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Publisher Comments:

1 Dead in Attic is a collection of stories by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Celebrated as a local treasure and heaped with national praise, Rose provides a rollercoaster ride of observation, commentary, emotion, tragedy, and even humor — in a way that only he could find in a devastated wasteland.

They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of survivors and believers, stories of hope and despair. And stories about refrigerators.

Dead in Attic freeze-frames New Orleans, caught between an old era and a new, during its most desperate time, as it struggles out of the floodwaters and wills itself back to life.

Review:

"The physical and psychic dislocation wrought by Hurricane Katrina is painstakingly recollected in this brilliant collection of columns by award-winning New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Rose (who has already hand-sold 60,000 self-published copies). After evacuating his family first to Mississippi and then to his native Maryland, Rose returned almost immediately to chronicle his adopted hometown's journey to 'hell and back.' Rose deftly sketches portraits of the living, from the cat lady who survives the storm only to die from injuries sustained during a post-hurricane mugging, to the California National Guard troops who gratefully chow down on steaks Rose managed to turn up in an unscathed French Quarter freezer. He's equally adept at evoking the spirit of the dead and missing, summed up by the title, quoting the entirety of an epitaph spray-painted on one home. Although the usual suspects (FEMA and Mayor Ray Nagin, among others) receive their fair share of barbs, Rose's rancor toward the powers that be is surprisingly muted. In contrast, he chronicles his own descent into mental illness (and subsequent recovery) with unsparing detail; though his maniacal dedication to witnessing the innumerable tragedies wrought by 'The Thing' took him down a dark, dangerous path ('three friends of mine have, in fact, killed themselves in the past year'), it also produced one of the finest first-person accounts yet in the growing Katrina canon." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The Crescent City's bard." Harry Shearer, Huffington Post

Review:

"The most engaging of the Katrina books...packed with more heart, honesty, and wit....Rose was more interested in telling the searing stories of his shattered city than assigning the blame for its demise." The New Republic

Review:

"These are impressionistic cries of pain and mordant humor...they so aptly mirrored the sense of surreal dislocation experienced by New Orleanians that they turned Rose into a voice of the tortured city." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Read together as a book, the litany of torment and tragedy is numbing." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Review:

"As primary source material, this is top-drawer stuff." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Reading 1 Dead in Attic is like walking hand in hand with Rose through his stages of grief: crying, raging, questioning, and eventually smiling as he describes the unbreakable soul of the Big Easy." Christian Science Monitor

Synopsis:

1 Dead in Attic is a collection of stories by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Celebrated as a local treasure and heaped with national praise, Rose provides a rollercoaster ride of observation, commentary, emotion, tragedy, and even humor—in a way that only he could find in a devastated wasteland.

They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of survivors and believers, stories of hope and despair. And stories about refrigerators.

1 Dead in Attic freeze-frames New Orleans, caught between an old era and a new, during its most desperate time, as it struggles out of the floodwaters and wills itself back to life.

Synopsis:

Originally a self-published sensation by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, 1 Dead in Attic captures the heart and soul of New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

About the Author

Chris Rose is a columnist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, an essayist for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and a frequent commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. In 2006, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary in recognition of his Katrina columns and was awarded a share in the Times-Picayune staff's Pulitzer for Public Service. Rose lives in New Orleans with his three children.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

Who We Are

Early Days

Facing the Unknown

The First Time Back

Survivors

Life in the Surreal City

Hope

Rita Takes Aim

The Empty City

God and Strippers

The More Things Change

Enough to Feed an Army

Tough Times in the Blue Tarp Town

Blue Roof Blues

The Smell

The Elephant Men

Mad City

1 Dead in Attic

Despair

The Ties That Bind

My Introduction to New Orleans

The Funky Butt

The Hurricane Kids

Traveling Man

Have Barbie, Will Travel

Prep Boys and Jesuits

Good-bye

Groundhog Day

Coming Home

Life in the Refrigerator City

Civil Unrest

Refrigerator Town

Lurching Toward Babylon

The Cat Lady

Caving In

The Magnet Man

The Last Ride

Lights in the City

Let the Good Times Roll

Our Katrina Christmas

Tears, Fears, and a New Year

Misadventures in the Chocolate City

Chocolate City

Tutti-Frutti

He Had a Dream

He's Picking the Pairs for Nola's Ark

Rider on the Storm

Car 54, Where Are You?

