Tidwell--a celebrated travel and environmental writer--introduces readers to the surprisingly varied population of the Louisiana area. He describes the food, the music, the culture, and the lives of those who live along the bayou--a complex, compelling character itself.Tidwell--a celebrated travel and environmental writer--introduces readers to the surprisingly varied population of the Louisiana area. He describes the food, the music, the culture, and the lives of those who live along the bayou--a complex, compelling character itself.Read Less
Tildwell takes a unique approach to the issue of coastal erosion. An outsider to the region, he drives to southern Louisiana and embeds himself with the local people, viewing the tragedy of thetragic eradication due to the channelization of the Mississippi and oil-and-gas activity of the coast's centuries-old fishing communities
Jan 1, 2009
The book is about the coastal erosion problem in Louisiana. That's where I'm from, and where I've been living my whole life. I knew about it, but had no idea that the problem was this serious. As far as I know...most people here still aren't aware of it.
Many people in South Louisiana who shrimp for a living probably know, because it effects their culture, jobs, futures, and ways of life more directly. Shrimping is a billion dollar industry, and lots of people will loose their jobs.
Also, the more the wetlands are destroyed...the more vulnerable this state will be to severe hurricane damage.
People should realize that places like New Orleans, Metairie, etc... are not the only places in South Louisiana that exist or are worth saving. That's the same mentality that has led to a lot of the problems their experiencing now...especially the ones related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
I don't like to read---this is the first book I've read in years, but it's definitely worth reading.
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