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A stunning graphic novel that makes plain the undeniable horrors and humanity triggered by Hurricane Katrina in the true stories of six New Orleanians who survived the storm.

A.D. follows each of the six from the hours before Katrina struck to its horrific aftermath. Here is Denise, a sixth-generation New Orleanian who will experience the chaos of the Superdome; the Doctor,

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Hardcover, 197 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Pantheon
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Melki
This graphic novel follows the lives of a good cross section of people before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina.

The characters I found most interesting were Abbas, who along with his friend Darnell, decides to stay in the city to protect his convenience store from looters, Denise and her relatives who end up being shunted to the convention center, and a wealthy doctor who throws a "hurricane party" at his French Quarter home.

It's something of a nerve wracking read. You know bad things are go...more
oriana
#16 for Jugs & Capes!

Two spooky things happened surrounding the reading of this book. The first was that—completely by chance, I swear—we scheduled our bookclub meeting on the actual anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The second was that the week before said meeting, New York had our very own super-mega-huge-ass hurricane… Well, that’s what we were led to believe was coming, anyhow, that Irene was howling toward us with her screaming rage, ready to visit upon our city destruction of a magnitu...more
Teresa
What I said of Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story can be said of this book: Though its author "isn't from New Orleans, he got every non-fictional detail of the days immediately following the levee failures after Hurricane Katrina right, even down to the types of people who live in the section of N.O. he concentrated on. Amazingly accurate." Perhaps it's even more amazing in this book, since it is completely non-fictional, relating the experiences of seven real people who come from five different par...more
rhea
I met Josh Neufeld when I bought this, I was just going to borrow a friend's copy but while talking to him I picked it up and had him sign it. He was there signing because this had just come out in paperback. It was at a comic shop, Crescent City Comics, that is in a different location after Katrina and still a great shop, if not better by now! One of the characters, Leo, works there now is a nice guy who is ready to talk to you about comics and everything when you go into the store. At the orig...more
Dan
The artwork was beautiful but, after reading Zeitoun and watching Treme along with Spike Lee's documentaries on Katrina, I'd already heard the majority of what is covered in this comic.

I wanted something that went deeper into the people's lives. This seemed to just skim the surface. There were a few good parts where each person's life and personality came through (especially with the comic book lover, its almost as if the creator could relate). I wanted a whole comic full of those moments, endi...more
Malbadeen
spoiler alert -
the city floods.

okay, I admit I knew that before I read the book but I hate to say I was embarrassed by things this book brought to my attention, things I hadn't considered before. Things that made sad and horrified and all that jazz.

I mean nature can suck and government can suck and that's nothing new but for whatever reason seeing it panel by panel while following specific people made it feel more real than a lot of other stuff I've seen. Maybe I need to watch the news more- ?...more
Amanda
I read this in a day. However it is a graphic novel. But I could not put it down. I stayed up past my bedtime to finish the last 40 pages last night. A nice story. I actually didn't know much of what went on during Katrina so this gave a little bit of a perspective. It is an actually account from a few survivors who stayed instead of evacuating. Well there was one family who evacuated and told their side.
Robin
This was a really fantastic chronicle of a real-life event. Being in the midst of hurricane season now, this book reminds me that we are not safe from the force of nature. Great illustrations and interesting characters (based on real people, according to the author's note)make this a great book.
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Cybil Awards nominee. I'm on the panel for GNs this year (09)

Summary: Follows the lives of seven individuals before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. Each of these people come from different walks of life giving very different experiences as they share the same devastation of a natural disaster.

Comments: The book is quite powerful, especially the beginning and middle. The coming of the storm is handled very dramatically with wordless panels and was my favourite part of the...more
Jacki
I thought this book effectively accomplished its goal: it showed a small cross-section of the horrors of life in and out of New Orleans right after Katrina. I think it's less important at this time than it will be in the future, when it can serve as a reminder long after the news footage has been forgotten.

That said, oh, wow, the use of color was atrocious. The illustrations are done in a single color at a time, and the colors alternate every few pages. At first I assumed each character had thei...more
Monica
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Dionisia
Dec 09, 2012 Dionisia rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone, Anyone, You
Recommended to Dionisia by: Goodreads
"Look, tonight we can sleep on the tool shed. And then there's the roof. That's 14 feet. And if it gets real bad, we can hang onto the telephone pole. That's like 20 feet above ground." -Abbas

"How can this be happening? Don't the authorities know about us? DON'T THEY CARE?" -Denise

