Literature

Range of literary works examine Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath

The catastrophic storm and its impact have been chronicled and analyzed in memoirs, children’s books, photo collections and scholarly works.

Hurricane Harvey Rescue
Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA
This file photo shows first responders conducting a rescue in the Houston area during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, in the late summer of 2017.

Every year, when late August rolls around, Kevin M. Fitzpatrick reflects on Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. And his memories remain vivid and intense, even though he was not directly impacted and was not on the Texas Gulf Coast when the powerful storm made landfall and caused unprecedented flooding in the Houston region.

Fitzpatrick, a sociology professor at the University of Arkansas, visited Houston and other locales along the coast in the months after the 2017 storm to conduct research and interviews for a book he co-authored with a colleague. "Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath: Place, Race, and Inequality in Disaster Recovery" was published in 2020 and examines inequities in recovery and community support along racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines.

"Very impactful," Fitzpatrick said of his experience. "I spent a lot of time talking to people right outside their homes that were destroyed. I do think about that every year."

Five years after Harvey, a number of literary works have been published that chronicle the hurricane, its impact on the region, recovery efforts and accounts of both heartache and heroism. Some books, like Fitzpatrick's, look at the storm through an academic lens, while there also are children's books, faith-based works and photobooks about the storm.

Here is a list of some of the Harvey-related books that have been published:

MEMOIRS

Against the Storm: A Harvey Story

Author: Greg Etzel

Year published: 2018

Breathing Again: A Hurricane Harvey Memoir

Author: Rachael Valka

Year published: 2018

Harvey Hit Here

Author: Mike Probst

Year published: 2018

Heroes, Hope, and High Water: Life Lessons in Turbulent Times

Author: Bill Baldwin

Year published: 2022

Hurricane Harvey Lowku

Author: Elaine Parker Adams

Year published: 2019

Hurricane Harvey, Houston and Heroism: Celebrating the Compassion, Caring and Goodness of Ethical Intelligence in Action

Author: John T. Opincar

Year published: 2017

Royal Resilience: Our Story of Surviving and Thriving After Hurricane Harvey

Author: Kendra Kinnison

Year published: 2018

SCHOLARLY WORKS

Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath: Place, Race, and Inequality in Disaster Recovery

Authors: Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Matthew L. Spielak

Year published: 2020

More City Than Water: A Houston Flood Atlas

Editors: Lacy M. Johnson, Cherly Beckett

Year published: 2022

PHOTOBOOKS

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate

Author: Julia Sillett

Year published: 2018

Hurricane Harvey and His Sisters: Hurricanes of 2017

Authors: Various

Year published: 2018

FAITH-BASED BOOKS

God is Real: Faith, Hope, and Relief During Hurricane Harvey

Author: Maria Flores

Year published: 2019

Hurricane Harvey Aftermath: Satan's Gambit

Author: Howard Sutherland

Year published: 2019

Water Breaking Faith: The Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey's Path

Author: Lady Mary Hatter

Year published: 2018

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Everything Is Going to Be All Right: A Book About Hurricane Harvey

Author: Susan Langlois

Year published: 2019

Hurricane Harvey

Author: James Doyle

Year published: 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Disaster in Texas and Beyond

Author: Rebecca Felix

Year published: 2018

Thank You, Hurricane Harvey

Author: Heather Spears Kallus

Year published: 2018

They Called Him Harvey: A Hurricane Harvey Story

Author: Jennifer Hayek, Landon Hayek

Year published: 2017

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