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The Joy of Y'at Catholicism
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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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.
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
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.