Five years ago today, Hurricane Katrina devastated one of America's great cities. Three books reflect the disaster and its aftermath.
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (Pantheon) by Josh Neufeld reports the moving and harrowing stories of seven survivors of Katrina in graphic book form; this critically acclaimed bestseller is now in paperback.
Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story (DC/Vertigo) by Mat Johnson and Simon Gane is another graphic book, this one a fictional crime story about a bank robbery scheme in New Orleans in the aftermath of the storm.
Ninth Ward (Little, Brown) by Jewell Parker Rhodes is a novel for young readers about 12-year-old Lanesha, who lives in the tight-knit neighborhood of the title, one of those most terribly damaged by the storm.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor