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Down in New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City

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“Post-Katrina New Orleans hasn't been an easy place to live, it hasn't been an easy place to be in love, it hasn't been an easy place to take care of yourself or see the bright side of things.” So reflects Billy Sothern in this riveting and unforgettable insider's chronicle of the epic 2005 disaster and the year that followed. Sothern, a death penalty lawyer who with his wife, photographer Nikki Page, arrived in the Crescent City four years ahead of Katrina, delivers a haunting, personal, and quintessentially American story. Writing with an idealist's passion, a journalist's eye for detail, and a lawyer's attention to injustice, Sothern recounts their struggle to come to terms with the enormity of the apocalyptic scenario they managed to live through. He guides the reader on a journey through post-Katrina New Orleans and an array of indelible images: prisoners abandoned in their cells with waters rising, a longtime New Orleans resident of Middle Eastern descent unfairly imprisoned in the days following the hurricane, trailer-bound New Orleanians struggling to make ends meet but celebrating with abandon during Mardi Gras, Latino construction workers living in their trucks. As a lawyer-activist who has devoted his life to procuring justice for some of society's most disenfranchised citizens, Sothern offers a powerful vision of what Katrina has meant to New Orleans and what it still means to the nation at large.

Review:

"Two years ago this week Hurricane Katrina smashed into the Gulf Coast. Coastal communities from Louisiana to Alabama were pulverized, and the city of New Orleans was awash, so devastated as to teeter on the brink of destruction. You know the rest of the story, or at least you think you do. The performance of government at all levels was abysmal, except in a few smaller cities and towns where vigorous... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Sothern, along with his wife, photographer Nikki Page, arrived in New Orleans four years ahead of Katrina. Writing with an idealists passion, a journalists eye for detail, and a lawyers attention to injustice, Sothern guides the reader on a journey through post-Katrina New Orleans.

Synopsis:

"Billy Sothern's Down in New Orleans illustrates, in very human and heartbreaking ways, how the horrors that emerged during and following Hurricane Katrina existed long before the storm. These beautifully composed stories not only reveal the dignity—and amazing grit and grace—of the hurricane's survivors; they also illuminate larger truths about the urgent issues of our day. Sothern magnifies the urgency of creating a government that really serves the common good—and a society that protects its poor and vulnerable."—Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation

"Billy Sothern is the only writer in the world who can simultaneously convince you that the forsaking of New Orleans is so much worse than you thought it was, and also that you should move there immediately. The smartest, most in-love-with-the-world book yet written about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina."—Rachel Maddow, host of "Air America Radio"

"As much as Down in New Orleans is a damning account of everything that went wrong after Katrina struck, it's also a deeply soulful and eloquent tribute—part paean and part eulogy—to a place [Sothern] loves almost despite himself. It's essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the past, present and future of this indispensable city."—Dave Eggers

About the Author

Billy Sothern is a staff attorney at the Capital Appeals Project and codirector of Reprieve (US), which is based in New Orleans. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and has written for The Nation, the New York Times, and Salon, among other publications. Nikki Page is a photographer, painter, and art teacher living in New Orleans.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue

I. Heading Straight for Us: The Days before and after Hurricane Katrina

1. A Man Leaves Home

2. A Stranger Comes to Town

3. "This Blues is Just Too Big"

II. This Could Be Anywhere: Katrinas Immediate Aftermath, Late Summer 2006

4. A Dollar Short

5. Poor, Nasey, Brutish, and Short

6. Not in My Backyard

7. Left to Die

8. Bring the War Home

9. The Dry Run of the Apocalypse

10. History Repeats Itself

III. Personals: Departures and Homecomings

11. Going Home

12. Oxford Town

13. I Do Believe I've Had Enough

14. Everyday Reminders

IV. Against the Ropes: New Orleanss Unlikely Recovery

15. Second Line

16. Gideon's Blues

17. Live from the Circle Bar

18. Corporate Limits

19. Fat Tuesday

20. Hard Lot

21. La Neuva Orleans

22. Yours in Struggle

23. In the Parish

24. Not Resigned

25. Epitaph

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520251496
Author:
Sothern, Billy
Publisher:
University of California Press
Photographer:
Page, Nikki
Author:
Page, Nikki
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Hurricanes
Subject:
Emergency management
Subject:
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Subject:
Hurricanes -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 b/w photographs
Pages:
349
Dimensions:
50 x 5.75 x 1 in 19 oz

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Product details 349 pages University of California Press - English 9780520251496 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Sothern, along with his wife, photographer Nikki Page, arrived in New Orleans four years ahead of Katrina. Writing with an idealists passion, a journalists eye for detail, and a lawyers attention to injustice, Sothern guides the reader on a journey through post-Katrina New Orleans.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Billy Sothern's Down in New Orleans illustrates, in very human and heartbreaking ways, how the horrors that emerged during and following Hurricane Katrina existed long before the storm. These beautifully composed stories not only reveal the dignity—and amazing grit and grace—of the hurricane's survivors; they also illuminate larger truths about the urgent issues of our day. Sothern magnifies the urgency of creating a government that really serves the common good—and a society that protects its poor and vulnerable."—Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation

"Billy Sothern is the only writer in the world who can simultaneously convince you that the forsaking of New Orleans is so much worse than you thought it was, and also that you should move there immediately. The smartest, most in-love-with-the-world book yet written about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina."—Rachel Maddow, host of "Air America Radio"

"As much as Down in New Orleans is a damning account of everything that went wrong after Katrina struck, it's also a deeply soulful and eloquent tribute—part paean and part eulogy—to a place [Sothern] loves almost despite himself. It's essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the past, present and future of this indispensable city."—Dave Eggers

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