Why New Orleans Matters

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Harper Perennial
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4.8 X 7.2 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Tom Piazza is the author of the novels City of Refuge and My Cold War, the post-Katrina manifesto Why New Orleans Matters, the essay collection Devil Sent the Rain, and many other works. He was a principal writer for the HBO drama series Treme and the winner of a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues: A Musical Journey. He lives in New Orleans.


"Insightful... a sensory paradise... Why New Orleans Matters is a celebration of the spirit of New Orleans."--BookInfo.net
"An enjoyable meander through what used to be called 'the city that care forgot.'"--Houston Chronicle
"Powerful, rich with anger, longing, and barely expressible loss."--Providence Phoenix
"Hot and real and from the heart... An emotionally wrenching experience--at times hilarious, at times heartbreaking."--New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Pensive and elegiac... sharp [and] steely. ...A mournful dirge and a vivacious ode to the city."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A minor miracle unto itself... a heartfelt, 180-page manifesto... There's a little something for everyone."--Gambit Weekly
Humanities Book of the Year Award, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities--No Source
Best Book Award, New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association--No Source
PRAISE FOR MY COLD WAR: "Tom Piazza's writing pulsates with nervous electrical tension--reveals the emotions that we can't define."--Bob Dylan