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Singing Out Loud: A Memoir of an Ex-Mardi Gras Queen

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Born during World War II, Marilee Eaves long struggled to fit into the New Orleans elite, the secret Mardi Gras societies that rule the city and into which she is born. Then, as a Wellesley sophomore, she’s hospitalized at McLean psychiatric hospital, where she begins to realize how much of herself she’s sacrificed to blend into and be accepted by an exclusionary white Upt ...more
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Singing Out Loud - A Memoir of an Ex-Mardi Gras Queen
Marilee Eaves

Review by Barbara Bamberger Scott

In this highly personal retrospective, author Marilee Eaves recreates a childhood of privilege and the gradual development of wisdom and the wish to give back.

Eaves’ book opens at a critical juncture. Consigned to a locked hospital ward after a psychotic breakdown in her early college years, she receives a phone call from her mother insisting that she return home to New Orleans to be the Queen of t
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Lee
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** I received an ARC for my honest review prior to release date. I do not know the author and have not been compensated for this independent review. **

Marilee Eaves was born into New Orleans royalty. It was a fairytale life that every little girl dreamed of - or was it? Of that life, Eaves writes “I think my family had been preparing me to take my place in the family tradition and grooming me for the possibility of being a queen my whole life.”

By her own admission, Eaves was a born people-please
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Singing Out Loud
By Marilee Eaves
2020
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars

This memoir of an ex-Mardi Gras Queen begins with the summons from her mother.

“In early spring of 1962, while I was living in a locked ward at McLean Hospital, no longer hallucinating, in therapy every day and recovering from the psychotic break that had landed me there, an attendant came to my room to tell me I had a phone call. …’Marilee,’ my mother said, ‘you’ve been invited to be Queen of the Krewe of Osiris Ball for
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Kathleen Pooler
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday are synonymous with New Orleans and until I read Marilea Eaves’ memoir, Singing Out Loud, they were mere events on the calendar that marked the onset of Lent. The author has skillfully and eloquently provided a first-hand account of an elaborate, pressured life underneath the surface of the New Orleans Mardi Gras community. As a longstanding tradition within her family, Mardi Gras represented her family’s strong commitment to New Orleans’ high society dating back to he ...more
Barbara Glass
Mardi Gras is an annual pre-Lenten event celebrated in many places on “Fat Tuesday”, but no city defines it like New Orleans. With hundreds of years of French cultural underpinning, Mardi Gras is the raison d’etre of New Orleans society, a fusion of Christianity and old Southern and French families. The entire social season is planned around Mardi Gras.
Singing Out Loud is a memoir by Marillee Eaves, a woman who is stifled by the old social customs and seeks definition in the new. Her 1950’s chi
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Marilee Eaves spent nearly five decades of her life struggling to break free of the Uptown New Orleans world she’d been born into—a long line of royalty, kings and queens of the secret elitist Mardi Gras societies that ruled the city.

She moved to Seattle three months before Katrina in 2005, and then returned to NOLA in 2018, where she writes looking out on the St. Charles streetcars and seasonal
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