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A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

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Now in paperback, The New York Times best-selling graphic nonfiction masterpiece depicting the lives of seven New Orleanians before, during, and just after Hurricane Katrina.

Best American Comics, 2010
Mother Jones Top Books of 2009
Daily Beast Recommends
New York Best Comics of 2009, Runner Up
MTV.com Best Nonfiction Comic of 2009
San Francisco Chronicle “Best in Comics”


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Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Pantheon (first published 2009)
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Licha She mentions at one point that her mother is the only one who can afford to live on her own. Denise and her niece can't afford to do so.

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Diane
Oct 27, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was working in a newsroom when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005. I remember the ominous breaking news alerts that the levees had failed and the city was being flooded.

The stories and pictures from the city were grim — people drowned in their homes because the water rose so fast; others were stranded on rooftops, sometimes waiting days to be rescued. And thousands took shelter at the Louisiana Superdome, which quickly became overwhelmed by the humanity.

The book "A.D.: New Orlea
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Greg
Jan 09, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This powerful graphic novel interweaves the true stories of 7 separate people who survived Hurricane Katrina, beginning before the storm and continuing through the aftermath. Some searing moments, especially in the horrifying aftermath, hordes of people dumped at the Convention Center with no food or water, buses promised again and again that finally arrived only to drop off more people at the Convention Center instead of taking anyone away.

My only complaint is that I would've liked even more st
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Melki
Jul 19, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it
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
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Oriana
Aug 11, 2013 Oriana rated it liked it
#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
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Teresa
May 22, 2011 Teresa rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2011 rhea rated it really liked it
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
Dov
Aug 03, 2015 Dov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just about ten years after the hurricane I am finally reading this book. It has been on my reading list for a while. Pretty much since it came out 6 years ago. I've read excerpts of it somewhere. Maybe in a "Best American Comics" anthology? I'm glad I read it and have this strange feeling that I know all the people in it, and I certainly care about what happens to them, which I suppose says something about the quality of the illustrating/writing.

I appreciated the documentary style of this book.
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Dan
Dec 23, 2010 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, non-fiction
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
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Jacki
Jul 10, 2010 Jacki rated it liked it
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
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Aaron
Dec 30, 2015 Aaron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Reading this made me feel like a snob because at every turn I was trying to ignore my suggestions of what would make this story much more powerful. This book is drawn decently well but overall the stories are shallow and predictable and I didn't feel all that much for any of the characters. The most heartbreaking parts just didn't sing like they could have if the author had spent more time providing meditative material for the reader. The dialogue was often clunky and... seemed inaccurate in pla ...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- ?
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Amanda
Jul 07, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Julie Knutson
Aug 21, 2009 Julie Knutson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robin
Aug 27, 2009 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jessica
May 20, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, Josh Neufeld‘s A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge provides an inside look into the lives of seven of the hurricane survivors — from people who evacuated and stayed with relatives, to people who stay behind because they think it couldn’t be that bad. The true stories this graphic novel tells are about people from all walks of life, including a Caucasian doctor, an African-American high school student, and an Iranian convenience store operator. Just as their bac ...more
Laura Schmigel
This graphic novel of 5 families surviving Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, or their evacuations, pulls the reader in. I cried through the Superdome section.
A warning, however: the text contains a lot of strong language. Most of it comes from the same character. The afterward reports the characters are real people and the text comes from interviews with them, so the profanity is probably from the source. This hinders my ability to recommend it.
My local library includes the book in the YA sect
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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
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Monica
Sep 11, 2009 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dionisia
Dec 09, 2012 Dionisia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Samantha Glasser
Mar 22, 2013 Samantha Glasser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Licha
Apr 03, 2015 Licha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Once I picked this up I could not put it down until I finishd it. This was an engaging story about five different groups of people that lived through Hurricaine Katrina. It's devastating to see the destruction left in its wake. I can't imagine how hard it must have been for people to leave their homes behind, all your memories, your belongings, having to relocate. It makes you realize how frail life is, one second you're alive, the next your whole life could be topsy-turvy.
Pamela
Aug 29, 2009 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Kate
Feb 14, 2016 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a whole lot going on here and the being overwhelmed is probably the best sentiment to feel as you page through. The magnitude of the damage and the loss and the madness is palpable here as you follow different people who either stayed or left and what happened to them afterwards. What really stands out is who is home, who isn't home, and whether or not those who got back actually are home.
Trey Piepmeier
Dec 06, 2015 Trey Piepmeier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was beautiful comic (because of and in spite of the sad and disturbing subject matter). It was impossible to put down after I started reading it. I expected there to be a bit more of a through line or narrative here, but since it was just documenting things that really happened, I guess that was expecting too much.
Isaac Timm
Feb 18, 2016 Isaac Timm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2016
A small glimpse into 2005, the full effects are still in play. Children of Katrina were carried in the disporia up into Logan, Utah and places more distant. I can't forget the elderly and disabled who died trapped in houses, hospital rooms and in the street. What was allowed to happen in New Orleans in 2005 is one more scar on our nation.
Laura Christensen kavanaugh
Aug 12, 2012 Laura Christensen kavanaugh rated it really liked it
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
Matt Godfrey
Sep 22, 2015 Matt Godfrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really strong account of what it was like during and after the storm. A great format to present the story in!
Olivia
Dec 02, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had heard great things about this book, and as usual, I finally stumbled upon it in the library. Readable in one sitting, this is one of those books that entirely captures you.

I can't fathom what these people went through and the simple, wood-block like images said more than one would think. I suppose this is a good example of Scott McCloud's argument that simplistic, cartoonish characters allow the reader to identify with them more. You see these post-apocalyptic scenes and then suddenly real
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Ian Wood
Aug 27, 2015 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
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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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