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Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans


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Patricia Richardson, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Patricia Richardson)
My favorite book of the year was a difficult choice, but I picked Nine Lives. So much to this book! - history, suspense, personalities across the entire spectrum making up New Orleans society. I found myself repeatedly doing internet research to find out more details of events or people, and everything I learned matched up what Dan Baum presented accurately. This is a book I would read again and I look forward to a return trip to New Orleans to visit locales featured in the book. This is a must read for anyone touched by Katrina and its aftermath, or just by the color and legacy of New Orleans itself.
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Carrita, January 26, 2012 (view all comments by Carrita)
i have read about the first 42 pages and feel drawn in from the start even though the author said it would take 50 pages to understand what was going on. some of time frame is around hurricane betsy and is in the 9th and 7th wards. the author has done a gread job of describing the people, events and houses and area. the reason i know some of this is because my husband is from new orleans and lived in the 9th ward and said that the details are all correct - so kudos to the author. this is a definite recommend read - the only problem i have is that it would be better on an eboook where i can adjust the print. the print in this book is hard for me as an older lady to read and so i use a magnifying glass to read it but it is great.
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Susan Feldman, December 23, 2011 (view all comments by Susan Feldman)
If you've ever been to New Orleans, or are thinking about going or love the series Treme, this book is required reading. Former New Yorker writer Dan Baum takes you to New Orleans with the pre- and post-Katrina stories of 9 wildly diverse New Orleaneans. Baum brilliantly allows his 9 interviewees to weave a history lesson (Hurricane Betsy, Mardi Gras Indians, Krews, second lines) into their personal stories of the devastating impact Katrina had on the people, built environment, and culture of this amazing city.
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Jane Ballard, March 9, 2010 (view all comments by Jane Ballard)
Dan Baum follows the lives of nine disparate New Orleanians -- from a bedraggled ex-convict to a high society white lawyer -- over four decades and bracketed by two spectacular hurricanes to demonstrate how life was fundamentally changed, if not completely destroyed, by Hurricane Katrina. While many books have covered the storm and its effects on the Big Easy, none have focused as sharply on the individuals injured, killed and left homeless by the hurricane that leveled the Gulf Coast -- and how they rose again, no matter how hopeless it may have seemed, to resurrect the only city they could ever call home.
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Baum, Dan
Spiegel & Grau
Regional Subjects - South
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New Orleans (La.)
New Orleans (La.) Social conditions.
Biography - General
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"Review" by , "Nine Lives reaches for, and grasps, an astonishing range of experience in New Orleans. In tracing the paths of these lives over decades, and across the lines of age, race, class, and gender, it gives an essential perspective on what was lost, and found, by the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Dan Baum doesn't live in New Orleans, but New Orleans lives in him, and on every page of this harrowing, compassionate book."
"Review" by , "Nine Lives is stunning work. Dan Baum has immersed himself in New Orleans, the most fascinating city in the United States, and illuminated it in a way that is as innovative as Tom Wolfe on hot rods and Truman Capote on a pair of murderers. Full of stylistic brilliance and deep insight and an overriding compassion, Nine Lives is an instant classic of creative nonfiction."
"Review" by , "Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans is one of the most moving — and riveting — books ever written about the rich and complicated life we live here."
"Review" by , "A splendid book... Baum continually serves up wonderful detail and phrasing....People in Nine Lives sometimes use the phrase 'You feel me?' the way other people say 'You understand?' If Baum had employed these words as the last line of his book, as a question about everything he's told us, the answer would be a firm, appreciative 'yes'."
"Review" by , "[A] shimmering portrait... [Baum] adroitly moves his subjects through parades, prisons, divorces, sex changes, fancy balls and gun brawls — yes, the stuff of life here — showing New Orleans as a magnetic, enduring force."
"Synopsis" by , Originating in a heralded series of New Yorker articles, Nine Lives explores New Orleans through the lives of nine characters over 40 years, bracketed by two epic hurricanes.
"Synopsis" by , Nines Lives is a multivoiced biography of a dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city, told through the lives of nine unforgettable characters and bracketed by two epic storms: Hurricane Betsy, which transformed New Orleans in the 1960s, and Hurricane Katrina, which nearly destroyed it. Dan Baum brings this kaleidoscopic portrait to life, showing us what was lost in the storm and what remains to be saved.
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