Frozen State  

Frozen State

Nancy Grant says, "I will never forget the explosive sound at my place as the first tree limb cracked under its load of ice, soon followed by entire trees crashing down to the snowy fields–a cascade of ear-shattering, heart-breaking snaps, gunshot-like cracks and rumbling, wrenching thuds that continued for 36 hours amid freezing rain, sleet, blasts of wind and more snow. The power went off at 5:15 Wednesday morning, the indoor temperature dropped to 50 degrees by Thursday morning, and late that afternoon we abandoned our home to camp out with family 40 miles away. No power there, either, but we huddled around their fireplace and made do until the middle of the next week."

"Working with Robin Roenker and Debra Gibson, plus designer Tim Furnish, to research and produce this book was one of the most demanding and satisfying projects I’ve ever been involved in," Grant says. "From the advance planning that electric co-ops have in place to respond to emergencies and natural disasters, to the technical details of rebuilding thousands of miles of power lines and poles, to the just plain old hard work in awful physical conditions, the words and photos in this book show that Americans still know how to get the job done –and do it with a cheerful attitude. I am proud to bring these unsung heroes' work to the attention of readers everywhere."