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Nine Lives Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans (Paperback)

Author:  Dan Baum
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385523203
ISBN-13: 9780385523202
Sku: 211284304
Publish Date: 2/16/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 1T
Pages:  347
 
The fascinating world and rich culture of New Orleans come alive through the lives of nine colorful characters spanning 40 years and bracketed by two devastating hurricanes, interweaving the stories of their individual lives with the history of the Big Easy and the disasters that threaten its existence. Reprint. *Author: Baum, Dan *Subtitle: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans *Publication Date: 2010/02/16 *Number of Pages: 347 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.00
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The fascinating world and rich culture of New Orleans come alive through the lives of nine colorful characters spanning 40 years and bracketed by two devastating hurricanes, interweaving the stories of their individual lives with the history of the Big Easy and the disasters that threaten its existence. Reprint.The fascinating world and rich culture of New Orleans come alive through the lives of nine colorful characters spanning 40 years and bracketed by two devastating hurricanes, interweaving the stories of their individual lives with the history of the Big Easy and the disasters that threaten its existence. Reprint.
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In 2007, New Yorker reporter Dan Baum was assigned to visit New Orleans and document the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps he experienced a grand case of the Florence Nightingale effect, because he fell in love with the battered city, eventually quitting his job and moving there to write this book. Baum lovingly documents the intertwined lives of nine of N'Orleans's unique citizens, dwelling in the details of their lives both before and after the storm hit. Among those portrayed are a transsexual, a city cop, and a carnival king, all of whom can clearly delineate their lives around the tragic force of Katrina. Baum introduces each person so intimately and effectively that, by the time the ominous rains begin to fall, the reader is overwhelmed with dread at the imminent disaster.

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"[A]t about Page 65, something very real clicks in NINE LIVES. The small, stray, unobtrusive details that Mr. Baum has been planting along the way begin coming together and paying off, like a slot machine that's begun to glow and vibrate. By the final third of NINE LIVES, as the water begins pouring into the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, I was weeping like an idiot in the coffee shop where I was reading....NINE LIVES may be this young year's most artful and emotionally resonating nonfiction book so far." - Dwight Garner 02/17/2009

"Baum has written a splendid book that is two-thirds prologue. The winds and waters of Katrina don't begin battering the nine lives he puts on display until the reader is past Page 200, by which time his characters and their city have been realized in all their generosity and folly." - Thomas Mallon 02/22/2009

"[In this] absorbing, insightful look at the troubled recent history of New Orleans...Baum...illustrates the profound cultural richness of New Orleans, showing us its powerful sense of community, its laid-back lifestyle, and its unique blending of rich and poor, black and white." - Chuck Leddy 02/28/2009

"NINE LIVES is the product of [Baum's]...love affair with the sunken city, is a spiritual saga strikingly different from his magazine reporting. He says little about the political dynamics of Katrina and submerges his own voice as he weaves the experiences of nine New Orleans residents into a sinuous narrative." - Jason Berry 03/01/2009

"Baum's reporting, which focuses on nine longtime New Orleans residents, is superb. So is his writing." - Steven Weinberg 03/22/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
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Product attributePublisher:   Spiegel & Grau
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