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“Insightful… a sensory paradise... Why New Orleans Matters is a celebration of the spirit of New Orleans.” (BookInfo.net )
“An enjoyable meander through what used to be called ‘the city that care forgot.’” (Houston Chronicle )
“Powerful, rich with anger, longing, and barely expressible loss.” (Providence Phoenix )
“Hot and real and from the heart… An emotionally wrenching experience—at times hilarious, at times heartbreaking.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune )
“Pensive and elegiac… sharp [and] steely. …A mournful dirge and a vivacious ode to the city.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )
“A minor miracle unto itself… a heartfelt, 180-page manifesto… There’s a little something for everyone.” (Gambit Weekly )
Humanities Book of the Year Award, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (No Source )
Best Book Award, New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association (No Source )
PRAISE FOR MY COLD WAR:“Tom Piazza’s writing pulsates with nervous electrical tension--reveals the emotions that we can’t define.” (Bob Dylan )
Tom Piazza's award-winning portrait of a city in crisis, with a new preface from the author, ten years after.
Ten years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the disaster that followed, promises were made, forgotten, and renewed. What would become of New Orleans in the years ahead? How would this city and its people recover—and what meaning would its story have, for America and the world?
In Why New Orleans Matters, first published only months after the disaster, award-winning author and longtime New Orleans resident Tom Piazza illuminates the storied culture and still-evolving future of this great and vital American metropolis. Piazza evokes the sensuous textures of the city that gave us jazz music, Creole cooking, and a unique style of living; he examines the city's undercurrents of corruption and racism, and explains how its people endure and transcend them. And, perhaps most important, he bears witness to the city's spirit: its grace and beauty, resilience and soul.
In the preface to this new edition, Piazza considers how far the city has come in the decade since Katrina, as well as the challenges it still faces—and reminds us that people in threatened communities across America have much to learn from New Orleans' disaster and astonishing recovery.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Editorial Reviews
The title says it all. New Orleans matters. The city, its people, and history are so very precious. I recommend this book for everyone! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Franny
I rarely give a book 5 stars. 4, often, but 5 is for those life changing/affirming pieces that are rare. I wish I could give this book 6. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John A. Brissette
An entertaining read that communicates the atmosphere of New Orleans and the justifiable outrage about post-Katrina events. Wonderful book, that I finished in two sittings.Published 9 months ago by Matthew L Perkins
A well paced journal about this country's most important (in my opinion) city. Though it never gets too deep on any subject, it scratches the important surfaces.Published 9 months ago by philip fox
I often find it difficult to explain why I love New Orleans so much... I have a hard time talking about its subtleties, when all most people think about is Bourbon Street or Mardi... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Terry Cox
Tom Piazza wrote a very touching book about being away from New Orleans after Katrina. It is a heart felt written book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lesa Barnes
Not a "must read", but still a book I will keep in my library. I like that Piazza emphasizes how you can't really understand the rich culture and deep roots of New Orleans... Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Molly Weisenburger
This book is a brilliant reminder of why preserving New Orleans and it's rich heritage is important to our nation.Published on May 30, 2013 by stephanie