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The Joy of Y'at Catholicism

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New Orleans culture is a fusion of secular and holy. From the earliest days of the community founded on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Catholic faith has been an influence on, and inspiration for, daily life. To be sure, religious rites such as weddings, funerals, and feast day festivals transpire elsewhere in the country. In New Orleans, however, they are celebra ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Pelican Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jun 04, 2007 Christian rated it it was amazing
My dad wrote a book. I knew most of this stuff from living with him anyway. It's pretty good.
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Aug 28, 2015 Eileen Gaston rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: Earl Higgins is my brother. That said, it is a really good book for folks who have ever lived in New Orleans. It is an excellent mixture of serious research (historical and cultural), Catholic theology, and humor. New Orleans is a wonderful and ideosyncratic city, well-portrayed here.
Sep 05, 2011 Stacygibbs rated it liked it
Considering the fact that my father and his family were born and raised in New Orleans, this was a fun book to read. I loved reading the references to the local dialect like "Jeesus Gawd" and the "neutral ground." It reminded me of my grandfather, and it made me smile. However, for people without a connection to NOLA, the book in its entirity might not be as enjoyable. It will however, give you some insight into how/why New Orleanians tick. I especially liked the way the book described how the C ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Jimmy rated it liked it
Mostly anecdotal and lots of tidbits of knowledge about NOLA Catholic customs and traditions. I have my students at Tulane in a "Catholic NOLA" TIDES course (for incoming Freshmen only) read this text. Would love to get the author, a fellow Blue Jay as I understand it, to visit my class next Fall 2016. I imagine the book would be much more engaging with the author filling in on the backstory of how it came to be.
Jan 24, 2008 LeLe rated it it was ok
I think this book may only be truly interesting to natural born Y'ats. It's hard to understand many of their idiosyncrasies unless you were born and raised in a contradictory culture like New Orleans.
May 03, 2008 Carrie rated it liked it
Not for everyone. If you aren't familiar with the area this book will mean nothing to you. Explains alot of quirks surrounding the traditions of those in New Orleans.
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Aug 21, 2009 Kim Limmex rated it it was amazing
Laugh out loud funny, especially if you grew up making a few laps around the beads every now and then.
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Jul 09, 2012 Melanie Miranda rated it it was amazing
A humorous look at the culture of New Orleans Catholicism and belonging.
Jun 04, 2007 Jackie marked it as to-read
Christian's dad wrote this so I want to read it!
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Jan 31, 2008 Mary K rated it really liked it
Hilarious for New Orleanians.
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