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Remembering the sights and sounds of Mid-City

If he thinks about it hard enough, Ronald Fisher can still remember how the best roast beef po-boy in the world smells. “First of all, it was the Creole mustard,” Fisher says, laughing about how he’d clutch the paper bag close to him during his walk home from the Triangle in Mid-City. “I would hold my nose… Continue reading →

New Orleans author leads readers on ‘The Last Great Walk’

Photo provided by Wayne Curtis --

Author Wayne Curtis takes a seat, facing me with his back to the tall windows of his Uptown home. I can see outside, where I note a steady stream of walkers on the street. Curtis has returned a few days earlier from his annual trip to Maine, where he spends four months “at the edge of nowhere”… Continue reading →

N.O. voices captured well in characters’ stories

'You Don't Know Me' by James Nolan

“You Don’t Know Me: New & Selected Stories” by James Nolan. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2014. $20. Anyone who is familiar with New Orleans knows it is home to a population that is soulful, proud, creative and often quirky, to say the least. No… Continue reading →

Take rhyme journey with ‘New Orleans Mother Goose’

New Orleans Mother Goose

“New Orleans Mother Goose” by Ryan Adam. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $17.99. Marita’s Gentry’s gorgeous illustrations make New Orleans jump off the pages in this fun take on various New Orleans themed-nursery rhymes. Ryan Adam takes readers on journeys throughout New Orleans and Louisiana with each rhyme… Continue reading →

‘No Surrender’ for author Hiaasen, or for hero Skink

Photo by Tim Chapman -- Carl Hiaasen

It all started when a writer needed a character who was a hermit. “I was writing about murder and corruption on the professional bass fishing circuit,” said bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen. “It was territory I pretty much had to myself in the literary world.” And so he created Skink, who first appeared… Continue reading →

An age-old mystery springs to life in ‘The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case’

Photo provided -- University of Maryland history professor Mike Ross

Sometimes the work of a historian resembles old-fashioned detective work, gumshoeing through newspapers and public records, paging through old phone books. That’s certainly how it was for Michael Ross, an assistant professor of the University of Maryland, in writing “The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the… Continue reading →

Book sure to bring smiles to children’s faces

Spaghetti Smiles

“Spaghetti Smiles” by Margo Sorenson. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $16.99. Upon learning that his Uncle Rocco’s Italian restaurant may have to close unless he finds another tenant to move in next door, Jake sets about the neighborhood to help save the restaurant and in the process find the perfect solution… Continue reading →

Alan Furst bests himself in depiction of exiled Spaniard

“Midnight in Europe” by Alan Furst. Random House, 2014. $27. Midnight, the Devil’s hour, Europe in 1938: Franco and the Nationalists near victory in the Spanish Civil War, Hitler absorbs Austria, Chamberlain and Daladier abandon Czechoslovakia at Munich. Darkness leads only to pitch black; war will surely come in… Continue reading →

Ex-Mayor Schiro’s tale sheds light on modern N.O.

“Mayor Victor H. Schiro: New Orleans in Transition 1961-1970” by Edward F. Hass. University of Mississippi Press, 2014. $35. Edward F. Haas brings over a decade’s worth of research to his study of former New Orleans Mayor Victor H. Schiro. The book traces Schiro’s early adult life… Continue reading →

Shining light on Sun Records: La. author tells behind-scenes story of her days at cradle of rock ’n roll

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Barbara Barnes Sims, who worked at Sun Records in the late 1950s, recounts her years at the Memphis hit maker in her new book 'The Next Elvis:Searching for Stardom at Sun Records.'

Sun Records left the music world all shook up. During the mid-to-late 1950s, the Memphis-based Sun released the early recordings of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich. Louisiana author Barbara Barnes Sims was there. LSU Press published her account of the record company, “The Next Elvis: Searching… Continue reading →

New book explores Cump Sherman’s legacy

“Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman” by Robert L. O’Connell. Random House, 2014. $28. There are signs of the Civil War all over LSU. Mentions of the Ole War Skule, the antebellum forebear of the current university, and… Continue reading →

New Orleans changes boy’s life in new book

“New Orleans Spirit: A Tchoupitoulas Life” by Richard Edgar Zwez. Createspace, 2014. $15. Tired of moving from town to town with his artist mother, Johnny Smith begs his mother to consider New Orleans as one of their future destinations. The move would put them close to family… Continue reading →

Burn’s ‘Sugar Skull’ a powerful read for adults

“Sugar Skull” by Charles Burns. Pantheon, 2014. $23. In this reality-bending third installment, we follow Dougy, a normal man dealing with his past, and Johnny, his alter ego. The story flashes back and forth between reality and a semidream state where things can get very unusual. Dougy, dealing with… Continue reading →

Acclaimed memoirist Jesmyn Ward signs on to teach at Tulane

Jesmyn Ward

Tulane creative writing professor and novelist Jesmyn Ward, who grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi, won both the National Book Award for Fiction (2011) and an Alex Award (2012) for her second novel, “Salvage the Bones,” centered on a community’s struggles before and immediately after Hurricane Katrina. Tonight she celebrates the release of her memoir (“Men We Reaped”) in… Continue reading →

A vision of betrayal ‘Perfidia’ takes readers to WWII era

“Perfidia” by James Ellroy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. $28.95. Los Angeles, Dec. 6-29, 1941: The eve and immediate aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor is the setting for James Ellroy’s new crime novel, “Perfidia.” The title reveals the theme: betrayal by all, in every conceivable manner. Ellroy’s… Continue reading →

Readers in danger of getting caught in ‘The Web’

“The Web” by Jonathan Kelleramn. Ballantine, 2014. $24. In Jonathan Kellerman’s thriller, “The Web,” you are taken on a roller-coaster ride of events that can only be compared with the television show “Lost.” “The Web” takes place on the island of Aruk, where Dr. Alex Delaware arrives for… Continue reading →

What would Jackson do? A New Orleans story

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Morgan Molthrop, Tailored Tours, at the Benito Juarez statue with St. Louis Cenetery No. 1 in background Monday, November 25, 2013.

