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What could be a better use of our Mardi Gras holiday than lying around eating King Cake and reading books about Louisiana life and culture? We've got to get all of our indulgences and debaucheries out before the start of the Lenten season (but who are we kidding, none of us are giving up our luxurious reading habits!).

Here's a list of great books about Mardi Gras, Louisiana, New Orleans and everything in between.

The Animals' Secret Krewe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631770487
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Mascot Books - March 3rd, 2015

Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455617647
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - September 10th, 2013

This extravagantly illustrated volume from a well-respected New Orleans expert covers such topics as the place of the old-line krewes in the evolution of Mardi Gras, women's groups, flambeaux, the Carnival foods, and more. Even with its loyalty to tradition, Carnival in New Orleans has changed dramatically since the 1980s. Terms such as Lundi Gras, Muses, Krewe d'Etat, and Orpheus are now part of the lexicon, while krewe names such as Venus, Mecca, and Freret survive only in trivia conversations and historical records. Fascinating and intimate, this book seamlessly intertwines the past with the present. The rich flavors of New Orleans-cultural and culinary-dance on every page of this handsome book.

Mardi Gras Dictionary Cover Image
By Beverly B. Vidrine, Patrick Soper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781565543324
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pelican Publishing Company - November 30th, 1997

This alphabet book covers everything about the festive holiday, from American Indian to Zulu.

Dinosaur Mardi Gras Cover Image
ISBN: 9781589809666
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - December 19th, 2011

Get ready to stomp and chomp to that mambo beat When carnival time rolls into New Orleans, these hip dinosaurs want to boogie on down. Iguanodon wiggles to the music of a marching band, while Zigongosaurus dances zydeco and Pterodactyal swoops into the crowd. From singing tunes and tossing beads, these big beasts sure know how to party.

The King Cake Baby Cover Image
By Keila Dawson, Vernon Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781455620135
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - January 23rd, 2015

"No, mon ami You can't catch me "

Gaston(r) Goes to Mardi Gras Cover Image
By James Rice (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781565542860
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pelican Publishing Company - November 30th, 1999

Gaston the alligator goes to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras and joins in the "courir du Mardi Gras," watches floats being made, participates in the Zulu parade, and sees other typical sights.

Gaston Goes to Mardi Gras (Gaston(r)) Cover Image
By James Rice (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781565547735
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - January 31st, 2000

Gaston' the Green-nosed Alligator has returned from the swamp and is taking adventurous readers on a colorful tour of Mardi Gras. From the Jefferson City Buzzards, the oldest marching group in the city, to the Krewes of Rex and Zulu, author and illustrator James Rice captures the magic of the carnival season in a coloring book designed for children of all ages.

Mardi Gras Activity Book Cover Image
By Karl Jones, Joey Chou (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780843182972
Availability: Special Order
Published: Price Stern Sloan - December 29th, 2015

Mardi Gras comes alive for readers in this bright, bold activity book with colorful craft ideas, recipes, games and mazes, stickers, and even press-out pieces to create a Mardi Gras celebration in your own home.

New Orleans Mother Goose Cover Image
By Ryan Adam, Marita Gentry (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781455619535
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - September 15th, 2014

Georg' Porg' ate crab cakes,
saw one move, cried, "Heaven's sakes "
When he found out the crab still lived,
His plate, he dropped-his face, he hid.

Timothy Hubble and the King Cake Party Cover Image
By Anita Prieto, Virginia Howard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781589805842
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Published: Pelican Publishing Company - December 15th, 2008

When young New Orleans newcomer Timmy is invited to a king cake party by his new friend Adam, he doesn't understand what the celebration is all about. He can only imagine that green, gold, and purple cake Adam describes and is confused by the idea of a baby baked inside.

Weird Louisiana: Your Travel Guide to Louisiana's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Cover Image
By Roger Manley, Mark Moran (Foreword by), Mark Sceurman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781402745546
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sterling - January 1st, 2010

The essential travel guide to the land of voodoo, hoodoo, and backwater bayous, "Weird Louisiana" reveals everything weird, wacky, and wonderful about this state.

Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco: Readings in Louisiana Culture Cover Image
By Marcia Gaudet (Editor), James C. McDonald (Editor)
ISBN: 9781578065301
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - April 15th, 2003

An anthology of essays that afford an understanding of southern Louisiana's diverse culture; collected here, the essays portray a land and a people that are unlike any other.

A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780802130204
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has sold over three-quarters of a million copies and continues to earn critical acclaim. The story of one Ignatius J. Reilly, a "Don Quixote of the French Quarter", it is a masterpiece of human folly and tragedy.

Out of the Easy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147508430
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Published: Speak - March 4th, 2014

Josie, the 17-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.

Satchmo: The Wonderful World and Art of Louis Armstrong Cover Image
By Steven Brower, Hilton Als (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780810995284
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 1st, 2009

A biography in the form of an art book, "Satchmo" tells the story of Louis Armstrong's life through his writings, scrapbooks, and artworks, many of which have never been published before.

Louisiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff Cover Image
ISBN: 9780762769773
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Published: Globe Pequot Press - November 20th, 2012

This definitive collection of the Pelican State's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things is filled with quirky photographs throughout and maps for each region. "Louisiana Curiosities" includes humorous state facts and amusing stories and serves as a combination almanac, off-the-wall travel guide, and wacky news gazette.

Gumbo YA-YA: Folk Tales of Louisiana Cover Image
ISBN: 9780882896458
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pelican Publishing Company - May 31st, 1987

The living folklore of Louisiana returns in this new edition of the classic long considered the finest collection of Louisiana folk tales and customs ever chronicled. A charming look at the legends and practices of the bayou country, especially New Orleans, Gumbo Ya-Ya has endured as a classic in its genre.

French Quarter Fiction: The Newest Stories of America's Oldest Bohemia Cover Image
By Joshua Clark (Editor), James Nolan (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780971407671
Availability: Special Order
Published: Light of New Orleans Publishing - April 1st, 2003

Beautiful, poignant, tragic, and comic, this collection of works by preeminent writers--John Biguenet, Poppy Z. Brite, Robert Olen Butler, Tennessee Williams, and others--explores the mysterious heart of New Orleans.

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Madam: A Novel of New Orleans Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142180624
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Published: Plume - February 25th, 2014

New Orleans, 1897. Mary Deubler makes a meager living on Venus Alley, the illegal red light district. That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a legalized district of vice that's mockingly dubbed "Storyville" in his honor. Despite her looks and intelligence, Mary doesn't think she can make it on Basin Street, where girls turn tricks in plush, velvet wallpapered bordellos. But thanks to gumption, twists of fate, even a touch of voodoo, Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madam Josie Arlington. Madam is a fabulous romp through The Big Easy and the irresistible tale of a woman's rise to influence and infamy in a world ruled by men.

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ISBN: 9780147509963
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Published: Speak - March 6th, 2014

First came the storms.Then came the Fever.And the Wall. After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct...but in reality, a new primitive society has been born. Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader's newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other's last hope for survival.

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ISBN: 9780515133974
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Published: Berkley - November 26th, 2002

Sitting deep in the bayou of Louisiana, Manet Hall has a secret that's been buried for 100 years. Its new owner is maverick Declan Fitzgerald, a man distracted by the alluring Angelina Simone, a woman with her own surprising connection to the mystery.

Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520274044
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Published: University of California Press - November 18th, 2013

A reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multi-faceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions.