About This Episode

Today’s episode is devoted to books about New Orleans. If you’re caught up on Netflix and want to spend some time reading instead, this one’s for you.

I recorded this in April 2020. Even if you are listening years from now, this will help you get to know the city better whether you are planning a trip or just wanting to stay connected with New Orleans.

We’ve done 110 episodes. Talked to many authors. What (I don’t think I’ve done) is give you book recommendations. That’s what I’ll do today.

Here’s what this is not. It is not a top 10 list. It’s not a comprehensive list. It’s just a list of very good books about New Orleans, across several categories.

For some reason, this topic makes me nervous. Mostly because I am not good about retention and I know a lot of authors!

Let’s see how it goes. This might be a recurring sub-series or it might be a one and done!

Resources New Orleans bookstores:

Octavia Books Garden District Bookshop Blue Cypress Books


Reading List Founding of New Orleans
  • The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square, by Ned Sublette
  • Bienville's Dilemma: A Historical Geography of New Orleans, by Richard Campanella
  • The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans, by Lawrence N. Powell

Myth Busting

  • Bourbon Street: A History, by Richard Campanella

Death in New Orleans

  • Stories From the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans, by Sally Asher
  • Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, by Robert W. Fieseler
Mardi Gras Indians
  • The House of Dance and Feathers: A Museum by Ronald W Lewis


  • We Cast a Shadow, by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, by Ernest Gaines
Fiction Series
  • Dave Robicheaux Series, starting with Neon Rain, by James Lee Burke
Books for Children
  • Happy Jazz Fest - Cornell P. Landry
  • Goodnight NOLA - Cornell P. Landry
  • The New Orleans Cookbook - Richard and Rima Collin
Previous Episodes Mentioned

Bienville's Dilemma - #53

Bourbon Street, a History - #36

Stories From the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans #22

Fire at the UpStairs Lounge - #66

Mardi Gras Indians - #13

Slavery in Louisiana - a Visit to Whitney Plantation - #54


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