Down in New Orleans Reflections from a Drowned City

ISBN-10: 0520251490
ISBN-13: 9780520251496
Edition: 2007
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Description: "Post-Katrina New Orleans hasn't been an easy place to live, it hasn't been an easy place to be in love, it hasn't been an easy place to take care of yourself or see the bright side of things." So reflects Billy Sothern in this riveting and  More...

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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/27/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 360
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

"Post-Katrina New Orleans hasn't been an easy place to live, it hasn't been an easy place to be in love, it hasn't been an easy place to take care of yourself or see the bright side of things." So reflects Billy Sothern in this riveting and unforgettable insider's chronicle of the epic 2005 disaster and the year that followed. Sothern, a death penalty lawyer who with his wife, photographer Nikki Page, arrived in the Crescent City four years ahead of Katrina, delivers a haunting, personal, and quintessentially American story. Writing with an idealist's passion, a journalist's eye for detail, and a lawyer's attention to injustice, Sothern recounts their struggle to come to terms with the enormity of the apocalyptic scenario they managed to live through. He guides the reader on a journey through post-Katrina New Orleans and an array of indelible images--prisoners abandoned in their cells with waters rising, a longtime New Orleans resident of Middle Eastern descent unfairly imprisoned following the hurricane, trailer-bound New Orleanians struggling to make ends meet but celebrating with abandon during Mardi Gras--and offers a powerful vision of what Katrina has meant to New Orleans and what it still means to the nation at large.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Heading Straight for Us: The Days Before and After Hurricane Katrina
A Man Leaves Home
A Stranger Comes to Town
"This Blues Is Just Too Big"
This Could be Anywhere: Katrina's Immediate Aftermath, Late Summer 2006
A Dollar Short
Poor, Nasty, Brutish, and Short
Not in My Backyard
Left to Die
Bring the War Home
The Dry Run of the Apocalypse
History Repeats Itself
Personals: Departures and Homecomings
Going Home
Oxford Town
I Do Believe I've Had Enough
Everyday Reminders
Against the Ropes: New Orleans's Unlikely Recovery
Second Line
Gideon's Blues
Live from the Circle Bar
Corporate Limits
Fat Tuesday
Hard Lot
La Nueva Orleans
Yours in Struggle
In the Parish
Not Resigned
Epitaph
Notes
Index

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