Not in My Pothole

Survive This

Love Among the Ruins

September Never Ends

The Muddy Middle Ground

Misery in the Melting Pot

The End of the World

A Huck Finn Kind of Life

Our Very Scary Summer

Songs in the Key of Strife

The End of the Line

We Raze, and Raise, and Keep Pushing Forward

Echoes of Katrina in the Country

The Purple Upside-Down Car

Second Line, Same Verse

Don't Mess with Mrs. Rose

Shooting the Rock

The City That Hair Forgot

A Rapturous Day in the Real World

Big Daddy No Fun

Peace Among the Ruins

Artful Practicality

"She Rescued My Heart"

Miss Ellen Deserved Better

Things Worth Fighting For

Rebirth at the Maple Leaf

Melancholy Reveler

They Don't Get Mardi Gras, and They Never Will

Reality Fest

Love Fest

O Brothers, Where Be Y'all?

Funeral for a Friend

Thanks, We Needed That

Say What's So, Joe

A Night to Remember

Eternal Dome Nation

Falling Down

On the Inside Looking Out

A City on Hold

A Tough Nut to Crack

Hell and Back

Letters from the Edge

Where We Go From Here

Children of the Storm, It's Time to Represent

Thank You, Whoever You Are

A New Dawn

Acknowledgments

What Our Readers Are Saying

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Kati Sipp, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by Kati Sipp)
Flat out brilliant reporting on the devastation, both human and infrastructural, caused by Hurricane Katrina.
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Kati Sipp, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by Kati Sipp)
Flat out brilliant reporting on the devastation, both human and infrastructural, caused by Hurricane Katrina.
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elle, August 28, 2007 (view all comments by elle)
Kay comments that this book should be required reading for everyone who loves New Orleans; actually, I think it should be required reading for everyone in the U.S. In fact, I think it's more important that people who don't love New Orleans should have to read it so they can understand what happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Chris Rose wrote an entertainment column for the local newspaper before the storm. I really didn't care for his column at all. His writing was fluff - self-involved, pompous, and arrogant - mostly about spotting celebrities in the city.

However, after Hurricane Katrina he stepped up to the plate as a writer and journalist like I've never experienced before. His writings tapped into and perfectly captured the exact feelings that every New Orleanian was having. It's an incredibly heartfelt and moving collection of essays.

Trust me, as a New Orleanian, I've read every post-Katrina book out there. This one is hands-down the best. Buy copies for everyone you know. It's that good and it's that important that the rest of the country understand more about our country's worst natural disaster in history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416552987
Author:
Rose, Chris
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
Hurricanes
Subject:
Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Subject:
Hurricanes -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 11.9 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The physical and psychic dislocation wrought by Hurricane Katrina is painstakingly recollected in this brilliant collection of columns by award-winning New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Rose (who has already hand-sold 60,000 self-published copies). After evacuating his family first to Mississippi and then to his native Maryland, Rose returned almost immediately to chronicle his adopted hometown's journey to 'hell and back.' Rose deftly sketches portraits of the living, from the cat lady who survives the storm only to die from injuries sustained during a post-hurricane mugging, to the California National Guard troops who gratefully chow down on steaks Rose managed to turn up in an unscathed French Quarter freezer. He's equally adept at evoking the spirit of the dead and missing, summed up by the title, quoting the entirety of an epitaph spray-painted on one home. Although the usual suspects (FEMA and Mayor Ray Nagin, among others) receive their fair share of barbs, Rose's rancor toward the powers that be is surprisingly muted. In contrast, he chronicles his own descent into mental illness (and subsequent recovery) with unsparing detail; though his maniacal dedication to witnessing the innumerable tragedies wrought by 'The Thing' took him down a dark, dangerous path ('three friends of mine have, in fact, killed themselves in the past year'), it also produced one of the finest first-person accounts yet in the growing Katrina canon." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The Crescent City's bard."
"Review" by , "The most engaging of the Katrina books...packed with more heart, honesty, and wit....Rose was more interested in telling the searing stories of his shattered city than assigning the blame for its demise."
"Review" by , "These are impressionistic cries of pain and mordant humor...they so aptly mirrored the sense of surreal dislocation experienced by New Orleanians that they turned Rose into a voice of the tortured city."
"Review" by , "Read together as a book, the litany of torment and tragedy is numbing."
"Review" by , "As primary source material, this is top-drawer stuff."
"Review" by , "Reading 1 Dead in Attic is like walking hand in hand with Rose through his stages of grief: crying, raging, questioning, and eventually smiling as he describes the unbreakable soul of the Big Easy."
"Synopsis" by , 1 Dead in Attic is a collection of stories by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Celebrated as a local treasure and heaped with national praise, Rose provides a rollercoaster ride of observation, commentary, emotion, tragedy, and even humor—in a way that only he could find in a devastated wasteland.

They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of survivors and believers, stories of hope and despair. And stories about refrigerators.

1 Dead in Attic freeze-frames New Orleans, caught between an old era and a new, during its most desperate time, as it struggles out of the floodwaters and wills itself back to life.

"Synopsis" by , Originally a self-published sensation by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, 1 Dead in Attic captures the heart and soul of New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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