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Why New Orleans Matters Paperback – August 19, 2008
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“Insightful… a sensory paradise... Why New Orleans Matters is a celebration of the spirit of New Orleans.” (BookInfo.net)
“An enjoyable meander through what used to be called ‘the city that care forgot.’” (Houston Chronicle)
“Powerful, rich with anger, longing, and barely expressible loss.” (Providence Phoenix)
“Hot and real and from the heart… An emotionally wrenching experienceat times hilarious, at times heartbreaking.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
“Pensive and elegiac… sharp [and] steely. …A mournful dirge and a vivacious ode to the city.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
“A minor miracle unto itself… a heartfelt, 180-page manifesto… There’s a little something for everyone.” (Gambit Weekly)
Humanities Book of the Year Award, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (No Source)
Best Book Award, New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association (No Source)
PRAISE FOR MY COLD WAR:“Tom Piazza’s writing pulsates with nervous electrical tension--reveals the emotions that we can’t define.” (Bob Dylan)
About the Author
Tom Piazza is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels A Free State and City of Refuge, the Michener Award-winning story collection Blues and Trouble, and the essay collection Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America. He was a principal writer for the HBO series Treme. He lives in New Orleans.
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That is what Piazza does in this book. He captures "it" - all of it. I read it and it was as if I found the sermon that spoke to me, the person who said, with open arms, I get it, I feel that way too, here's how I describe it. NOLA continues to be a major piece of my life. A city I love "as you do a person" (for me she's like that crazy auntie we all have & love more than life itself). A city as I live where I was raised in Hoboken, NJ that parallels my physical hometown as a cultural one (J Kennedy Toole called NOLA "Hoboken on the Gulf"). Tom manages to address much of the best, and the worst, & the worth fighting for in both of those places. Thank you Mr. Piazza for writing my "manifesto" & putting on paper the thoughts, emotions, & feelings that have haunted, lifted, & saddened me for years.
his honesty about how he missed his beautiful city NOLA!