Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans
Civil Beat Book Club Pick for August 2020!
The hidden history of the haunted and beloved city of New Orleans, told through the intersecting lives of nine remarkable characters.
Nine Lives is stunning work. Dan Baum has immersed himself in New Orleans, the most fascinating city in the United States, and illuminated it in a way that is as innovative as Tom Wolfe on hot rods and Truman Capote on a pair of murderers. Full of stylistic brilliance and deep insight and an overriding compassion, Nine Lives is an instant classic of creative nonfiction." —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Nine Lives is a multi-voiced biography of a dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city, told through the lives of night unforgettable characters and bracketed by two epic storms: Hurricane Betsy, which transformed New Orleans in the 1960s, and Hurricane Katrina, which nearly destroyed it. Dan Baum brings the kaleidoscopic portrait to life, showing us what was lost in the storm and what remains to be saved.