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In the aftermath of Katrina and the disaster that followed, promises were made, forgotten, and renewed. Now what will become of New Orleans in the years ahead? What do this proud, battered city and its people mean to America and the world?

Award-winning author and longtime New Orleans resident Tom Piazza illuminates the storied culture and uncertain future of this great and neglected American metropolis by evoking the sensuous rapture of the city that gave us jazz music and Creole cooking; examining its deep undercurrents of corruption, racism, and injustice; and explaining how its people endure and transcend those conditions. And, perhaps most important, he asks us all to consider the spirit of this place and all the things it has shared with the world: its grace and beauty, resilience and soul.

Review:

"Hot and real and from the heart....An emotionally wrenching experience — at times hilarious, at times heartbreaking." New Orleans Times-Picayune

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"Pensive and elegiac...sharp [and] steely....A mournful dirge and a vivacious ode to the city." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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"An enjoyable meander through what used to be called 'the city that care forgot.'" Houston Chronicle

Review:

"Like a good jazz funeral, Why New Orleans Matters is both a mournful dirge and a vivacious ode to the city. Some have penned the city's epitaph, but Piazza is optimistic. Read this book and you'll be with him." Rocky Mountain News

Synopsis:

Award-winning novelist and cultural critic Tom Piazza is a longtime resident of New Orleans and a celebrator of the music and culture of that city. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, from a temporary outpost in Missouri, he began work immediately after the storm on this impassioned book-length essay on the storied past, imperiled present, and uncertain future of this great and most neglected of American cities. At its heart, it is a valentine to the people of New Orleans, and a plea for their spiritual survival. "That spirit is in terrible jeopardy right now," he writes. "If it dies, something precious and profound will go out of the

Synopsis:

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, award-winning novelist, cultural critic, and New Orleans resident Piazza began work on this impassioned book-length essay on the storied past, imperiled present, and uncertain future of this great and most neglected of American cities.

About the Author

Tom Piazza is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the acclaimed novels City of Refuge and My Cold War. He has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and other publications. He is the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship in Fiction, and a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey. He lives in New Orleans.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061131509
Author:
Piazza, Tom
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Tom Piazza
Author:
by Tom Piazza
Subject:
United States - South - New Orleans
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
New Orleans (La.) History.
Subject:
New Orleans (La.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
10.25 x 6.5 in 7.92 oz

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Product details 224 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061131509 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Hot and real and from the heart....An emotionally wrenching experience — at times hilarious, at times heartbreaking."
"Review" by , "Pensive and elegiac...sharp [and] steely....A mournful dirge and a vivacious ode to the city."
"Review" by , "An enjoyable meander through what used to be called 'the city that care forgot.'"
"Review" by , "Like a good jazz funeral, Why New Orleans Matters is both a mournful dirge and a vivacious ode to the city. Some have penned the city's epitaph, but Piazza is optimistic. Read this book and you'll be with him."
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning novelist and cultural critic Tom Piazza is a longtime resident of New Orleans and a celebrator of the music and culture of that city. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, from a temporary outpost in Missouri, he began work immediately after the storm on this impassioned book-length essay on the storied past, imperiled present, and uncertain future of this great and most neglected of American cities. At its heart, it is a valentine to the people of New Orleans, and a plea for their spiritual survival. "That spirit is in terrible jeopardy right now," he writes. "If it dies, something precious and profound will go out of the
"Synopsis" by , In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, award-winning novelist, cultural critic, and New Orleans resident Piazza began work on this impassioned book-length essay on the storied past, imperiled present, and uncertain future of this great and most neglected of American cities.
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