A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

by Josh Neufeld


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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”

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
is a masterful portrait of a city under siege. Cartoonist Josh Neufeld depicts seven extraordinary true stories of survival in the days leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina.

Here we meet Denise, a counselor and social worker, and a sixth-generation New Orleanian; “The Doctor,” a proud fixture of the French Quarter; Abbas and Darnell, two friends who face the storm from Abbas’ s family-run market; Kwame, a pastor's son just entering his senior year of high school; and the young couple Leo and Michelle, who both grew up in the city. Each is forced to confront the same wrenching decision–whether to stay or to flee.

As beautiful as it is poignant, A.D. presents a city in chaos and shines a bright, profoundly human light on the tragedies and triumphs that took place within it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375714887
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 263,635
Product dimensions: 8.02(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

JOSH NEUFELD is a comics journalist known for his graphic narratives of political and social upheaval, told through the voices of witnesses.
A.D. derives from Neufeld’s own experiences as an American Red Cross volunteer in Mississippi for several weeks shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005. The blog entries he kept about that experience turned into a self-published book, Katrina Came Calling, which in turn led to A.D.
Neufeld has been a Knight-Wallace Fellow in Journalism, an Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist, and is a Xeric Award-winner. He illustrated the New York Times bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (W.W. Norton, 2011). He was a longtime artist for Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor. His works of comics journalism have been published by The Boston Globe, Foreign Policy magazine, Al Jazeera America, The Nib, and many other publications. Neufeld’s books have been translated into French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Korean.
Neufeld has spoken about A.D. and Hurricane Katrina at numerous universities, trade conventions, cultural centers, libraries, and museums. As part of the U.S. Department of State’s Speaker and Specialist program, Neufeld has traveled abroad as a cultural ambassador, and has conducted workshops with professional and amateur cartoonists in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.  
Neufeld lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, the writer Sari Wilson, and their daughter.

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A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Jennanana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Graphic novel about five accounts from the days leading up to and the years after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. The author actually did interviews with these people and illustrated their stories of survival in this graphic novel. A closer look into difference experiences of one of the biggest natural disasters of our time.
pinkargyle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To me, disasters outside our backyard are difficult to grasp¿they become sensationalized news stories, hot topics around the water cooler. Without a human element, (for instance, knowing someone affected by the devastation,) the tragedy is distant and becomes just a headline in the news for me. This is why Josh Neufeld¿s A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is such an important graphic novel. The illustrations and stories from real people bring Hurricane Katrina to life for the reader, taking it out of the context of CNN. I also appreciated how Neufeld found stories from a diverse group of people: a comic book enthusiast that loses his beloved collection, an immigrant store owner intent on defending his inventory, a doctor who hosts a dinner party the night Katrina hit, a counselor that experiences the abject treatment of survivors at the Convention Center, and a high school student relocated to California after his home and school are destroyed. The illustrations also help the reader visualize the magnitude that Katrina had on New Orleans. One particularly haunting illustration is on page 19¿a double-page spread illustration of the city underwater with only the tops of buildings peeking out. My one recommendation would have been to include a map for those unfamiliar with New Orleans. Seeing where the Superdome in relation to the French Quarter and in relation to where Abbas was stranded would have helped in putting everything in context. Still, I recommend this book for young adults and anyone seeking more information about Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the people of New Orleans. Told through the voices of those who were affected, A.D. paints a gripping story about human spirit, resilience, and survival.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel looks at Katrina and its aftermath, from five different viewpoints. (Note -- the flap says "seven stories", but it seemed to me that the couple's viewpoint was mostly that of the guy, and the two friends' was mostly that of Abbas.) Point of view aside, this book creates a powerful impression of "what it was like". The most dramatic stories are those of the people who suffered most -- Denise, and Abbas and Darnell -- but the others add to the strength of the overall impression. The graphics are particularly gripping early on, when the storm and the flooding are happening, but they work on many levels throughout the book. Someone criticized this book as being politically slanted -- how could it not be, considering what happened? I don't think it was slanted at all, I think it tells what happened.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A graphic novel told from seven points of view about the events before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. I loved Zeitoun, a recent read about Katrina. I loved A.D., too. (I suppose I will always find it jarring to see comic book characters smoke and drink, but hey, I would imagine there was a lot of smoking and drinking in NO after Katrina.)
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
The title of the book is AD NEW ORLEANS after the deluge. The author of the book is josh neufeld.the year is augest, 22, 2005 when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. What I have learned about this book is that when Katrina hit that it was not just a hurricane, but it was also a heat wave and floods. Many people lost their homes, valuables, family members and more due to hurricane Katrina. Some people that knew that Katrina was going to happened left the city or the state, but then their were some not so smart people that just stay home thinking that nothing was going to happen. After the hurricane hit their was a flood, their was a sickness going around due to the floods. Some people have food but they did not help each other, there was a man with his family in about asking for food an they did not give him any. there were seven people in the story the witness the hurricane there names are denice, Leo and Michelle, abbas and his friend darnell, kwame and doctor bred son all of them survive but some of their valuables were lost because of Katrina. Here some information about them, Denice has a master degree in guidance and counseling, when Katrina hit she help woman out that where having problems.leo and Michelle are twenty-something grew up in new Orleans.leo published antigravity, Michelle is a waitress and gymnastics instructor. Abbas and darnell stay in the city to weather the storm from his store, darnell is just a friend of abbas. kwade a son of a pastor leaves the city to his brother high school .doctor brodson refuses to evacuate because his home has withstood many storms. you can find out more by reading the book.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
In this book it was the time period from before and after hurricane Katrina, one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the U.S. The main thing that I learned from this book was that not many people took precautions. They stayed home and thought it would pass and go more to the south. Some were smart and went further north and into Texas. When it hit, the town started to flood it was hard to find anywhere to be safe. Many were dying and having a hard time trying to survive. When more news came of the conditions people were now in a rush to get out of the city; but no busses were coming it was as if it was a myth that they wern't coming. When help arrived it was to drop people of in busses and boats. Busses finally came everyone was to let the women, children, and the old folks get out of there first being that the men could wait it out a couple of more days; they then saw that the busses were already full of people and no room was left. Everyone was now rioting and not happy with their situation at the Louisiana Superdome. With no working phones in the city it was hard to get rescue out to them. Some with health problems could not get out and were left to die. Some people had to get out as soon as possible and when they did they were glad they did.
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