple in Canada waiting to
hear if their relatives were okay, and a Japanese family who left their home,
telling their young son they might never be able to return.”

of the price you pay (net of VAT, sales and other taxes) goes to the Japanese
Red Cross Society to aid the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. If
you’d like to donate more, please visit the Japanese Red Cross Society website,
where you can donate either via Paypal or bank transfer (watch out for the fees,
though!) or the American Red Cross Society, which accepts donations directed to
its Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund (but only accepts donations made
with U.S.-issued credit cards). And of course, if you like the book, please tell
your friends, and tell them to give generously as well! Thank you! Japan really
does appreciate your help!

My Thoughts

I saw this book was published pretty quickly after the earthquake & tsunami and I also saw that all the money raised goes to helping those in need. This all happened about 2 months before we were to move to Japan.

This book really is amazing, it’s stories that you never heard on the news, at least in the states, peoples accounts of where they were when it all happened. Granted everyone was going about normal everyday life but I believe natural disaster is more scary and deadly than anything humans could dream up and this book speaks volumes to that.

It is sad, all the stories as each person reacted differently and each life was impacted differently. The common bonds of each story is the desire to help others, to reach out to your neighbors and those you don’t know. Needs are needs.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. It may be too much for some people, especially if you were impacted by the earthquake & tsunami personally. It is a book you can read in one sitting or read over time. I could not put it down though.



2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. parsnip July 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    I have not read this book yet. Having family in Japan I lived it through them. I will read it but not yet.

    Thank You for the review.

    My Japanese son who lives in Nishinomiya, near Osaka, was going to participate in this book but missed the dead line. He was getting a photo printed and sent to a special show/action in Atlanta at a Gallery of a friend.
    He has the book on his blog sidebar. He recommends this book also.

    Daughter and I support an animal rescue group in Japan that really works as they have done this before, dealing with animals lost after Kobe quake and now the Tohoku Region Quake.

    Animal Refuge Kansai, Elizabeth Oliver runs this group

    cheers, parsnip

  2. nonna ivana July 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Ciao Roseann!
    A very good book and its goal is generous, there is so much to do to helping so many people who suffered the big catastophe!
    Big hugs!!!

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