With a hurricane approaching, anticipating possibly a few days without power and without television, entertainment is important. Booze helps of course, as do board games, and we think it’s important to have a few good books on hand as well. Of course you’ll need candles or flashlights to read them by, but that just makes it all the more cozy. Below are some suggestions that either feature hurricanes or major storms at the heart of their plot. Stay safe, and keep those books dry.
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
This National Book Award Winner by a Mississippi Gulf Coast native has an impending hurricane at the center of its plot.
Cape Fear (or The Executioners) by John D. MacDonald
We’ve all seen the movie with Robert DeNiro playing psychopath Max Cady and maybe even the original with Gregory Peck, but this story of terror on the North Carolina Coast is all based on a 1957 book.
Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson
Especially appropriate for Isaac, this account of Texas’s chief weatherman Isaac Cline during the 1900 storm that hit Galveston shows how far we’ve come in terms of tracking hurricanes.
Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
Another story set on the North Carolina coast, this one depicts two people falling in love inside a ramshackle inn as a major storm approaches.
Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
This popular lowcountry author’s latest summer read about a mother and her son returning to Sullivan’s Island ends with a big storm.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
A central part of Hurston’s classic novel, the hurricane in this story represents more than just a storm and causes characters like Tea Cake and Janie to question who they are and what their place in the universe is.
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway’s 1937 novel about Key West fishing boat captain Harry Morgan includes lots of small storms, both physical and theoretical, and shows how a man’s relationship with the sea can make or break him.
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Eggers’ nonfiction book tells the story of a Syrian-American in New Orleans who rides out the storm in his home Uptown. After helping to rescue friends and neighbors, he is eventually arrested and accused of terrorist activity.
Did we leave out your favorite book about a storm? Comment and tell us!