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A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

by Josh Neufeld

Rated: High

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 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, with our wonderful hindsight, to GET OUT but of course, who could have imagined such a disaster? So, it’s not easy to read or look at. It makes you uncomfortable. It makes you worry about how you would handle situations like these people actually faced, in real life. It makes you question the actions of our government. It tunes you in to the fact that sometimes, there is damage that just cannot be made right, that even if you get the electricity back on and a bed to sleep in again, that when your world is literally washed away, you will just never be the same.

Rated: High, for language

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

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  • A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
  • by Josh Neufeld
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Nonfiction
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