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"Like a mournful fairytale, Jennifer Shaw’s beautifully staged tableaux are alternately sweet and menacing, filled with emotion but never spilling over into sentimentality. The poetic marriage of words and photos makes Hurricane Story a children’s book for grown-ups.” —Josh Neufeld, creator of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

"Even if you think you've seen it all where Ka
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Broken Levee Books (first published July 1st 2011)
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Richard Derus
Oct 07, 2011 Richard Derus rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5* of five

The Book Report: Very, very pregnant photographer, husband, dogs, and cats, all escape New Orleans barely ahead of Hurrican Katrina. Son is delivered, family is displaced, much of New Orleans is destroyed, to our lasting national shame, and family returns to rebuild and resume living in the place they love and call home. The story isn't new, and it's not the first time anyone anywhere has told it in this words-and-images fashion.

My Review: But no one else anywhere has Ms. Shaw'
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Tanya
Feb 20, 2017 Tanya rated it really liked it
This book is an artistic telling of a personal tale and perspective on a the national tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Short and absolutely beautiful.
PLOP!
Aug 17, 2011 PLOP! rated it it was amazing
I love several things about this book. One is the paradox of its small size coupled with the largeness of its scope: the richness of its modesty, like a medieval book of hours.

Another wonderful thing about the book is how slyly it fulfills Chin Music Press’s mission to find “new ways to tell stories about our world” at the cusp of the new millennium ... This is a book that has to be a book—a physical book, since the act of paging through it with one’s fingers is essential to the effect of the m
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Kasandra
Oct 26, 2011 Kasandra rated it really liked it
Tells the Katrina story from one family's point of view, simply, sparely, and creatively. Some of these photos completely brought me back to where I was in the harrowing weeks & months post-storm, and I'm sure a lot of "refugees"/"survivors" will be able to relate. The last photo in the book is fantastic, my favorite. Very well done.
Susan
Sep 01, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
Profoundly moving, with a beautiful intro by Rob Walker.
Karen French
This book is poignant and sad at the same time. It tells a story in just a few pages. I really liked it!

I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.
Colleen Twombly Borst
May 17, 2012 Colleen Twombly Borst rated it really liked it
a beautiful, mournful meditation of the trip from and back to New Orleans after the levees broke. Jennifer Shaw's haunting, ethereal images bring a national disaster into the viewers personal space.
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Nov 23, 2011 David rated it it was ok
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I connected with the text, but not the photos. Art happens that way.
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Jennifer Shaw grew up in Milwaukee, earned a BFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, and then moved to New Orleans in pursuit of the artist's life. She teaches the disappearing art of darkroom photography at the Louise S. McGehee School. Shaw was a co-founder of the New Orleans Photo Alliance and directs the annual PhotoNOLA festival, in addition to chasing after two young sons.

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