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1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose
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Feb 09, 2008

really liked it
Read in March, 2008

In the United States, there exists only 3 cities whose inhabitants actually love the cities in which they inhabit. They are: San Francisco, New Orleans and New York. If you have not lived in any of these, you probably aren't aware of the palpable affection and pride we have for these fabled places. We know our neighbors. We know the history of buildings and events that have been handed down through oral history.

So, when Katrina hit New Orleans and eviscerated it and then flooded it, it not only damaged the physical infrastructure, buildings and history attached to them, it also did the same thing to the psyche of it's denizens. Chris Rose chronicled this collective pain and makes it painfully hard to read without feeling some level of empathy with every Katrina survivor. If you want a first hand look at what an epic, natural disaster does to a city, this is it. It's gritty and shocking. Should you choose to read it, prepare to gasp aloud at least a dozen times.
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Janet True. I started it yesterday, my second day in NOLA. Today reading it during lunch at The Market Cafe, it brought me to tears. The waitress told me her Katrina-Houston story, more tears, then she apologized for making me cry. I'm staying with a born and raised resident, and I'm starting to get what you mean.

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