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The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story Paperback – June 30, 2009
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“Reed is a breezy writer who nicely captures the despair and elation of seeing the city slowly come back to life.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“What emerges from a heartrending, soul-stirring, rib-tickling and palate-prickling banquet of details is why Ms. Reed cannot leave New Orleans: love. It’s an undeceived devotion to a place and particularity that is admirable, and almost astonishing, in our increasingly deracinated culture.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Reed shares this sliver of her life with a light, conversational tone, and though somewhat tangential, she conveys the richness of pace and flavor of the Big Easy as life gets back to ‘normal’ without pretense.” (Christian Science Monitor)
“ … Reed recounts with humor those and other home-improvement nightmares in a story that is part ‘Money Pitt’ and part love letter to her adopted home town.” (Washington Post, Front Page Feature)
“Reed will enthrall you with the Big Easy spirit of rebuilding, determination, and great eats along the way.” (Madison County Herald)
“Julia Reed knows how to live. She also knows how best to write about it in hilarious, sensual and mouthwatering detail....This book is so poignant and delicious, you may want to eat it instead of read it.” (Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series and Lucia, Lucia)
“In The House on First Street, Julia Reed, one of the cleverest crafters of prose writing today, tackles the country’s most fascinating and frustrating city....With her usual keen eye for the quirky and outrageous, Reed finds much to amuse the reader in this delightful volume.” (Cokie Roberts, ABC and NPR News, author of LADIES OF LIBERTY)
“Wow! This is the most brilliant and delightful memoir to come out of post-Katrina New Orleans. With great literary panache and a throaty humor, Julia Reed captures the magical allure of the city, its food and its people...destined to be a classic.” (Walter Issacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.)
About the Author
Julia Reed grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. She is a contributing editor at Newsweek and is the author of the essay collection Queen of the Turtle Derby. She lives in New Orleans.
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In reality, New Orleans is worth visiting now as it was before Katrina. The spirit and character of this great and unique city remain. The author captures the flavor of New Orleans. I enjoyed this book and hope you will also!
Overall I was pretty bored with this book. I really expected there to me more of a storyline having to do with the struggles of rebuilding after Katrina, but this was more like a traveler's guide to dining and food in New Orleans. It just didn't seem to capture the devastation that took place in that area the way I had expected it to. I guess I just felt like the author took a very serious situation and made light of it in some ways.