Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans
The hidden history of a haunted and beloved city told through the intersecting lives of nine remarkable characters
After Hurricane Katrina, Dan Baum moved to New Orleans to write about the city’s response to the disaster for The New Yorker. He quickly realized that Katrina was not the most interesting thing about New Orleans, not by a long shot. The most interesting questi
but as a reporter, I really must thank everybody I
encountered in New Orleans--from the po'boy sellers and
street musicians to the ...more
I’ve lived near New Orleans for most of my life. I’m a frequent visitor there, and, like everyone else who comes, I’ve fallen in love with its decadent grandness, its welcoming, leisurel ...more
Nine different narratives are woven together, beginning in 1965 with Hurricane Betsy. Some of the reviews I read before I picked up the book complained that Nine Lives isn't more focused on Katrina--it's only the la ...more
Nine Lives is the gripping tale of forty odd years of life and death in New Orleans bracketed by two hurricanes - Hurricane Betsy in September 1965 and Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The story is told in a memoir narrative style, seeing life and death through the eyes of nine incredibly interesting New Orleanians.
Ronald Lewis was born and raised in the Lower 9th Ward, saw both hurricanes, and became a champion for the rebirth of the Lower 9th following Hurricane Katrina. As a young man, he w ...more
Still I felt obligated to read Nine Lives as the author is a neighbor and slight acquaintance. A couple of things held me back. One was ... Katrina fatigue. Also I had never visited New Orleans and regretted that I missed my chance before it was swept away by a Cat 5 hurricane, broken levees, polluted floodwaters, failed policies ...more
Among the other people profiled in the book are a wealthy uptown man with an active historical presence in Mardi Gras, an ambitious black woman determined to escape her child ...more
I get asked why I love New Orleans so very much. The author, in the acknowledgements, talks about the city's storytelling culture. And the stories woven here are raw - you can conjure sitting across from the person. Importantly, maybe - this one isn't all about Katrina. But by the time you get to Katrina, you know these people so well that you wan ...more
I’ve always known New Orleans to be a wholly unique city, unlike any other in the US. As a result, I’ve always been fascinated by it, and Baum’s reporting really sho ...more
Made Me Laugh, Cry and Remember!
By Sherrie Miranda on March 15, 2018
A friend of mine found this book in the 2nd hand store & got it for me because she knows I'm writing a novel that takes place in New Orleans. At first, I was just reading the parts that took place in the 80s. Then I realized I was missing a chance to know New Orleans more intimately.
There are stories that will anger you, make you feel sad & make you wonder how people can be so cruel. There are ...more
I think I was especially moved by this book as I see many similarities with my experience providing social work in Flint, MI. Both are cities that have dealt with high levels of corruption, crime, and preventable disasters. Both of their people were abandon ...more
Absolutely loved it.
Only issue was that 2/3 of the women in the book felt like mere accessories. I would've liked to see more women whose stories were more than just who they were ...more