Being in the Shadow: Stories of the First-time Total Eclipse Experience


A narrative non-fiction book describes six individuals about to experience their first total solar eclipse. A must-read for eclipse virgins!

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Being in the Shadow (8 June 2017)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 144 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 199970780X

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1999707804

This book describes what it is like to experience one of nature’s most spectacular events, using the personal stories of people like you. By being in the right place at the right time, these individuals shuddered with fear and anticipation as the light dimmed, the temperature dropped, and then suddenly, their world plunged into an eerie darkness. They gazed in awe at the eclipsed Sun, feeling connected and unexpectedly gaining new life insights.

After reading these personal stories, you will understand why you must get into the path of totality to experience a total solar eclipse at least once in your life. But be warned – once may not be enough.



TaleOfTwoCities.  5.0 out of 5 stars – If you want to EXPERIENCE totality rather than read arcane scientific explanations of it, THIS IS THE BOOK!

I just finished reading “Being in the Shadow,” and all I can say is WOW. I’ve read many books in preparation for the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, and this one is so much better than others I’ve read that focus on the teeniest, tiniest scientific details but largely ignore the EXPERIENCE that most people are seeking. No wonder many people decide that they will just skip eclipse day even if they’re in the path of totality or near enough that traveling to it will not put an undue burden on them. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

5.0 out of 5 stars – A must read for all

Over a year ago I found Dr. Kate Russo’s work on community planning and preparing for the eclipse. She wrote about how the emotional reaction can be surprising, awe inspiring. Reading Being in The Shadow has excited me even more for this coming event. The narratives were well written and the whole book flowed nicely. The stories were broken up in a way that allowed me as a reader to think about each of the different moments of preparation, decision, and response.

I think as this eclipse approaches people should be looking for more and more information to understand what to expect and Being in The Shadow should be at the top of their lists.

spacelaser – 5.0 out of 5 stars – A great introduction to the total eclipse experience for those wondering what all the fuss is about.

I like the storytelling style. It is the introduction chapter that really puts this event into perspective and then narrative chapters drive this home. We can easily find many articles and books about the mechanics of eclipses and basic advice on safety, etc. with regard to viewing an eclipse. But this book really gives the flavor of the experience. Actually, those of us who give eclipse talks – all the informal and formal educators – should read it as a classic rendition of prose that hits all the notes and makes the eclipse come alive. We can only hope to share the enthusiasm and excitement found in the stories collected by this author.




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