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Angola to Zydeco - Louisiana Lives

Angola to Zydeco

Louisiana Lives

By R. Reese Fuller
Hardcover : 9781617031298, 192 pages, September 2011

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.


What a delightful collection of essays on some of the most interesting characters in South Louisiana! Reese Fuller was a fine journalist, one whose knack for getting the story right I learned quickly to trust. And there was a reason for that. He actually listened. .. carefully. .. after he asked questions, and he allowed his informants to have their own say in their own words in his stories. This collection of stories is the result of that careful attention, not to mention the fact that the guy can write a story once he gets it.

- Barry Jean Ancelet, Granger & Debaillon/BORSF Endowed Professor of Francophone Studies and Folklore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette