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New Orleans Memories
One Writer's City

By Carolyn Kolb

208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 45 b&w photographs, bibliography, index

9781617038839 Cloth $25.00T

Cloth, $25.00

A passionate native's salute to the past and present glories of the Crescent City

Carolyn Kolb provides a delightful and detailed look into the heart of her city, New Orleans. She is a former Times-Picayune reporter and current columnist for New Orleans magazine, where versions of these essays appeared as "Chronicles of Recent History." Kolb takes her readers, both those who live in New Orleans and those who love it as visitors, on a virtual tour of her favorite people and places. Divided into sections on Food, Mardi Gras, Literature, and Music, these short essays can be read in one gulp or devoured slowly over time. Either way, the reader will find a welcome companion and guide in Kolb.

In bringing her stories up to date, Kolb's writings reflect an ongoing pattern of life in her fascinating city. Since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, some of these things remembered will never return. Some of the people whose stories Kolb tells are no longer with us. It is important to her, and to us, that they not be forgotten. Kolb, and her readers, can honor them by sharing and enjoying their stories. As Kolb says, "When things fail, when the lights go out and the roof caves in and the water rises, all that remains, ultimately, is the story." This collection of such stories was made with love.

Carolyn Kolb, New Orleans, Louisiana, holds a doctorate in urban history from the University of New Orleans and teaches Louisiana history at Tulane University's School of Continuing Studies. She is the author of The Dolphin Guide to New Orleans.

208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 45 b&w photographs, bibliography, index