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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CR Books; Ill edition (February 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977771504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977771509
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Rose is a columnist for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, an essayist for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and a frequent commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. In 2006, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary in recognition of his Katrina columns and was awarded a share in the Times-Picayune staff's Pulitzer for Public Service. Rose lives in New Orleans with his three children.

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I really hope he will come out with another book of his writing after New Years Eve.
Chantal
If you only read one book about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on residents of New Orleans, read this book!
Patty Craven
Library Association Conference in New Orleans and immediately purchased 7 copies of his book for friends.
Paul A. Harris

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By G. P. Winkler on May 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
"1 Dead in Attic" is a collection of post-Katrina columns from the "Times-Picayune" in New Orleans. The author's eye for the odd detail, the stark eloquence of his to-the-point prose, his gift for finding dire humor in dire times, and his amazing lack of self-pity create gripping dispatches from what Rose calls "the Big Uneasy." Rose's writing makes the devastation more real, more personal, than ever before, and his love for New Orleans -- a place I don't much know -- is infectious.

Perhaps the best way to convey my enthusiasm for the book is to share a few passages and let Rose speak for himself:

"I drive around and try to figure out those Byzantine markings and symbols that the cops and the National Guard spray-painted on all the houses around here, cryptic communications that tell the story of who or what was or wasn't inside the house when the floodwater rose to the ceiling. * In some cases, there's no interpretation needed. There's one I pass on St. Roch Avenue in the 8th Ward at least once a week. It says: '1 Dead in Attic.'"

"Katherine [the author's young daughter, staying with relatives in Maryland] asks me about the specific fate of two other friends, Julia and Nadia. I tell her that, truth is, I have no idea what happened to Julia and Nadia. Not a clue. Vanished. They're just gone and we don't know where to or for how long and maybe we'll see them again and maybe we won't."

"Refrigerator clusters have started appearing all over the area, as one guy dumps his fridge on a corner away from his house and then -- like iron shavings drawn to a magnet -- suddenly there are five appliances on the corner, then 10, then 15.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Janice Tumblin on June 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I myself am not a reader. In the last 17 years the only thing I have read is childrens books to my kids at bedtime, however I do purchase documentaries and bibliographies from time to time for my dad and husband but this one was for me. I was in New Orleans this week and happened into the gift shop at Ochsner Hospital and while checking out noticed the book laying on the counter and curiosity got the best of me. I had some time later that afternoon and decided to skim through the first few pages to see what it was about. I WAS CONSUMED. I literally read the book for 3 hours straight until my eyes were hurting me and I could hardly focus on the words. I went to supper and when I came back, picked it up again and finished it all.

Each page made me yearn for more. The reading is easy and the personal passion that he writes with is beyond description. My family too was affected by Hurricane Katrina, nothing like those of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, actually blessed is a more accurate term. Geraldo nor Anderson Cooper can hold a candle to the description and personal stories that Mr Rose shares in his book.

If you are even a little bit curious about what the people of New Orleans went through, buy this book. I assure you that you will see the tragedy of New Orleans in a whole new light.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2006
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I bought this book after hearing Chris Rose talk about it on NPR. I was intrigued by the title and moved by his commentary. As I recall, he either read in its entirety or discussed "Despair," the account of a "New Orleans girl" who married a man from Atlanta who later committed suicide. Mr. Rose says in his introduction that these are most of the columns that he wrote for THE TIMES-PICAYUNE between August 29, 2005 and New Years Day, 2006. Photographs by Charlie Varley are included with the essays. Mr. Rose ably puts a face on the tragedy of Katrina and captures the sorrows but resilience of the locals, creating portraits of people you will not soon forget: the magnet man, an artist who now collects refrigerator magnets to cover his 1994 Chevy Blazer; the cat lady who never left the city and lives with thirty-four cats; Finis Shellnut who supplies fine frozen steaks from a freezer in the abandoned Antoine's to the California National Guard et al. In another corner is Rev. Bill Shanks who apparently believes that "God in his mercy" purged New Orleans of Mardi Gras, "Southern Decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion." Mr. Rose reminds the reader (and Reverend Shanks if he read said column) that the French Quarter, where all these abominations took place, was left pretty much intact by Katrina.

In every essay both Mr. Rose's love of New Orleans and his humanity shine through.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Madia McCartney on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm an advid reader of Chris Rose in the Times Picayune. First let me say this is not a depressing book! It is as if one is reading Mr.Rose's personal journal. It was everything I hoped it would be. If you want a daily account of life in this wonderful city after the levees broke PLEASE READ THIS BOOK FIRST. It is how they survived a nightmare in the days, weeks and months after the storm. It brings to light things we all take for granted in life, that the media could not cover. A personal account by a man who loves New Orleans and lived thru something terrible. This book is historical and I highly recommend it if you are interested in New Orleans.
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