One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire

Through stories of Cal Fire personnel and Paradise city administrators, Paradise reveals the humanity behind wildfire disasters that have affected our region. Readers will get a window into the social structures that help and hinder community resiliency. The book powerfully conveys sense of place and connection to nature and community that is part of Northern California identity. While the book generates feelings of empathy and the desire to protect these special places, it is a painful and difficult read.

TRIGGER WARNING: Forensically graphic descriptions of wildfire victims 

432 pages. ©2021.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted August 12, 2022


Very intense. Starts slowly and then as the fire starts roaring, so does the pace of this book. There were a lot of people featured—I wished for a list to refer to. Shows how hard it is to balance protection against fire versus other needs in our communities.


Review posted July 1, 2022


Great Book..Learned a lot that the news did not show


Review posted June 18, 2022


I felt like I was reading a novel rather than a non-fiction. Although I like to read about people who have exciting experiences., it was a scary book for me to read because I live in a forested community. So many of my friends have had to evacuate during the recent fires, but, luckily, none of them have lost their homes.


Review posted June 9, 2022


It was so informative. It gave me an insight to the tragedy of wild fires


Review posted May 5, 2022


As someone who has followed this entire tragedy and worked with so many survivors of these circumstances, this book is enthralling and absolutely worth the read both to hear the story itself but to really humanize and bring the reality to light.