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Nine Lives by Dan Baum
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Jul 18, 11

Read in February, 2011

This was brilliant. Studs Terkel meets George Packer, in a way, as it's more than oral history and more than reporting. Nine Lives is profoundly humanistic, and doesn't judge the decisions made by the people it follows, but shows them at their day to day best and worst.

By using nine people to tell the story of New Orleans, Baum lets the reader get to know the city in an accessible, intimate way - more intimate than any other book on the city I've found. I've always loved New Orleans so was predisposed to like this, but I learned far more about the life of the place - the music, food, culture and character - through these life stories. And the two page "About this book" updated for the paperback edition is worth the price of a copy. I've been passing this around, and everyone who has read it has agreed: it's a great read.

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