Camp Fire book reviews | The Biblio File – Chico Enterprise-Record

Journalists, poets, photographers, artists and ordinary citizens have documented the profound and lasting impact of the Campfire. Here are the books we covered in the Biblio file, with excerpts from my reviews; For more information, check out the column archive at

“The Camp Fire 2018: Living on the Ridge” by Paula Link
“Link summarizes some of the harrowing accounts of escape on YouTube and there are dozens of full-color photos.”

“Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire” by Lizzie Johnson
“Johnson’s story, the fruit of 500 interviews, is unparalleled in its gripping emotional intensity, taking readers deep into the lives of mostly working-class Ridge residents that fateful Thursday.”

“After/Ashes: A Camp Fire Anthology” edited by John LaPine
“As the editors write in a new anthology of prose, poetry and images – a creative response to the Campfire – it took seventeen days to contain it all.”

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The Camp Fire: Dreams, Nightmares, Hopes” by JR Henson
“His escape on the day of the fire is more disturbing because his truck is low on fuel. … He follows his emotional journey through poems and essays ….”

“I Escaped the California Camp Fire” by Scott Peters and SD Brown
“The story is a fictionalized version of the fire based on published reports.”

“Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy” by Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano
“Together, on the basis of hundreds of interviews, they tell the story of the Campfire with skill and equality.”

People, Places & Pieces of Paradise” by Douglas Keister
“Keister created beautiful images that capture the soul of Paradise….”

Paradise Isn’t Lost: Embracing Resilience in the Face of Loss” by Kari Carter
“There are losses, from family members to precious possessions, even her marriage. Yet she finds resilience.”

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“My Name is Haley and I Live in Paradise” written and illustrated by Steve Ferchaud
“Paradise Memories in a Children’s Book for All Ages.”

“The California Camp Fire: Reflections and Remnants” by photographer Ron Schwager
“…a masterpiece that will make readers pause and reflect with every turn of the page.”

“California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric – and What Is Means for America’s Power Grid” by Katherine Blunt
“… a measured, and yet devastating, history of PG&E.”

“Burnt Offerings” by illustrator Steve Ferchaud
“After the fire, he decided to compile all 62 sketches into a book, the proceeds of which would go to help Camp Fire survivors.”

“Burn Scar: A Contemporary Disaster Thriller” by TJ Tao (Michael J. Orr)
After surviving the fire, the author offers a fictionalized version set in Idaho.

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Paradise Found: A High School Football Team’s Rise from the Ashes” by Bill Plaschke
“Report on the Bobcats’ first football season after the campfire.”

“Fire on the Ridge: A Collection of Poems” by Bill Hartley
The destruction of Joy Lyn’s Candies, and poems to release grief.

“From the Ashes: One Survivor’s Story in the Aftermath of Two Historic Wildfires” by Antoinette Peppler
The Hall Fire in 2016, then the Campfire.

“Where to next?” By Joan Goodreau
From evacuations to a pandemic, the Chico poet asks a profound question.

“The Sound of the Snow Geese: A True Story of Surviving California’s Deadliest Wildfire” by Dax Meredith
“… caught in the campfire when she and one of her young sons fled from Magalia to Paradise.”

Dan Barnett teaches philosophy at Butte College. Send review requests to [email protected] Columns archived at


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