"Look at me. I've only got about $100 in my checking account. What if I didn't have a credit card? $100 ain't gonna buy much gas. What these idiots don't realize is that when the evacuations were called, it was only th...more
Samantha Glasser
After Hurricane Katrina it was impossible to turn on the news without hearing about it, the devastation, the displacement, the deaths, and the conspiracy theories about the government intentionally targeting New Orleans. It is impossible to go into reading this book without a pre-conceived idea of what it will be. That being said, the author did a tremendous job of choosing subjects from different walks of life with different experiences. There is a doctor, a convenience store owner, a counselor...more
Pamela
Wow--I started reading this book half an hour before the end of the work day (it was a slow work day), and I couldn't stop reading until the very end, an hour after everyone else went home. I was dimly aware of what was going on in New Orleans 4 years ago, but being from New England, where the worst we get are tropical storms, I really had little appreciation for how thoroughly a hurricane can tear at a city. More shocking is the latter 2/3 of the book, wherein we see first-hand accounts of how...more
Laura Christensen kavanaugh
This was an excellent non-fiction account that followed seven people's experiences preparing for, during and after hurricane Katrina. Neufeld interviewed many survivors but settled on these seven to represent a wide range of experiences and perspectives, which he does with a keen, journalistic voice while telling their stories. He addresses the emotional impacts of the storm with grace as we share these people's love for their city, New Orleans. Neufeld uses color in a unique way by giving each...more
Emily
I've read a good deal about Katrina and this book and it's simple telling of the stories of several New Orleans residents before, during and after Katrina is one of the best. It managed to find new ways to sadden and outrage me, in particular the story of Denise, who stayed and experienced the horror of the Convention Center. The artwork is powerful; the depictions of the scope of the widespread physical destruction are balanced with the emotions on the faces of the individuals who faced the des...more
Kathryn
Tells the story of a handful of individuals prior to and after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the levees broke. No matter how many times these stories are told they still fill me with horror. The poor will always be with us and it seems we only pay lip service to caring about it. We need books like this that put a human face on such events and make us look at ourselves too. The graphic novel format really lends itself to this story and was well executed.
Tuck
an affecting and informative novel about 5 (plus) characters who go through hurricane katrina. it ain't pretty folks, still in 2011, there is lots of malfunction and lost services and culture. If you have any teensy bit of heart this novel will get your forehead all hot and make you cry probably. only 3 star for the clunky speech Leo gives about how important his comic books are to him even though he has to leave them behind when he evacuates the city.
Jeffrey
Another look into the Katrina disaster, taking you inside to the lives of various people who had different experiences and were affected in various ways. Josh Neufeld's art is clear and emotive, with some nice visual sequences, and tells the story/stories in true page turning fashion, such that I ended up reading in a single sitting despite my intention to read the first little section before going to bed...
Julie Knutson
Really remarkable. Neufeld's a skilled craftsman who delivers seven diverse experiences of Katrina and its aftermath. All are well-told; in particular, Denise's story - especially the re-telling of her experiences at the Convention Center - clarifies what *actually* happened, with untold truths about how "looters" and "thugs" provided basic resources and needs when FEMA failed.
Franklin Park Public Library
The true stories of seven Hurricane Katrina survivors are presented in this amazing graphic novel. Readers get a glimpse into each person's life hours before the storm hits, then during the devastation that follows. Each person reacts differently to the storm; one is forced to take shelter in the Superdome, another evacuates New Orleans at the last minute, and one person even hosts a hurricane party. Their stories are tragic, yet gripping, and readers will find themselves quickly turning pages t...more
Kirsten
This is an incredibly well-realised account of the experiences of a group of survivors. I was totally absorbed as well as amazed to learn that the "thugs" looting the city after the floods were actually helping more than the troops deployed by making sure people got water and medicine, something the mainstream media failed to report. I do question the author jumping to the conclusion that because the family at the Super Dome didn't see any rape that it didn't happen, but I don't know who was mak...more
Marta Boksenbaum
This is an extremely powerful book. It reads like a documentary in graphic novel form. The use of line and color portrays the lives of those who experienced hurricane Katrina in a powerfully emotional way.
James Clark
It was quite eye-opening to learn some of the personal stories that came out of the tragedy of Katrina. All in all very good.
Carol
Devastating, all over again.
Michelle Valdez
A chilling true graphic novel by Josh Neufeld looks into the lives of 6 survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Chapter one's nonverbal account of the growth of Katrina, the land fall, the distruction and finally, the flooding that followed is a chilling tale that high school students should read. This is a unique way for students to experience what families and individuals must go through in order to prepare for the storm, tough decisions that must be made on whether to evacuate or stay, and the afterm...more
A. Gamble
Oct 02, 2010 A. Gamble rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to A. Gamble by: Donated to the Nadine Vorhoff library
Shelves: new-orleans
A clear recollection of Katrina that tells the story the way it should be told: through the eyes of those who lived it, with absolute honesty.

The build-up to the storm, with drawings of NOLA and Biloxi pre-storm and post-storm, are a remarkable visual experience. They do justice to the graphic part of the novel. I would have liked to see some drawings of Waveland, MS, but hey. The point was made.

I live in New Orleans and it is coming back with a vengeance, but parts of it stand much emptier th...more
Corinne
Seven Stories.

Seven lives that are, irrevocably, changed by Hurricane Katrina.

In A.D. New Orleans, Josh Neufeld puts pen to paper to tell, in graphic novel format, the true tales of seven different people who survived Katrina - either by evacuating, by being rescued off a roof, by ending up being transported by bus to Houston via the Convention Center or by just holding tight.

From the beginning, it's like a train wreck - you don't want to look, but you can't help it. You want to scream at them,...more
John
It may be that this perfectly fine look at New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, told through the stories of six NOLA residents, suffers in my eyes from the fact that I've recently read Zeitoun -- but I can't help that. The fact it, after David Eggers' incredible and heartbreaking recounting of Abdulrahmad Zeitoun's experiences, this just feels a little thin. And while Neufeld is an accomplished author of graphic non-fiction, I'm not sure this topic lends itself in any obvious way to t...more
Emily I
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Josh Neufeld is a comics journalist known for his graphic narratives of political and social upheaval, told through the voices of witnesses. He is the writer/artist of the bestselling nonfiction graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (Pantheon). In addition, he is the illustrator of the bestselling graphic nonfiction book The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (W.W. Norto...more
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