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Not Just the Levees Broke: My Story During and After Hurricane Katrina Paperback – August 11, 2009
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I heard about the book when she was being interviewed on the Tom Joyner show. I rushed out and got it. Let me tell you, this book takes you where the TV did not. I can't imagine how they did made it. Sticking around vs. leaving town. Taking the chance to go out beyond their "safe haven" through murky waters. Going from place to place until they ended up in San Antonio. Going for a week in the clothes on their backs and no baths.
Phyllis Montana Leblanc is no seasoned writer, nor did the editor correct every pargraph or sentence. I don't think that is what this book is about or meant to be presented as. Keep in mind this is her personal account, just as if you were reading her journal or sitting out on the porch listening to her tell it to you - minute by minute. I finished the book on a lazy afternoon, it's only a couple hundred pages but makes you feel like you endured the entire week.
and feel that the Montanna sisters really made that film.
I know anyone who also appreciated this film will be
interested in reading the book Phyllis wrote
about her family's experience and struggle with Hurricane
Katrina and the aftermath. It is another perspective of
what it was like to be in the middle of it and not observed
from the outside as an academic and is a welcome addition to
the library of Hurricane Katrina books that are now out.
I was troubled when Phyllis said in her presentation at the
Louisiana Book Festival that she had not read her own book
but she assured me she meant that she did not want to review it
after it was completed because it was such a painful experience
reliving the ordeal over again as she recounted it.
I understand she is now out of the fema trailor and has purchased
a new home and will be continuing university studies and possibly
playing herself in a television series about New Orleans.
I knew she would prevail in the end! I expect this is not the
last effort from her and that she has a bright future ahead in the literary world.
Although she alway enjoyed writing a little poetry I doubt that Phyllis Montana-Leblanc ever imagined that one day she would write and publish a book. This incredible opportunity came along after Phyllis was interviewed for Spike Lee's documentary film "When The Levees Broke". Spike Lee was extremely impressed with what Phyllis had to say and the way she was able to say it. It was apparent to Lee that Phyllis was "the dominent voice in the piece". Well one thing led to another and before long the chance to do a book came along. And Phyllis made the most of her once in a lifetime opportunity. Now I will have to admit that some of Phyllis' choicest language was entirely justified. Her graphic descriptions of her immediate surroundings in the aftermath of the storm seem entirely justified. There is simply no polite way to describe a scene where water polluted with oil, garbage, debris and human excrement is flooding your home.Read more ›
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Phyllis, besides being a terrific actress, you are a master storyteller. I read your book in one sitting ....could NOT put it down once I started. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gina
this was the fifth book I've read about the horrors the people of New Orleans had to endure.Still can't get over how little help was available. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by dawn graff
Does not give a clear picture of what is or was happening. Woman is sort of bitter. Didnt finish book.Published on May 11, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I live in New Orleans now and at the time if this tragedy. I was fortunate that I did not have to endure what happened to my fellow New Orleanians went through and it is sad that... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Regina Ann Morgan
Reading Not Just the Levees Broke was a powerful experience for me. As a native New Orleanian, I was taken on that journey with the author. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Joan109
Although not the best book written in the literary sense, this book is written from the heart and tells it like it was.Published on August 1, 2013 by Gary Long
If you want to know what life in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans was like, before, during after the storm and after the levees broke, Phyllis has the whole story. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by MS. M
This books reads like a transcription of an interview. It lacks appropriate editing, and is repetitive. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by C. Schultz
Phyllis Montana-Leblanc's account of her experiences before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina, is touching, raw, and emotional. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by gymqwn