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“Ian McNulty’s enthusiasm for all things Louisiana is infectious and invigorating, because it is so convincing. In Louisiana Rambles, McNulty portrays the medley of sounds, smells, sights, textures and tastes that arise from a land so rich in culture, heritage, landscape and lore, along with an overabundance of hardship. McNulty provides readers with every reason to visit Louisiana, as well as all the information needed to plan a memorable trip.”

―Judges’ comments, Silver Medal 2011, Society of American Travel Writers Travel Book Award



“Ian McNulty captures the spirit and haunting beauty of southern Louisiana, from the bayous to the plantations. As he rambles along the back roads, he offers insights that delight those of us who grew up in the region. All of the tastes, sounds, sights, and smells come alive in this wonderful book.”

―Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute in Denver and former president and CEO of CNN

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An experiential travel guide to the nation’s most distinct and joyous locale―South Louisiana
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604739460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604739466
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is incredible! I read it over two days while deployed to dull brown areas far from the US. For those two days, I didn't feel like I was in a foreign country. My mind was immersed in the Cajun culture of Louisiana and I could almost taste the crawfish. Ian McNulty is a northerner who writes with joy and appreciation about his adopted homeland.

Not necessarily a good travel guide for someone visiting the state, this book is best used by people in Louisiana who want a better appreciation of their area. He combed the countryside with one rule: 3 hours from his home in New Orleans. His review covers food, dancing, fishing, history, and sprinklings of ecology. A recurring theme throughout the book is the coastal erosion of the state, but his tone is not that of a hippie environmentalist. Instead, McNulty embraces the culture of the manly fishing, hunting, dancing, horse-riding, cooking, can-do Cajun man who is frustrated that all the wonder and goodness of the Louisiana landscape is disappearing.

The book includes towns and specific venues in them with some supplementary info in the appendix, but it needs separate maps and a few websites to be most practical. As I read, I often found myself looking up places and events online or checking out the diversity of the waterways in Google Maps. The style is engaging and upbeat, and it's written for explorers. He does not set expectations too high with the pop culture sense of "wow! look at this glitzy thing!" but instead finds beauty and wonder in small cultural details and the Cajun propensity for having a good time. As a foodie, McNulty quickly learned to carry an ice chest whenever he explored to property take advantage of the possibilities and most of the tales of adventure prominently featured beer.
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This is one of the most fun to read, ever, non-fiction books. I was hooked right away with the introduction--McNulty really paints a great picture with his stories and captures the your imagination. His writing is expertly done! The writing style is a pleasure to read, and easy to read--extremely rare in adult non-fiction writing. Simply put, though, just fun to read and laugh with.
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Bought this book after thumbing through it looking for research on my native state for my own book. Of course, I've lived in both south and north Louisiana, but I love havin others' impressions in the back of my mind as I write. I was so surprised by the author's obvious enthusiasm for the state and his skill with words. This is no dry, boring travel tome. This is a breathing tribute to one of the most interesting, cultural areas in the world. Mr. McNulty writes with humor, passion and skill, bringing each destination to life.

To say I have new places to visit is an understatement. He singlehandly renewed my interest in Zydeco, and I keep eyeing that exit to Mamou so I can visit Fred's one morning. Dying to visit a Zydeco festival. And I love he drives around with a cooler in his trunk just in case he finds a butcher with some good boudin.

If you are looking to uncover the "real" South Louisiana, look no further.

Only thing I wished he'd covered was tailgating at the LSU games. Seemed an obvious go-to for more fevered spirit and some dang good food.
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This is a great book. Not a conventional travel guide, but a great resource for ideas about where to go and what to see in Louisiana. The book provides historical information and thoughtful suggestion regarding well-known and not so well-known areas of Southern Louisiana. Very readable.
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