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Hurricane Story

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"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
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Broken Levee Books (first published July 1st 2011)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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'
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
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.
Colleen Twombly Borst
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.
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.
I connected with the text, but not the photos. Art happens that way.
Profoundly moving, with a beautiful intro by Rob Walker.
WOefully overhyped...
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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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