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Very New Orleans: A Celebration of History, Culture, and Cajun Country Charm [Kindle Edition]

Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
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Book Description

The exquisite antebellum mansions of the Garden District. Giant oaks stretching across boulevards and back in time to before the Civil War. The decadence of Bourbon Street. The vibrant sounds of jazz, blues, and Cajun music coming from every doorway or right from the street. Lacy iron balconies that wrap around the historic buildings of the French Quarter. A leisurely meal under a canopy of wisteria.

In vibrant watercolors and detailed sketches, artist Diana Gessler captures the unique charm that makes New Orleans alluring: Mardi Gras, the Cabildo, Jackson Square, the Court of the Two Sisters, St. Louis Cemetery, the Jazz Festival, the River Road Plantations, the Cajun country, sumptuous Creole cuisine, and Audubon’s Aquarium of the Americas. In fascinating detail—on everything from the making of Mardi Gras, Napolean’s death mask, the city’s inspired architectural and garden designs, and favorite author hangouts to famous New Orleanians and Aunt Sally’s Creole pralines—Very New Orleans celebrates the city, the Cajun country, the people, and our history

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About the Author

Diana Hollingsworth Gessler is the author and illustrator of Very New Orleans, Very Charleston, and Very California. Her watercolors and oil paintings are represented by Shaw Gallery in Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida. She and her husband live in Melbourne, Florida, when they’re not traveling.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7512 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (June 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans May 12, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my husband who used to live there. He really likes it. He is a former lucky dog vendor so it was nice to see that they had been adressed in the book as well as other areas that he is familiar with. I would definately recommend this book to people who are familiar with N.O.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans Foodie March 23, 2006
By Ann Lee
I've been to New Orleans 9 times and we're again going in 3 weeks. This book was very informative, even to someone who's been there many times. I loaned it to a friend of mine who's a New Orleans native and she loved it. She lives here in California and it brought back many memories for her. This is the perfect book for the person going to New Orleans for the first time or an old timer. I'd highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Still the " Big Easy" February 16, 2007
This was a great book for the seasoned visitor or someone going for the first time. The info was right on and the artwork thruout the book was beautiful. BUY THIS as some of the proceeds go to Katrina relief. A lovely tribute to one of the greatest cities in the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What not to miss in NO. January 24, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A great little book, worthwhile if you're going to New Orleans - this was our second time there and the book brought to light things we'd not seen or done before.
However, I odn't always agree with what I read and after having been there before, some of things that the authored raved about - I really have to disagree with.

Our first visit was like a kid in the candy store - wide eyed, excited but our 2nd trip to NO wasn't anything like that - it was more oh, ok - well, I see. - not impressed with the folks, customer service - not the friendly, outgoing people we'd seen on our fist trip.

Despite all the bad, I'd say go ahead and buy this book if not for the information of where and what you might want to see, but also for the history of N.O.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent souvenir! November 13, 2008
By tb
I have this author's California book and I recognized her style right away when I spotted this book while strolling through the French Quarter! I loved the Ca. version and knew from flipping through the N.O. version that it would be a great souvenir! Regular travel guides can be a bit too much but this was perfect with just the right amount of information to go along with her wonderful drawings. I'm buying one to give to my Katrina mission trip leader as a thank you for her organization and leadership while we were in New Orleans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Book November 4, 2010
I think this is my favorite book that I own. I have it on display next to a photo of my time in New Orleans. I just love the art work and the love put into writing this book. I wish I had one for every city I've ever been to! This book is really special to me, and I consider it a work of art and much more than just a travel book.

It also has a great simple overview of the culture of New Orleans and what needs to see. It is simple and what I want my travel books to be like. It is not overwhelming and I enjoy looking at it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it so much I had to buy it! December 3, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first saw this book in the library, but once I checked it out, brought it home, and got a good look at it, I knew I had to buy it for myself. The artwork makes it look like a "lightweight", but don't be decieved! Among the cute drawings and clever musings is some good, hard info about New Orleans and the surrounding area. I have already bought a second one as a gift, and I recommend it highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book August 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book with lots of interesting little facts, some new (even though I've been to New Orleans many times). Nice watercolors on every page. I love that adresses for every place mentioned are at the back of the book, along with web address and an index.
Liked it so much, I bought two more as gifts for friends
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by SUGAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, charming book
Beautiful, charming book. I bought it for a group of friends who went to NOLA together a few years ago. It was a wonderful treasure to recall our trip thru this delightful book.
Published 3 months ago by Gloria V Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful artwork and great anecdotes on New Orleans history
I used this as my wedding guest book. It's a very small book but when you open it up the pages just pop out at you. Beautiful artwork and great anecdotes on New Orleans history!!
Published 4 months ago by pugsnkisses
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
My favorite book and travel guide for New Orleans
Published 9 months ago by Yum Tum-ite
5.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans
Very New Orleans:A Celebration of History, Culture, and Cajun Country is a must for all who love New Orleans. Love this book.
Published 11 months ago by dusty
5.0 out of 5 stars unique and pleasant souvenir
I purchased this book while visiting NOLA last year. It is such a different approach to a tourist/memory/information book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Bowen
1.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy tourist nonsense
If you just want a caricature, go to Jackson Square and buy one. At least it will support a local artist and not this charlatan author. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans
I already read the book that I borrowed from library in my hometown few years ago so I decided to buy it online because I love the art pictures in it and someday I will take that... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans
Discovered this author/artist through an online art blog. New Orleans is one of my very favorite places to visit and this charming book added a lot to my knowledge of that city. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Marilynart
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice !
I love the illustrations and the information included in it. Keep in mind you get what you pay for. You will not get an incisive, in-depth academic history of New Orleans for under... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tracey Del Geralds
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