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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kay, August 22, 2007 (view all comments by kay)
Chris Rose gives voice to the voiceless and powerless city and her people devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This collection of columns is a love song to a city that comes palpably alive through his words. By turns hearbreaking and uplifting, it is required reading for anyone who loves New Orleans.
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1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.)
by Harry Shearer, Huffington Post,
"The Crescent City's bard."
by The New Republic,
"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."
by The Washington Post Book World,
"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."
by Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram,
"Read together as a book, the litany of torment and tragedy is numbing."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"As primary source material, this is top-drawer stuff."
by Christian Science Monitor,
"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."
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.
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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