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A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

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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 D/>
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Hardcover, 197 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Pantheon
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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
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Greg
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Greg Brozeit
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in getting a visceral perspective from New Orleanians as the events associated with Hurricane Katrina were happening, this is a great starting point. A.D., short for “After the Deluge,” is a gripping graphic account. Josh Neufeld, who was one of the artists who worked with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor , demonstrates the power that drawings can have when accompanied by authentic dialogue.

I reread this as I watched the events of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and west Louisia
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Melki
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t
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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 ma
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Teresa
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 parts of ...more
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
One of the best books I have ever read about Hurricane Katrina - sad yet uplifting stories of loss and survival in a disaster compounded by indifference and lack of leadership at all levels of government.
rhea
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Zeller
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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Dionisia
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 call
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Dan
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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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Pamela
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
Malbadeen
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Amanda
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Kathryn
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Julie Knutson
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Trey Piepmeier
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Robin
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
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 charac
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Monica
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Samantha Glasser
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aaron
Jan 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
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
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Lisa
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it
When you hear the name Katrina, what do you think? I always remember Hurricane Katrina and the horrors of the destruction in FL and New Orleans. I followed the saga on the news, donated $$ to help the people I heard were stuck in the Superdome without food or water--and I was disgusted with the local, state, and federal (Good job Brownie!)agencies and leaders.

The story of a handful of real people is told in this graphic novel. Do you think comic book when I say graphic novel? Please
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Quantrell Young
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Josh Neufeld is my favorite author right now because his characters are realistic and they tells about real life stories that have occurred. In A.D. New Orleans After The Deluge, Josh Neufeld tells true stories of survival in the days leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina and how a lady name Denise is a sixth-generation New Orleanian with a master's degree in guidance and counseling and when katrina strikes, she is living with her mother, Louise(a surgical tech at Memorial Baptist Hospit ...more
D.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent example of comics as journalism, this graphic novel follows seven people from diverse backgrounds as they deal with life before, during, and after Katrina. The artwork and text are simple, and tell each person's story with clarity and insight. If anything, I wish the author had delved a little deeper into each of the characters, but it works well as a thought-provoking glimpse at a complicated and tragic story.
Renice
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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Nnedi
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this is an amazing piece of work. brilliant and honest. a wonderful addition to the documentation of hurricane katrina and it's aftermath. and simply good storytelling.
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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. Norton). He was a 2013 ...more