Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Love Letter to the Big Easy

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, award-winning author and New Orleans resident Tom Piazza wondered what would become of the city he loved. Moved to illuminate its storied culture as well as ponder its uncertain future, in Why New Orleans Matters he asks students to consider the spirit of his home and all the things it has shared with the world--grace and beauty, resilience and soul.

"Pensive and elegiac. . . . Sharp [and] steely. . . . Like a good jazz funeral, Why New Orleans Matters is both a mournful dirge and a vivacious ode to a city."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Reading [Why New Orleans Matters] is an emotionally wrenching experience--at times hilarious, at times heartbreaking."--New Orleans Times-Picayune

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