Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ten Years since Katrina

Many books have been written in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall - both fiction and factual.

These deserve a read:

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

In this recent release, Don Brown describes the events that took place through gritty, somber watercolor illustrations and bits of dialogue. This is Brown's third successful nonfiction graphic novel. In the short time since its release it has already garnered much acclaim.

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
Fifteen-year-old Laurel is living a post-Katrina nightmare. Her mother and grandmother both perished in the storm and she has since moved to Galilee, Mississippi. Woodson weaves a poetic tale of grief, addiction, and survival as Laurel struggles to start a new life.

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson & Mary Nether
This nonfiction picture book tells the tale of Bobbi, a dog who was left chained on the porch with bowls of food and water and Bob Cat, who stayed with Bobbi even after Bobbi broke free of his chain. The two became an unlikely pair of Katrina survivors. Shelter volunteers rescued the pair four months later to find that Bob Cat was blind and Bobbi was his seeing-eye dog. They lived together after Katrina on a ranch in Oregon.

Thankfully, after Katrina important laws were passed to allow for the care of pets during disasters.

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