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Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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I cant really tell you why I picked this up but it really does deliver. I live in Houston and can really connect with the events in it. It almost was emotionally hard to read in places because of that close connection with Katrina.

The nine lives this book tells dr...
I cant really tell you why I picked this up but it really does deliver. I live in Houston and can really connect with the events in it. It almost was emotionally hard to read in places because of that close connection with Katrina.

The nine lives this book tells draws you in and just refuses to let go. I have always found it interesting to actually think about growing old. To think about what your parents know and to think about what they have seen. This book gives a look at that. Showing you a person grow old, showing their struggles and triumphs.

It also provided a different look at Katrina, one you may not have seen before, one that I found eye opening.

I will admit I did loose track of the characters stories and who was who with all the changing and darting around from person to person but I always found myself looking forward to hearing about what was next in their lives.

The book also really shows you why people find the city so great and why people will really never leave.

Awesome.

posted by Coggy on February 21, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A great book that describes the many diverse citizens inhabiting and living in New Orleans.

I was born and raised in New Orleans and am related to one of the characters in this book and also used to frequently shop at the card shop owned by one of the characters in this book. This book gives you an idea of the great people inhabiting this city and how this cit...
I was born and raised in New Orleans and am related to one of the characters in this book and also used to frequently shop at the card shop owned by one of the characters in this book. This book gives you an idea of the great people inhabiting this city and how this city is full of life and has a hold on all of the people that live in it. It is not an easy city to describe nor are the people. I loved reading all of the stories in this book because it gave you an insight on some of the areas that people usually do not and did not come across on a daily basis. It is a great book, though it does not go into as great a detail as I would have liked but it gives you an approach to a city and the diversity of citizens. This city you could describe it in a few words but as the book illustrates, the real city and the citizens you may know are more than the cover of a book, you have to read more into it and them. This book is an uplifting book, it is not just about the effects of Katrina, it is about a city full of culture, neighbors you thought you had known and to the future of our city and it's inhabitants and their strength to move on and rebuild this great city and keep it's architecture, music, and neighborhoods alive. People wonder why try to rebuild here, this book may answer some of these thoughts by giving you an insight on the special people and places in New Orleans. This city is unlike any in the United States, the old is next to the new, the poor live right next door to the rich. This book gives you an expample of the life here but you will want to know more and more after reading this book because you get involved in these people's lives and you are pulling for all of them and their dedication to their families, their city and their fellow citizens of New Orleans.

posted by Sharona_GentillyTerrace on April 20, 2009

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