- File Size: 860 KB
- Print Length: 154 pages
- Publisher: Jambalaya Press (July 22, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 22, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B012DPREJ4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Still Standing: How an Ex-con Found Salvation in the Floodwaters of Katrina Kindle Edition
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The book helped me put life into perspective, and I don't mean in an "I'm glad I'm not homeless/living in a city without opportunity/living through a flood" sort of way. That's not what the book is about, and so taking that as the only message from the book would be doing Anderson's story a disservice, in my opinion. It's about taking our lumps, learning from mistakes, accepting things we can't change, and never losing hope.
The book is riveting, but on top of that, Anderson has a gift of words, realism, and humanity. Anderson paints a picture of New Orleans' sadder, grittier side. As I read, I felt like he was talking to me. I realized how much I miss hearing the unique New Orleans dialect, smelling the food (I almost had to run out and get some Popeye's), and all that is New Orleans, both the good and the bad. And, yes, anyone who loves New Orleans knows the good and bad go hand in hand. His voice is honest -- he is a sinner and a saint and most of all a human being, which we all can relate to.
And Gerald Anderson is not your average Katrina writer. He's not a reporter or an engineer or a politician or even a professional writer. He is an ex-con and a homeless man now living on the streets of Washington, D.C. "Still Standing" was originally published in serial form as "My Katrina" in "Street Sense", Washington's newspaper for and by homeless people. It was a gripping story to read piecemeal in "Street Sense", and it is a gripping story to read now.
Read "Still Standing" for a very different view of Hurricane Katrina, raw & real in the vernacular of the street, and to meet a homeless man like none you've ever known.