Book review: My New Orleans …
August 8, 2009 § 16 Comments
This little book was on the “main” table in the Faulkner House bookstore. I was going to purchase Hemingway’ s book on writing to replace the one I gave Snarl, but I am not keen on redundancy. And this little book caught my eye.
I liked the book’s title because I think everyone has a “my New Orleans,” that is, their own way of seeing it, even if their view of the Crescent City is from afar, having never visited. (I DO have a problem with stereotypes as in those who assess that city as a hotbed of sin and sweat and see nothing else.)
Anyway, inside this book cover it mentions that purchase of the book also supports the city.
Rather than a formal review, here are some reasons for reading this book.
You enjoy essays.
You are interested in the form and format of the current essay, and you find quite a range here.
You are thinking about doing a book of essays about your town, city, home.
You know your way around New Orleans and can appreciate street references, various establishments, recipes
You don’t know anything at all about New Orleans but are intrigued
You’re doing research on what residents and/or celebrities have to say about the Crescent City.
You found the book at Starbucks and thought you might give it a whirl.
You are curious to hear Wynton Marsalis’s opinion of the place.
You like something you can read, stop reading, set down, pick up again…repeat.
The book’s editor, Rosemary James, lives upstairs over the Faulkner House Bookstore. When I left the shop, I stood in Pirate’s Alley looking up at her windows for a moment. I waved in case she happened to be looking out through the lacy curtains.
Yeah, I’m a book groupie. So sue me.