New Orleans writer Morgan Molthrop confesses freely that he loves his city passionately, enough so that he ended a successful finance career to return home in 2009 to a post-Katrina city. From his perspective as a fervent student of the city’s history, Molthrop considers the “new” New Orleans and how challenges of its past helped prepare the… Continue reading →

Life in hiding: Book explores Nazi fugitive

'Eichmann Before Jerusalem' by Bettina Stangneth

“Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer” by Bettina Stangneth, translated by Ruth Martin. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. $35 Adolf Eichmann was the definition of Absolute Evil. As coordinator of the Nazi “Final Solution to the Jewish Question,” he was responsible for at least 6 million deaths.… Continue reading →

Book Festival Wordshops schedule set

The Louisiana Book Festival announced its WordShops 2014 schedule. Set for Oct. 31 at the State Library of Louisiana and the Capitol Park Museum, the WordShops feature local and national faculty teaching classes designed to emphasize the craft of writing. Among the offerings are “Finding the Story” by Jill McCorkle, $85 for the full… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events, Sept. 7-23, 2014

Book events “ANDREW JACKSON’S PLAYBOOK: 15 Strategies for Success”: 6 p.m. Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. Morgan Molthrop examines the connection between Jackson’s successful New Orleans campaign and the strategies in the wake of Katrina. (504) 899-7323.… Continue reading →

Audubon Insectarium bitten by beekeeping bug

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Remy Lazare inspects one of Audubon's beehives in New Orleans East Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Bees cannot be bossed by their keepers. “They’re going to do what they want,” said Remy Lazare, assistant curator of animal collections at the Audubon Nature Institute Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Fortunately, these industrious insects have a strong work ethic. “Busy as a bee” is no empty phrase, Lazare said. “They’re going to keep working, no matter… Continue reading →

The buzz about honeybees

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Remy Lazare inspects one of Audubon's beehives in New Orleans East Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Here’s the buzz … about honey bees There are three types of bees in the hive – queen, worker and drone. The queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her three- or four-year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She… Continue reading →

N.O. author, 27, spins tale of Revolutionary life

Sometimes, but rarely, the stars align for a new novelist and her work. That’s what’s happened for New Orleanian Katy Simpson Smith and her gorgeous tale of life in Revolutionary America, “The Story of Land and Sea.” Ten publishers vied for its rights at auction, she was the star of a spread in July Vogue and the book… Continue reading →

‘Marvel’-ous collection has comic book fans covered

“Marvel Comics: 75 years of Cover Art” by Alan Cowsil. DK Publishing, 2014. $50. This is a magnificent collection covering 75 years of Marvel comic book covers. The book is divided into four different chapters: The Golden Age (1938-1956); The Silver Age (1956-1970); The Bronze… Continue reading →

‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ a thrilling, data-filled ride

We move through a data-rich world, watched by a bevy of electronics. Nowadays, our phones know us better than our lovers. It knows what you Googled last summer, and, in some ways, that’s even scarier than knowing what you actually did. In “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” David Shafer explores the implications of a society as rich in… Continue reading →

New Atkins book shares how to use, not abuse, carbs

“The New Atkins Made Easy. A Faster, Simpler Way to Shed Weight and Feel Great — Starting Today” by Colette Heimowitz. Simon & Schuster, 2013. $16.99. I never tried the Atkins diet, but I knew that I needed to try a low carb food plan. I am… Continue reading →

Arctic adventure Journey to the North Pole without a smartphone

“In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette” by Hampton Sides. Doubleday, 2014. $28.95. There’s something deeply satisfying about reading a book about polar exploration in the middle of a blazing hot Louisiana summer. Especially if the writing is as… Continue reading →

Story of Up Stairs Lounge killing an emotional read

“The Up Stairs Lounge Arson: Thirty-Two Deaths in a New Orleans Gay Bar June 24, 1973” by Clayton Delery-Edwards. Mc Farland & Company Inc., 2014. $40. On June 24, 1973, the fire at the Up Stairs Lounge was the deadliest fire in the history of New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Parents can identify with tale of ‘Worst Haircut’

'Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever' by Jeff Cohen

Nearly every parent of a young child has had the experience at one time or another. Suddenly, the child stands there, unexpectedly transformed. Perhaps it’s the result of an outlandish make-up job using lipstick, eye shadow and rouge applied exuberantly to all the wrong surfaces. Or the transformation may be due to the concoction… Continue reading →

Discover masterful story on ‘Mona Lisa,’ di Vinci

“Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered” by Dianne Hales. Simon & Schuster. $28. Called by Italians “La Giaconda,” by the French “La Joconde,” the painting most of us know as the Mona Lisa is bewitching, no matter what you call it. The masterpiece… Continue reading →