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This Is Chance!

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This Is Chance! by Jon Mooallem
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Mar 24, 2020 | ISBN 9780525509912

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“A beautifully wrought and profoundly joyful story of compassion and perseverance.”—Buzzfeed
 
“It’s an inspiring portrait of one woman who embraced and mitigated a crisis situation; a beautiful exploration of how people tell stories on the radio, on stage, in books, and generally to each other; and a suddenly very relevant and optimistic description of how humans act when confronted with sudden, world-changing circumstances.”—Wired
 
“The central event occurred half a century ago. But the parallels between that moment and this one felt unmistakable.”—Michael Barbaro, The New York Times
 
“This is a story about what makes us human.”—Anchorage Daily News
 
“No matter who you are, no matter what your reading tastes . . . This is Chance! will speak directly to you at this moment in time.”—Seattle Review of Books
 
“Jon Mooallem’s beautiful new book . . . left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.”—Samin Nosrat, in Grubstreet
 
“A great story of how even strangers can come together to promote healing in times of crisis.” - Forbes
“Jon Mooallem . . . brings to life one heroine’s story that inspired hope, kindness and altruism . . . put[s] the quake to words with an authenticity that could trick most any Alaskan into thinking the author had lived through it . . . This Is Chance! resonates at its core, a deeply moving ideology about a community facing uncertainty and change, in a world otherwise perceived to be safe and predictable.”—Anchorage Press
 
“It’s a feel-good story about a community pulling together to respond to an unprecedented disaster.”—St. Louis Public radio
 
“A master of narrative nonfiction . . . puts his narrative know-how to work depicting a community at the mercy of nature.”—California magazine
 
“A picture of a community coming together in the face of tragedy [that] seems to offer a blueprint for us now: a possible route forward, when previously unthinkable environmental and political catastrophes seem to have become a daily occurrence.”—Outside

“Jon Mooallem is one of the most intelligent, compassionate, and curious authors writing today. I would go on any adventure that his mind embarks upon, knowing that I was being led by the ablest of guides.”—Elizabeth Gilbert

“With grace and command, Jon Mooallem illuminates the near-divine existential interchange between wonder and horror, fate and self-determination. I teared up reading it, getting to know Genie Chance, a perfectly named hero—grateful to brush up against the extraordinary and unforgotten.”—Jia Tolentino, bestselling author of Trick Mirror

This Is Chance! is funny, poignant, and surprising: It takes an all-too-familiar story of a woman whose work is fundamental but long forgotten and turns it on its head.”—Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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