We had a wee bit of a Boxing Day blizzard here. 7 1/2 inches of snow today, with pretty strong winds blowing it around. While it cannot compare to the Blizzard of ’78 and may not seem very impressive to my Canadian friends, it pretty much brought things to a screeching halt around here. Our county’s emergency management agency has issued travel status of “essential travel only.” So I’ve been quite happily tucked away inside for the day.
Jim Murphy does a great job with upper middle age non-fiction here, just as he did in The Great Fire. While most people have heard of the Great Chicago Fire, however, the New England blizzard of 1888 is unfamiliar territory for most readers. Murphy’s vivid descriptions, primary source material, and use of contemporary illustrations bring this frightening monster storm to life.