Ten years after the storm
A decade after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, these books tell the stories.
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans (HMH Books for Young Readers) by Don Brown is a vivid, carefully researched graphic novel that brings to life the story of the storm and its effects on the people of New Orleans for readers ages 12 and older.
Katrina: After the Flood (Simon & Schuster) by Gary Rivlin, an award-winning investigative reporter, is a riveting, wide-ranging but detailed account of Katrina's immediate impact and its aftermath, as a city that has long been one of America's cultural jewels struggles to repair not only its infrastructure but its social fabric.
The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken (Riverhead) by Wendell Pierce is a poignant memoir by the actor (The Wire, Treme) and New Orleans native about his efforts to help rebuild his hometown, including a now-legendary production of Waiting for Godot staged in two of the city's most damaged neighborhoods.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor