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The Joy of Y'at Catholicism

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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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My dad wrote a book. I knew most of this stuff from living with him anyway. It's pretty good.
Eileen Gaston
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
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.
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.
Kim Limmex
Laugh out loud funny, especially if you grew up making a few laps around the beads every now and then.
Melanie Miranda
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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Hilarious for New Orleanians.
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