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Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? Hardcover – March 15, 2006

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Toni McGee Causey has a three-book deal with St. Martin's Press. The first book, "Bobby Faye's Very (very very very very very) Bad Day," about a pissed off Cajun beauty queen, is due out in spring 2007. Toni writes the blog Electric Mist, at www.electricmist.net.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chin Music Press Inc.; 1 edition (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974199516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974199511
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,219,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
There are few books that can make you laugh out loud and cry on the same page. In the words of Louis Armstrong, the title simply asks you, "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?" I've never been there, but having read this book I dearly wish I had - it has brought home to me the immeasurable sense of loss felt by its residents in a way that the mainstream media never did, no matter how many panoramic shots of the disaster zone it showed.

The book feels rather like a diary, full of reminiscences on life in New Orleans before, during and after Katrina. Just after the preface, there is a list of census data from 1900 and 2000, along with a map of the city showing where the events in each chapter took place. The publishers have been unafraid to take a different approach to the book's content and diversify the style of its presentation: throughout there are 19th century engravings of the city, recipes for local dishes and the words to turn of the century Creole songs. As well as adding the excitement of never letting you know what you will find on the next page, these lyrical vignettes remind you of the city's history and cultural heritage at a crucial time when what hasn't already been swept away by the storm threatens to be destroyed by the corporate greed of `reconstruction' that will come in its wake.

Above all, this book is about hearing a wide variety of voices telling different stories. It is an incredible feeling to read all their outlandish tales and know they are actually true.
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Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? is a collection of heartfelt true stories told by survivors, evacuees, and natives of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the lethal city flooding. A handful of black-and-white illustrations grace this collection of brief reminiscences of New Orleans as it once was, the hardship of survival, attempts to return to the city, the hope of rebuilding despite the overwhelming challenges, and much more. A dollop of humor here and there intersperse the at times harsh true stories, in this highly recommended tribute. "The crime and poverty were always there. My garage was invaded three times so I quit locking it. You could not live in the city and avoid the dreary performance of democracy; yet the town was held together by a spiritual essence few cities in this country possess. We were like many families in having those we loved most within a short drive. That infrastructure of the heart is severely fractured now."
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This book brings tears to my native New Orleanian wife every time she picks it up. It is meant for anyone and everyone who has lived in New Orleans for any length of time. For old or young it brings back poignant memories and fond stories about the city by the river where time has stood still.
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Must have for any New Orleanian past or present. A truly unique work of art. Long live the Crescent City.
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THANK YOU, Professor Rutledge for writing this book. As Anderson Cooper implored folks to do at speech of his I attended, "Never ever let people forget Katrina". Thank you for your wonderful book that personalizes the stories.

I too was one of those stories as I was trapped in the Superdome and couldn't escape until a group of us were smuggled out. I wrote my story in Diary From the Dome. Wish I had possessed your writing talents though.

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