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New Orleans: A Literary History Cover Image
By T. R. Johnson (Editor)
ISBN: 9781108498197
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Published: Cambridge University Press - October 17th, 2019

New Orleans is an indispensable element of America's national identity. As one of the most fabled cities in the world, it figures in countless novels, short stories, poems, plays, and films, as well as in popular lore and song.

Wildsam Field Guides: New Orleans Cover Image
By Taylor Bruce (Editor), Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781495112850
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Published: Wildsam Publishing - November 1st, 2014

Wildsam Field Guides: New Orleans reveals this one-of-a-kind city through local stories, travel intel and modern lore, seeking out the real and rooted things, what's truly authentic and sharing the soul of a place, for travelers and locals alike.

Revel in the eccentric and the vibrancy of New Orleans, including:

The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984819888
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 7th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new historical novel: the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.

The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125088
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Published: Grove Press - August 13th, 2019

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction

A New York Times Bestseller

Named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review

Named one of the "10 Best Books of 2019" by the New York Times Book Review, Seattle Times, Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Tribune, and Slate

Lost Boy Found (Deckle Edge) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538700563
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 10th, 2020

Perfect for fans of the NYT bestseller Sold on a Monday, this Southern historical novel based on the true story of a boy's mysterious disappearance examines despair, loyalty, and the nature of truth.

In 1913, on a summer's day at Half Moon Lake, Louisiana, four-year-old Sonny Davenport walks into the woods and never returns.

Highfire: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062938558
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 28th, 2020

True Detective meets Swamp Thing in the Artemis Fowl author’s neo-noirish thriller about a curmudgeonly dragon in Louisiana.” —Guardian

The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982128593
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 18th, 2020

A former parole officer shines a bright light on a huge yet hidden part of our justice system through the intertwining stories of seven parolees striving to survive the chaos that awaits them after prison in this illuminating and dramatic book.

The Land of Forgotten Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062238658
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 14th, 2017

In this acclaimed novel from Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, two sisters from the Philippines, abandoned by their father and living in impoverished circumstances in Louisiana, fight to make their lives better.

King and the Dragonflies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338129335
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 4th, 2020

Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature!
Winner of the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry!

In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.


Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357691
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 4th, 2020

A New York Times Editors' Choice
Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award
Longlisted for the Cundill History Prize

“Absorbing.… Segregation is not one story but many. Luxenberg has written his with energy, elegance and a heart aching for a world without it.” —James Goodman, The New York Times Book Review

Creole Feast: Fifteen Master Chefs of New Orleans Reveal Their Secrets Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608011506
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Published: University of New Orleans Press - January 30th, 2020

Before there were celebrity gourmands, Creole Feast brought together the stories and knowledge of New Orleans top chefs when it was first presented in 1978. These masters of modern Creole cuisine share the recipes, tips, and tricks from the kitchens of New Orleans' most famous restaurants, including Dooky Chase, Commander's Palace, Broussard's, and Galatoire's.

The Art of Dumpster Diving Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684424634
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Published: Turner - March 17th, 2020

Sixteen-year-old James and his little brother, Danny, live in Crystal Springs, Louisiana, with their grandmother, mother, and first cousin, Lila. The family is working class, proud, strict, and church-going. When a big, clumsy boy named Gabriel moves up the street with his minuscule and mysterious "auntie," James has a new friend who he loves and hates in equal measure.

Remembrance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250298454
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Published: Forge Books - January 21st, 2020

"Stunning. ... Family is at the core of Remembrance, the breathtaking debut novel by Rita Woods." -- The Boston Globe. This breakout historical debut with modern resonance is perfect for the many fans of The Underground Railroad and Orphan Train.

Becoming Free, Becoming Black (Studies in Legal History) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781108480642
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Published: Cambridge University Press - January 16th, 2020

How did Africans become 'blacks' in the Americas? Becoming Free, Becoming Black tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones. Their communities challenged slaveholders' efforts to make blackness synonymous with slavery.

Stone Motel: Memoirs of a Cajun Boy (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496827722
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - April 15th, 2020

In the summers of the early 1970s, Morris Ardoin and his siblings helped run their family's roadside motel in a hot, buggy, bayou town in Cajun Louisiana. The stifling, sticky heat inspired them to find creative ways to stay cool and out of trouble.

Josie Arlington's Storyville: The Life and Times of a New Orleans Madam Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467142540
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Published: History Press - February 3rd, 2020

At a time when women were denied opportunity, the lavish parlors of Storyville offered advancement for women who welcomed the vice. Mary Deubler, the Storyville madam who called herself Josie Arlington, more than welcomed carnal enterprise. A turbulent ch.

Cajun Document: Acadiana, 1973-74 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780917860768
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Published: Historic New Orleans Collections - April 1st, 2020

For six months in 1974, two young photographers, fresh out of art school in Chicago, traveled through Cajun country, documenting the people, festivals, material culture, and haunting landscapes of Acadiana and its coastal outposts.

A Private Cathedral: A Dave Robicheaux Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982151683
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 11th, 2020

After finding himself caught up in one of Louisiana’s oldest and bloodiest family rivalries, Detective Dave Robicheaux must battle the most terrifying adversary he has ever encountered: a time-traveling superhuman assassin.

The Shondell and Balangie families are longtime enemies in the New Iberia criminal underworld and show each other no mercy.

Rebel (Women Who Dare) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062861689
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Published: Avon - May 28th, 2019

The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins’s compelling new series follows a Northern woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War . . .

Solitary: A Biography (National Book Award Finalist; Pulitzer Prize Finalist) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802148308
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Published: Grove Press - December 3rd, 2019


Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement--in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana--all for a crime he did not commit.