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Gumbo Ya-Ya by Lyle Saxon
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Nov 01, 09

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This edited volume was produced from snippets of lore, wisdom, folk practices and other customs recorded by Lyle Saxon and others are part of the Federal Writers project in Louisiana. It's a great starting point for research into local customs--including north Louisiana ghost stories--and is quite readable. While by no means a formal textbook, I couldn't readily determine whether to call it fiction (not really, because the stories and shared information is more local lore) or non-fiction (but, again, no one is saying the stuff is true/accurate--just that these things are "in circulation"). For that reason alone, I'm thankful for the Other box. Read and enjoy, this makes a great jumping off point.
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