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Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans

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Originating in a heralded series of "New Yorker" articles, "Nine Lives" explores New Orleans through the lives of nine characters over 40 years, ... Show synopsis

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throwingheat

A Bracing Portrait

by throwingheat on Feb 23, 2012

Whatever you thought you knew or understood about New Orleans was incomplete until Dan Baum decided to write this book. Exploring the truncated biographies of a highly diverse group of nine of its citizens as Katrina looms, then strikes, then leaves such well-documented devastation in her wake, Baum teases out each personal tale and layers them like fishnets drying in the sun. His narrative style--reportorial, but infused with a novelist's impressionistic attention to detail--recalls the "New Journalism" that such writers as Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote brought to our attention a generation ago. Whatever label one might attach to Baum's prose, this is an absorbing, dramatic, heart-breaking, and inspiring piece of work, impossible to put down as we work the steps with these unforgettable people. A recording of songs inspired by the people and events in the book was recently released (featuring a who's who of outstanding local artists), and promises to be developed into a stage production. Not to be missed!

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