Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives

By R. Reese Fuller

192 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, index

978-1-61703-129-8 Cloth $25.00t

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Perspectives from a longtime observer of the magic, artistry, and verve of acadiana

Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives is a collection of creative nonfiction pieces about the lively personalities who call south Louisiana home. Originally published in newspapers based in Lafayette--Times of Acadiana and Independent Weekly--the twenty-five profiles and features provide intriguing glimpses into the lives of well-known Louisianans such as James Lee Burke, Ernest J. Gaines, Elemore Morgan Jr., Buckwheat Zydeco, Marc Savoy, Boozoo Chavis, Calvin Borel, Santy Runyon, and Eddie Shuler. Author R. Reese Fuller also details the sometimes zany and sometimes tragic subjects that populate the cultural landscape of south Louisiana, from Tabasco peppers to Angola prison to cockfighting.

Fuller brings years of experience in the newspaper industry to bear on this collection, offering behind-the-scenes access not available elsewhere. Of particular note are his interviews with musicians and local celebrities, who reveal how their love of the region has influenced their work. Fuller's natural approach to storytelling creates a book that is a joy to read and truly represents the people of south Louisiana.

R. Reese Fuller, Lafayette, Louisiana, teaches English and U.S. history at the Episcopal School of Acadiana. He is a former assistant editor and senior writer for the Times of Acadiana and a former managing editor and senior writer with the Independent Weekly, both based in Lafayette. Follow him at

192 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, index