Non-Fiction

The Free People of Color of New Orleans: An Introduction

by Mary Gehman

Antebellum New Orleans was home to thousands of urbane , educated and well to do free blacks. The French called them les gens de couleur libre, the free people of color; after the Civil War they were known as the Creoles of color, shortened today to simply Creoles.

Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans

by Angela Carll

Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans tells what it is about the city that has always attracted the creative mind,in particular writers. Author Angela Carll brings her many years as a realtor,newspaper real estate columnist and tour guide to identifying the kinds of buildings and neighborhoods that have housed our most celebrated writers –William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Anne Rice and Richard Ford, to name a few

War of the Pews: A Personal Account of St. Augustine Church in New Orleans

by Rev. Jerome G. LeDoux S.V.D.

This is the first hand account of the headline making threatened closure of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Treme, New Orleans in early 2006 post-Katrina and the valiant, triumphant struggle of it parishioners, inspired by their beloved pastor of 15 years, Fr. LeDoux, to keep the church’s doors open.

A Quarter Century of Student Life at Tulane: A Dean's Narrative History, 1949-1975

by John H. Stibbs and John Edgar Browning

In his extraordinary memoir about his 25-year career as Dean of Students at Tulane University from the late 1940s through mid-1970s, John Stibbs gives his personal observations and anecdotes in an engaging insider’s look at some of Tulane’s most complex and controversial moments in its history as an institution

New Orleans Goes to the Movies: Film Sites in the French Quarter and Beyond

by Alan T. Leonhard

Elvis Presley invites us to his world of King Creole, Ingrid Bergman strolls with us through the French Market in Saratoga Trunk, and Blanche DuBois takes us for a ride on the Streetcar Named Desire. Twenty classic films set in New Orleans and at least partly shot there are discussed by author and movie buff Alan Leonhard

Louisiana Film History: A Comprehensive Overview Beginning 1896

by Ed and Susan Poole

This excellent reference book is the first complete history and development of the vibrant film industry in Louisiana, dubbed Hollywood on the Bayou. Told through dozens of movie posters and stills and many fascinating details, it takes readers from the birth of the cinema in 1896, its early struggles, and on to the current plethora of film companies working in the state.

Women and New Orleans: A History

by Mary Gehman

New Orleans women’s contributions to the worlds of education, religion, art, medicine, preservation, politics, law, literature, social services, civil rights, etc. are explored in this comprehensive yet easy to read volume. Mentioned and pictured are women of various races and social classes, from slaves to free women of color to society club women. Lots of photographs. Includes an index and References for Further Reading page. This book is a major addition to documenting southern and U.S. women’s history.

A History of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

by Brian J. Costello

A History of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana: Brian Costello’s research and expertise shine in this consummate history. As an updated and greatly expanded edition of his book of the same title originally self-published in 1999, this Murray G. LeBeaux memorial edition contains an oral history by LeBeaux, as well as 200 heirloom photographs, fully documented text and an index. Pointe Coupee is the home of writer Ernest J. Gaines, and birthplace of national figures such as Lindy Boggs, General Russell Honore, and Major General John Archer Lejeune for whom Camp Lejeune is named. New Roads, False River, and Parlange Plantation are the nucleus of a part of the state which developed its own unique mix of Creoles and Americans, the Creole language is still spoken there, and fishing, hunting and water sports attract outdoorsmen.

Art Blakey Cookin' and Jammin': Recipes and Remembrances From a Jazz Life

by Sandy Warren

A culinary memoir of the famous New York jazz drummer Art Blakey, written with love and candor by the woman who knew him best, shared his life for 22 years and helped raise his son Takashi. Foreword by Dr. John (Mac Rebennack). Interspersed between anecdotes are dozens of recipes that Art and Sandy developed and used, on and off the road. Twenty photos complete this fascinating look at the life of a jazz great. You will want two copies of this 5×7 hardcover book — one for the kitchen and the other for your library. “Off the charts! This intimate portrayal of Art Blakey…is jam packed with honesty, rich with sweet vignettes, and his recipes, and spiced with intimate and personal stories.

Marietta's House: A Grandmother's Cottage

by J.E. Bourgoyne and J.G. Tyburski

Step through the wisteria arbor into Marietta’s House with its porcelain oil lamps, lace curtains, brass beds, and family portraits with stories to tell. Portrayed in text and photographs, this book is a visit to an old Louisiana house that reflects the way people lived in a Mississippi River town from the late 1800s into the 1940s. Marietta’s House is also the story of how a woman overcame the hardships of her day to create a home and nurture her family for three generations. It is an account of how preserving something precious from the past is its own reward. The house is lovingly preserved and open for tours by appointment.

Cast of Characters

by George Gurtner

Colorful true stories of life in and around the Big Easy. Selected from the column of the same name written for 35 years by George Gurtner in New Orleans Magazine, this collection of unusual people — from creative loners to lovable freaks and many gradations between — is testimony to why New Orleans continues to be the most interesting city in the country.Foreword by Erroll Laborde, photos accompanying most characters by Frank Methe. Gurtner writes lovingly and empathetically about each person, taking us into their weird, outrageous, inspirational and always very human lives.
 

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