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Voodoo. Vampires. Jazz. There's no city quite like New Orleans, a city that whispers stories and where writers come to eavesdrop. New Orleans Stories collects the very best writing on the Big Easy by a stellar gallery of writers for whom the city has played host and muse -- from Walt Whitman and William Faulkner to Anne Rice, Truman Capote, Walker Percy, Tennessee WilliamsVoodoo. Vampires. Jazz. There's no city quite like New Orleans, a city that whispers stories and where writers come to eavesdrop. New Orleans Stories collects the very best writing on the Big Easy by a stellar gallery of writers for whom the city has played host and muse -- from Walt Whitman and William Faulkner to Anne Rice, Truman Capote, Walker Percy, Tennessee Williams, and Zora Neale Hurston. With a striking new cover, this anthology captures the vibrancy -- and variety -- of New Orleans as it casts its most seductive spell....

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ISBN : 9780811844949
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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New Orleans Stories: Great Writers on the City Reviews

  • Greta
    2019-02-03 15:58

    Nice primer for our upcoming visit to New Orleans, renewed my interest in Truman Capote and stimulated my interest in Ellen Gilchrist. There are many different ways these writers express their love of the Crescent City, Hope to visit the haunts of Faulkner & Tennessee Williams.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-15 12:55

    I really enjoyed this collection, for the most part, but as someone who edited a few anthologies during my time as an editor at Penguin, I had a few quibbles. Overall, I was happy with the range represented here--particularly happy to see an excerpt from Louis Armstrong's fantastic autobiography here, as well as Ellen Gilchrist, who is a revelation. I also loved the historical documents included as well.On the other hand, there were some pretty embarrassing copyediting errors that I guarantee were not in the original books (including one in the Confederacy of Dunces excerpt and the Robert Penn Warren excerpt). The other aspect I found a bit off-putting was the pervasiveness of the n-word in the selections here. Example: the excerpt from Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men begins with, in my opinion, a rather purple description of the highway leading into Mason City. Embedded in that description is some rather embarrassing and, frankly, poorly written descriptions of black sharecroppers, including and complete with an attempt at dialect. Yes, this was the late forties. I'm not going to rail against RPW for writing this way. But I do think that the editor here, John Miller, could have used a bit of discretion. Including this excerpt from RPW was marginal--Mason City is not New Orleans, and the entire excerpt takes place there. But also, it's not really underscoring anything, which is what I'd imagine including this description might do, and as it does in other pieces in the book, especially Gilchrist's devastating "Rich." And having never read Anne Rice, I am glad to know that I should continue to avoid her work. Argh. Oh, and Carl Sandburg's description of Lincoln's trip down the Mississippi was a kick in the pants to read his biography of Lincoln.

  • Ronn
    2019-02-02 09:56

    This book is not so much a collection of stories as it is an introduction to books about New Orleans. It's not that this is a bad thing, but if you are expecting a book of short stories about N.O., this is not it. These are all chapters from books by a wide variety of writers for whom N.O. has held special resonance, from Mark Twain to Truman Capote to Ann Rice. I have to say that as an introduction to New Orleans literature, it provides an excellent overview.What has struck me most, considering the wide variety of writing styles is just how timeless these stories are. Unless there is a reference that places the events in a specific time period (i.e. slavery or going to a movie), most of these stories could take place anytime between 1820 and 1990. From these chapters, it's easy to imagine Rice's Christophe (from FEAST OF ALL SAINTS), Ellen Gilchrist's Tom Wilson (IN THE LAND OF DREAMY DREAMS), John James Audubon, and Walker Percy's Binx Bolling (THE MOVIEGOER) all sharing cafe au lait at the Cafe Du Monde. They would be scrupulously avoided by Toole's Ignatius Reilly (CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES) who doesnt wish to sully himself with such company. All this while a teenaged Louis Armstrong (GROWING UP IN NEW ORLEANS) plays for change.All in all, this was a fascinating read.

  • Erik
    2019-02-05 09:02

    Like any collection there are high points and low points. Of particular note are the Louis Armstrong autobiography, the O'Toole, and the Whitman piece. I could have lived without the Exploration of Louisiana and Mason City. Overall this is a collection that is a fun literary trip through New Orleans history, but I don't think you get the full experience without a deep love for, and a pretty good knowledge of, the city. If I had one complaint it was the prevalence of ugly racial currents in a number of the stories. Those episodes in history certainly exist and are worth a mention, but the sheer number and the lack of other perspectives to balance them out seems inappropriate for a book that claims to represent the spirit of the city.

  • Casey
    2019-02-12 14:54

    I am thoroughly enjoying this book so far! I too was expecting a collection of short stories about the city rather than excerpts of other books and stories in which the city is a back-drop, or a setting, or even a character. Nonetheless, this book has me researching authors whose works I haven't fully explored, and falling in love all over again with the ones I have. I am enjoying reading about familiar locations and when a familiar author is doing the writing, it's almost like running in to an old friend...a way cooler, much more interesting friend. Thus far, I have loved: Armstrong's "Growing Up", Capote's "Dazzle", and Thackeray's "Mississippi Bubble", which actually had me laughing out loud and re-reading it right after finishing!

  • Maryann
    2019-02-17 09:05

    This collection of 22 stories are either about New Orleans or take place there. Some are short stories, some are excerpts of novels and one is a list of superstitions and home remedies for everything from colic to tuberculosis. I loved Mark Twain's story about mule racing. Overall, it was a very diverse group of stories and perspectives of the Crescent City. Food: gumbo, of course. Rich, full of yummy bites.

  • Molly
    2019-02-15 09:50

    Terrific survey of NOLA tales & voices from 1699 to the present era. Esp loved a vignette by Mark Twain and Truman Capote's story "Dazzle". After reading excerpt from "Confederacy of Dunces" in it, I now have to read the whole thing. Captures a lot of the different flavors of the Crescent City.

  • Jen
    2019-02-16 13:53

    This book was given to me by a dear friend to read upon recovering from knee surgery. I only had the attention span for short stories and I remember this one very fondly. I had a serious crush on the city of New Orleans....

  • Patricia
    2019-01-19 10:01

    Wonderful stories, about this city that has inspired so many writers!

  • Michelle Peet
    2019-01-25 09:50

    Used this in my English classes when we did a focus on New Orleans during the fall semester. Great variety of genres in this anthology.

  • Courtney
    2019-01-18 15:55

    Only about 1/4 of these are short stories; the rest are excerpts. I was hoping for more short stories. Need to find a lot of the books/plays the excerpts were taken from.

  • Sandy
    2019-01-31 16:51

    Read this when we were visiting NOLA. Great intro to a great city.

  • Yvonne
    2019-02-06 15:01

    some poor choices here but also some good ones. definitely not a good overview of New Orleans' writers but a decent enough quick read.

  • Lori
    2019-01-27 08:55

    loved the louis armstrong excerpt...i def. want to go read more of that!