Drowned City

Drowned City

Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

eBook - 2015
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Marking the10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, this companion to The Great American Dust Bowl combines lively drawings and authoritative memoir in graphic novel form to recount one of the most destructive and devastating natural disasters in our American history.

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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
        Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.

Baker & Taylor
A 10th-anniversary tribute and companion to The Great American Dust Bowl combines authoritative memoir with evocative graphic and watercolor illustrations in an account published to benefit Habitat for Humanity New Orleans. Simultaneous eBook. 20,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Presents a graphic account of the events of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the city of New Orleans and its people, detailing the selflessness, heroism, and courage, while also noting the incompetence, racism, and criminality.

Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780544673052
Branch Call Number: E-Book TEEN
Characteristics: data file
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KHCPL_Tree Sep 21, 2017

An interesting way to read about Hurricane Katrina. Simplistic in style, a tragic tale of miscommunication and lack of help in a timely manner.

Feb 11, 2017

This is a powerful book that can teach teens who were either not born or very young when this happened the truth about this tragic event.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Nov 12, 2016

Don Brown’s graphic novel, Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, illustrates the devastation caused in August 2005 by this powerful hurricane. The novel takes a somewhat objective tone, factually reporting the infamous missteps that kept the city from being evacuated, left survivors abandoned, and displaced citizens. There are numerous resources about Hurricane Katrina, but this is a poignant graphic novel that illustrates the ruin left in the wake of this hurricane, even years later.

Jul 30, 2016

This is the perfect subject for a graphic novel, as the images in this book bring the Hurricane Katrina disaster to life in a very real way.

roropan Jul 25, 2016

wow! this book is excellent. A great entry point for anyone interested in learning about Hurricane Katrina. Told in succinct text and graphic illustrations.

ellie_o Jun 22, 2016

I am SO glad that I read this graphic novel. I typically like narrative nonfiction, but I am impressed by the way that the creators of this graphic novel were able to put together quotations and illustrations to bring the facts of this natural disaster to life. Although it didn't follow any specific person, it felt similar to the March graphic novels. Definitely a great book to recommend to anyone who is reluctant to read nonfiction (like me!).

kirstd31 Feb 27, 2016

A perfect combination of words and pictures to convey Hurricane Katrina.

lovely graphic novel, good overview of the history of Katrina, pulls no punches. gorgeous illustrations, of course.

Dec 18, 2015

Through pictures and just the right number of words, Brown takes the reader into the horror of Hurricane Katrina and the events of August 2005. Brown tells the story visually from the p.o.v. of natives, weather scientists, police officers, Coast Guard rescuers and more. This is cautionary tale that should never be forgotten.

JCLChrisK Dec 08, 2015

Brown takes a journalistic approach in letting the uneditorialized, horrific facts speak for themselves. The book is powerful because the facts are. His dynamic, beautiful illustrations are equally moving (though he makes a few odd panel, sequence, and word placement choices). Still, I found the book too spare, and feel it would have been much more poignant, engaging, and meaningful had it been more fully fleshed out and, more significantly, focused on some specific, personal stories to give faces to the facts.

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