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Sidewalk Saints: Life Portraits of the New Orleans Street Performer Family Paperback – April 20, 2009

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Jim Flynn lives in New Orleans and is currently working on a book about public school teachers. He is also the author of Stranger to the System: Life Portraits of a New York City Homeless Community.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Curbside Press; First edition (April 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974155918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974155913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,974,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This frank, unprocessed compilation of stories from the street entertainers of New Orleans is a welcome addition to the post-post-Katrina literary output. The voices are heard clearly without editorializing or normative remarks. The author concedes that there was not time for an introduction. I hope in the next printing he can provide an introduction with context about busking in New Orleans. The stories prove that at least in New Orleans, it is not necessary to be middle class to be happy. This should sit on the same shelf of literary portraits of N.O. life as "Managing Ignatius" and "Fat White Vampire Blues".
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I absolutely loved the authenticity of this book. The author lets us listen to these incredible people tell their personable stories in their own words. This was truly a pleasure to read. And the photos are abundant and awesome, too. I see another book is available by this author, Stranger to the System. I'm ordering it next.
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