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Pages from the Storm: Books Inspired By Hurricane Katrina

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The story of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath has been told in just about every way — through essays dispatched from depths of depression, comic book characters, nonfiction that feels like fiction, fiction that feels like nonfiction, and photographs of junked refrigerators with often-humorous messages written on them. And though they may conjure some painful memories, local writers' post-Katrina books generally got it right.

  We asked local booksellers* to tell us which books they think most adequately captured the truth of post-Katrina New Orleans in the last five years.

FOUR VOTES:

1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose (essays)

Why New Orleans Matters by Tom Piazza (nonfiction)

THREE VOTES:

City of Refuge by Tom Piazza (fiction)

Nine Lives by Dan Baum (nonfiction)

Zeitoun by David Eggers (nonfiction)

TWO VOTES:

Breach of Faith by Jed Horne (nonfiction)

A Season of Night by Ian McNulty (nonfiction)

ALSO RECOMMENDED:

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld (graphic novel)

After the Flood by Ivor van Heerden (photo book)

The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans by David Lummis (fiction)

The Dogs Who Found Me by Ken Foster (nonfiction)

The Good Pirates of the Forgotten Bayous by Ken Wells (nonfiction)

Katrinaville Chronicles: Images and Observations from a New Orleans Photographer by David G. Spielman

Murder in the Garden District by Greg Herren (fiction)

One Block by Dave Anderson (photo book)

Putting it Back Together by Rhonda Lawson (fiction)

Spoiled by Tom Varisco (photo book)

Storm by Pamela Leigh Starr (fiction)

Voices Rising: Stories from the Katrina Narrative Project: Vols. I & II edited by Rebeca Antoine (compilation)

*Participating booksellers:

The Afro-American Book Stop (7056 Read Blvd., 243-2436)

Faubourg Marigny Art & Books (600 Frenchmen St., 947-3700; www.fabonfrenchmen.com)

Faulkner House Books (624 Pirates Alley, 524-2940; www.faulknerhouse.net)

Garden District Book Shop (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266; www.gardendistrictbookshop.com)

Maple Street Book Shop (7529 Maple St., 861-2105; www.maplestreetbookshop.com)

McKeown's Books and Difficult Music (4737 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-1954; www.mckeownsbooks.com)

Octavia Books (513 Octavia St., 899-7323; www.octaviabooks.com)

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