The true story of a resilient circle of shrimp boat captains who faced and withstood the wreckage of Katrina but now find their courage tested by a greater threat: the disappearance of their livelihood and their centuries-old bayou culture.
"Vivid prose, first-hand testimony and solid, heartbreaking reportage make this disaster debrief hard to put down, and worth the attention of every U.S. citizen." (Publishers Weekly)
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It Puts St Bernard on the Katrina Map
- Martha A. Murray
Chris Andrews should have consulted with people who live in that area how to pronounce the names of places. For instance the city Houma is NOT pronounced WHO mah. It's HOE ma. Lafitte is laFEET, NOT La FIT. And you pronounce the S in Ysclosky!I found his constant mispronunciations extremely annoying.
I lived in New Orleans from 1977 to 1986. For the first two years I ran crew boats in the Kerr-McGee production field in Breton Sound. Our base was in Hopedale, so every other week (we worked 7 days on/7 off) I drove up and down those roads and I ran boats around in those bayous. The last three years I lived on a shanty boat at the Gulf Outlet Marina on Bayou Bienvenue in Chalmette, so I have a real feeling for the area.New Orleans got all the media attention, and it's understandable. People in Detroit, Denver, and even Düsseldorf, Germany know about New Orleans, but none of them ever heard of Shell Beach of Ysclosky. I saw videos of the flooding in St. Bernard and couldn't believe my eyes. 95% of the structures in the Parish were flooded! The Gulf Outlet Marina, which sat INSIDE the levee system, the story says, was "obliterated." I could, literally, visualize the narrative as it unfolded, knowing Violet and the canal and what those houses and camps along the bayou all the way down to Hopedale were going through.Thank you for this book.