Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Favorite NOLA Novels

Before the hurricane, whenever I thought of New Orleans, these three books came to mind. Each of them brings the city to life and makes you feel like you're there, or at least wish very hard that you were.

1. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

My favorite book by one of my favorite authors. Less famous than Even Cowgirls Get the Blues or Roadside Attraction, it's just as kooky. I think it was the New Orleans setting that made it so vivid and captivating. Or maybe it was the fact that I was reading it during a very rainy vacation at the beach.

2. Madeleine's Ghost by Robert Girardi

A ghost story, a love story; Brooklyn, New Orleans, and the Great Beyond. Adored this book. Here's a review excerpt from Publisher's Weekly:
The resonance with which he captures the gritty material world of New Orleans and the East Village provides a sturdy, credible spine on which to hang Ned's clash with the strange world of spirits.
3. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Really, what needs to be said?

I hope that someday the city that filled these books with so much life can get its own life back. Until then, we can only return there on the page.


I second Madeleine's Ghost. It knocked me out. And I'm still amazed I've never read Jitterbug Perfume.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 9/14/2005 9:47 AM

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