Berry orchestrates a parade of vibrant personalities, from the founder Bienville, a warrior emblazoned with snake tattoos; to Governor William C. C. Claiborne, General Andrew Jackson, and Pere Antoine, an influential priest and secret agent of the Inquisition; Sister Gertrude Morgan, a street evangelist and visionary artist of the 1960s; and Michael White, the famous clarinetist who remade his life after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina. The textured profiles of this extraordinary cast furnish a dramatic narrative of the beloved city, famous the world over for mysterious rituals as people dance when they bury their dead.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||10 MB|
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Every New Orleanian, including this one, possesses a cultural arrogance that makes us believe our city is more colorful and interesting than your city. We've been taught since we were children that New Orleans has the most rich and nuanced history of any city in the United States. Now that Jason Berry has written this masterful work, I no longer believe my city is more interesting than yours — I know it. Read this book so you can agree with me.James Carville
Beguiled by our weirdness, visitors marvel at New Orleans's irrepressible energy and wonder where it came from. Locals puzzle over it, too. This promises to be one of the indispensable books readers from across the spectrum will turn to for an answer.Lawrence N. Powell, author of The Accidental City