The 683 Oddest, Most Inspiring, Totally Scandalous and Just Plain Weird Things You Never Knew about New Orleans
With its colorful past, outsized personalities and tragic history of natural disasters, New Orleans is a city like no other. Now, Monica M. Dalide gives us 683 reasons the birthplace of Jazz has been called "the most unique city in America." Presented in a series of bite-sized trivia nuggets, 683 Things About New Orleans amuses, surprises and shocks with the juiciest bits culled from the city’s history books and diverse cultural milieu. Readers can:
- Take a beginner's class in the New Orleans lexicon, where "make a do do" means "get some shuteye" and a "yat" is the essential sign of a native
- Get the skinny on the city's rich musical heritage-the birthplace of Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino and Louis Armstrong, to name a few
- Learn how New Orleans' infamous legal prostitution district came to an end (and meet the unfortunate city official it was named for)
- Hear the story behind Crescent City-invented drinks like the hurricane, Sazerac cocktail and powerful "hand grenade"
- Meet dozens of famous New Orleanians-from to Lee Harvey Oswald to Reese Witherspoon
- Much, much more!
Divided into 22 sections covering everything from sports to slave revolts (and, of course, Mardi Gras), 683 Things About New Orleans is the ultimate insider's bible-a field guide to the city's special quirks, only-in-New Orleans traditions and betcha-didn't-know past-that's sure to appeal to the native, the traveler and the former resident alike. But most of all, it's a reminder of just what makes this city so great.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book for a Christmas gift and, after reading through it, I bought another copy for my own bookshelf. It¿s a great little book about the little known history of New Orleans, its colloquialisms, its food, its legends and famous natives written by a native who clearly loves the city. It is a sure-fire cure for homesickness of a certain New Orleans nature for anyone who calls, has called or will soon call the Crescent City home. It¿s also great additional reading for the traveler. Easy to read and very informative!
683 Things About New Orleans is a great little book about one of America's most interesting cities. This informative, easy read gives readers 683 substantive reasons why New Orleans is a place of historical and cultural importance that ought to be treasured, preserved and not allowed to perish. Not only does it provide a good, entertaining foundation on the city's local customs, food, music, landmarks, points of interest for the would-be visitor, but it will likely enlighten natives, ex-pats and locals about a few home-grown tidbits of knowledge, as well. I highly recommend this book for anyone - traveler or native - desiring to get the true flavor of New Orleans from one of its own.
683 Things About New Orleans is a great book loaded with interesting tidbits and insights into America's most unique city. The author is a native and so clearly loves the city, highlighting both the tangible things that make the Crescent City truly special, as well as the intangible things that only a native would know. It touches on almost every facet of this amazing city - architecture, people, places, customs, culture, and of course, Mardi Gras. You name it, it is there! 683 Things is an enjoyable read, and would make a great gift for anyone from New Orleans, anyone who plans to visit or move to New Orleans, or simply loves history. Plus, 5% of the proceeds of sales are to be donated to the Make it Right Project founded by Brad Pitt - the book brings much needed positive attention to the city, while helping rebuild it in a positive way. Thanks to the author for writing this special little book - more people need to know the importance of New Orleans.