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The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back

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After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans became ground zero for the reinvention of the American city, with urban planners, movie stars, anarchists, and politicians all advancing their competing visions of recovery. In this wash of reform, residents and volunteers from across the country struggled to build the foundations of a new New Orleans.
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
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Chris

Disclaimer: I received an ARC via Netgalley.
Daniel Wolff’s The Fight for Home follows various people in the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans as they try to return and rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Both heart-breaking and inspiring, the book’s over-arching themes are the failure of federal, state, and local governments in the response to the storm and to work together to aid those most affected by the hurricane; and the determination of those same residents to “fight for home”. The people Wolf
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Bianca
Sep 19, 2013 Bianca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I was completing this book, in September of 2013, I was still seeing headlines about the continuing issues caused by Katrina. What Wolff has done is present a chronology of the post-Katrina community that we so rarely get a long-term glimpse at. Written in journalistic style, we are the fly on the wall as various families attempt to rebuild, encounter constant denial from the government and seek neo-liberal means to rebuild.

The book starts off looking at a group of men, ex-addicts, that have
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Craig Werner
Dec 09, 2012 Craig Werner rated it it was amazing
On the surface, The Fight for Home is a gripping set of stories about people and communities struggling to rebuild in the wake of Katrina. Wolff is a first-rate stylist, as he's demonstrated previously in his biography of Sam Cooke (You Send Me, which is quite a bit better than Peter Guralnick's more widely publicized Dream Boggie); How Lincoln Learned to Read; and Fourth of July, Asbury Park. His portraits of his main figures are memorable, and he sets scenes with economy and grace. There's a m ...more
Megan
I won a copy of this book through First Reads. It was one of those books that is important but depressing to read. I also read another book about hurricane Katrina and its effects (Zeitoun by Dave Eggers) a few months ago and I am just saddened at how the federal government reacted in the days and months after the storm.n

One thing I learned reading this book was about all the issues regarding FEMA trailers: s much money that could have gone to rebuilding actual homes, taking too long to deliver
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Kim
Oct 18, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok
While it was very informative and gave a very comprehensive view of the conditions of New Orleans in the early days after Katrina, I am not sure that I enjoyed the writing style. The author's re-telling of some rather horrific events was dry enough to actually somewhat downplay the nature of what was going on. While I normally would read something like this with a great deal of interest, it took me a long time to get through this particular text because I didn't like the way in which information ...more
Beth
Sep 19, 2013 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read for anyone wondering about the after effects of hurricane Katrina. I think most of us knew things were not good and this book just confirms that. I like hearing the different stories of the families the author spent time with and followed up with over the years. I wonder how they are doing now and hope things are getting better for them.
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Oct 02, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Outstanding on its own or as a companion to the amazing and inspirational Jonathan Demme film "I"m Carolyn Parker." Lest you think all is well in the Crescent City...
Renee Harrison
I won this book through a giveaway and really wanted to read it. I think the accounts of events is very informative but the writing style is a dry.
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Grammy-nominated author Daniel Wolff's latest book is "The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back." His previous books include "How Lincoln Learned to Read,""4th of July/Asbury Park" and "You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke.""
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