The 683 Oddest, Most Inspiring, Totally Scandalous and Just Plain Weird Things You Never Knew about New Orleans
With its colorful past, outsized personalities and tragic history of natural disasters, New Orleans is a city like no other. Now, Monica M. Dalide gives us 683 reasons the birthplace of Jazz has been called "the most unique city in America." Presented in a series of bite-sized trivia nuggets, 683 Things About New Orleans amuses, surprises and shocks with the juiciest bits culled from the city’s history books and diverse cultural milieu. Readers can:
- Take a beginner's class in the New Orleans lexicon, where "make a do do" means "get some shuteye" and a "yat" is the essential sign of a native - Get the skinny on the city's rich musical heritage-the birthplace of Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino and Louis Armstrong, to name a few - Learn how New Orleans' infamous legal prostitution district came to an end (and meet the unfortunate city official it was named for) - Hear the story behind Crescent City-invented drinks like the hurricane, Sazerac cocktail and powerful "hand grenade" - Meet dozens of famous New Orleanians-from to Lee Harvey Oswald to Reese Witherspoon - Much, much more!
Divided into 22 sections covering everything from sports to slave revolts (and, of course, Mardi Gras), 683 Things About New Orleans is the ultimate insider's bible-a field guide to the city's special quirks, only-in-New Orleans traditions and betcha-didn't-know past-that's sure to appeal to the native, the traveler and the former resident alike. But most of all, it's a reminder of just what makes this city so great.
A great read! Thank you for writing this book.
By Kathleen Murphy - December 19, 2008
I bought this book for a Christmas gift and, after reading through it, I bought another copy for my own bookshelf. It's a great little book about the little known history of New Orleans, its colloquialisms, its food, its legends and famous natives written by a native who clearly loves the city. It is a sure-fire cure for homesickness of a certain New Orleans nature for anyone who calls, has called or will soon call the Crescent City home. It's also great additional reading for the traveler. Easy to read and very informative!
Great Book - and wanting more
By Kathy Carroll - January 13, 2009
Having grown up in Metaire, a suburb of New Orleans, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was informative, entertaining and an easy read. The book was one you could pick up and put down with ease, although once reading, it was hard to put down. The "chapters" of the book are great with the squibs of information separated by a small fleur-de-lis. I believe native New Orleanians, transplants to New Orleans, visitors and those who lived in the Big Easy at one point in their life will enjoy this book. Without a doubt, I recommend this book. I hope Ms. Dalide writes Another 683 Things About New Orleans - I want more.
A taste of home!!!!!
By Chance P. Murphy "Bayou Yankee" - January 8, 2009
I am a native New Orleanian that transplanted to New York in 2001, but my one true love will always be New Orleans. If your from there or have visited, you know what I mean. I received this book from a family member back home that recommended it to me. I was quite curious when I first skimmed through the book and saw that it was written by another transplanted New Orleanian. As I read it, I found myself growing slowly, but surely homesick. I found myself smiling at the things I already knew and enjoying the new things that I was learning. The book truly took me back home. I would recommend this book to every native New Orleanian, be they in the city limits or a thousand miles away, just to remind you of everything that you love about "The City That Care Forgot". It is also the perfect primer for those visiting New Orleans for their first time or their millionth time. The book is worth you money and your time, because it is well written and planned out. Great read.
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