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Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard Hardcover – October 16, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0982379912 ISBN-10: 0982379919

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Glitterati Incorporated (October 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982379919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982379912
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debra Shriver, a 12th generation Southerner, Francophile, passionate preservationist and jazz devotee, is a media executive with Hearst Corporation in New York City where she oversees PR and marketing for its magazines and media divisions. She lives in New York City and New Orleans with her husband.

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Debra Shriver has captured the charm of the city as well as gives the reader a visual feast.
VisualV
This is not just another pretty to look at coffee table book, but more a definitive history of a great American city.
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Deb Shriver is a southern gal with a love of New Orleans that rivals anyone's idea of heaven.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My first meeting with Debra Shriver tested my sense of reality. As the chief communications officer for Hearst, she had the big office on a high floor. She had the clean desk I always associate with the truly powerful. And there were pictures of Deb with the mighty.

But her professionalism seemed to go only as far as was absolutely necessary. Deb's hair was too short to be spiky, and it was unclear to me how much was blonde and how much was white. She didn't power-dress. And almost every surface not devoted to Hearst was covered with personal photographs and souvenirs from her travels, artifacts from her Southern heritage, mementos from an earlier stage in her career.

Slowly, I got it: Debra Shriver's an... original.

I've come to know Deb better since then, both in her Hearst role and as a neighbor, and I think I'm a reliable witness here: She's smart, incisive, supportive --- and, unlike so many people with ever bigger titles and ever smaller minds, she gets the joke.

One problem: she disappeared.

Not exactly disappeared. But starting a few years ago, I never saw her and her husband walking their dogs on weekends --- the Shrivers had decamped to New Orleans.

She still has the big office. But every spare minute is now spent in New Orleans, where --- three weeks after Katrina --- the Shrivers bought a house.

And what a house! It's not the centerpiece of "Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard." But the photographs that dot her beautiful --- and beautifully art-directed --- book testify to a rare kind of taste: personal, thoughtful, and not at all "fancy."

Yes, a decorator was involved, but Deb clearly drove the bus.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donna Hanover on October 22, 2010
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An elegantly written, gloriously photographed, yet down-to-earth view of the special pull of New Orleans. Best to be there for a visit, but if you can't, the food, music, architecture, and voodoo are still to be had in Debra Shriver's "Stealing Magnolias." A southern girl who made it big in the urban east, Ms. Shriver's heart has long been in New Orleans, so she and her husband Jerry bought their home on Dumaine Street three weeks after Katrina as part of their own contribution to bringing this magical city back. Far better than a guidebook at giving you the sights and smells of a one-of-a-kind metropolis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By travelbrit on January 31, 2011
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Every now and then, one is fortunate enough to find the perfect book to give as a gift.......after thoroughly enjoying it oneself!
Debra Shriver's beautifully photographed book shares interiors of her lovely home along with the history, customs, music, people, food, and of course the French influence on decor in the historic city of New Orleans.

Having visited New Orleans several times prior to Hurricane Katrina, I now long to return after reading this stunning book. This is not just another pretty to look at coffee table book, but more a definitive history of a great American city. Ms. Shriver takes one on a tour through the many neighborhoods, sharing her 'address book' of places to eat, shop, stay, visit etc. She explains the secrets of Mardi Gras, that intoxicating Carnivale with lavish costumes, masked balls, street parades, beating drums. A chapter on the intricacies of the monogram which, in the South, as in France, has endured as a classic element of design on linens, makes us aware that even a family without a historic crest can have a monogram! On food - Recipes and Rituals - it doesn't take long before your mouth is watering and you'll head to your kitchen to concoct some of the delicacies known only in New Orleans, such as Crab Pots de Creme and Banana Pudding Trifle, plus other recipes. The author's description of gatherings with friends........small informal progressive suppers, strolling from house to house through the French Quarter, stopping to enjoy courses prepared by neighbors........was lovely, something you may want to plan for one's own neighborhood.

Pour a cup of tea, or a café au lait, find a comfy chair, and curl up soon with this gorgeous book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VisualV on November 27, 2010
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I purchased this book and have already given two copies as gifts. For anyone who loves New Orleans, this book is a must for their library. Debra Shriver has captured the charm of the city as well as gives the reader a visual feast.
I obviously recommend it having already bought three copies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Ward on January 26, 2012
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The other reviewers have done a great job describing the book. I won't duplicate that here. Instead, I will just say that I have shelves (!) of books dedicated to New Orleans, and this book is my favorite. Debra, hope you will treat us to another book in the near future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TSOS on November 19, 2010
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Great book with lots of information and personal stories. The best are the fantastic pictures that make you wish to live in NO
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