• Great Reads: Get Ready for New Orleans


    New Orleans has been the setting and subject of many great works of both fiction and non-fiction. Get ready for your New Orleans experience with some of these titles:

    • The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom.
      This memoir of a family in New Orleans won the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction and was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times.
    • Black Life in Old New Orleans by Keith Medley.
      A comprehensive history of New Orleans and the Black experience within the city.
    • I Hear You Knockin: The Sound of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues by Jeff Hannusch.
      An American Book Award winner, it documents the lives of important figures in the history of the rhythm and blues in New Orleans.
    • The Pelican Brief by John Grisham.
      Murder and political intrigue in Washington D.C. leads a young lawyer in New Orleans to write a brief that sets in motion a deadly puzzle.
    • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.
      Considered an American comic masterpiece, the book is famously set in New Orleans. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1981.

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