New Orleans through the Eyes
of a Lover
A vividly described memoir, My Bayou charts a personal and spiritual transformation along the fabled banks of Bayou Saint John in New Orleans. When Constance Adler moves to New Orleans, she begins what becomes a lasting love affair with the city, and especially the bayou - a living entity and the beating heart of local culture. Rites of passage, celebrations, mysterious accidents, and magic all take place on its banks, leading Adler to a vibrant awareness of the power of being part of a community. That faith is tested in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and is ultimately proven right, as Bayou Saint John begins to rebuild.
Description: 260 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", Paper
Michigan State University Press
Here is my scathing exposé of the seamy underworld of book award scams, published in Blackbird (Virginia Commonwealth University).
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Both Oxford American and the online journal Blackbird (Virginia Commonwealth University) have published chapters from My Bayou, which are available here.
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