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Favorites from New Orleans

New Orleans is a wonderful place to be. We have put together a few of our local favorites. Happy listening!

Playlist Tags: Garden District Book Shop mood: wanderlust topic: travel topic: new orleans

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A Confederacy of Dunces

By John Kennedy Toole & Walker Percy
Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
Length: 13 hours 32 minutes

A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank... Read more »

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The Moviegoer

By Walker Percy
Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
Length: 6 hours 38 minutes

A winner of the National Book Award, The Moviegoer established Walker Percy as an insightful and grimly humorous storyteller. It is the tale of Binx Bolling, a small-time stockbroker who lives quietly in suburban New Orleans, pursuing an interest in the movies, affairs with his secretaries, and living out his days. But soon he finds himself on a... Read more »

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Rising Tide - Abridged

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

By John M. Barry
Narrated by: George Grizzard
Length: 4 hours 49 minutes

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the Lillian Smith Award.

An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of... Read more »

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A Novel

By Laura Lane McNeal
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets
When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no... Read more »

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A Separate Country

A Story of Redemption in the Aftermath of the Civil War

By Robert Hicks
Narrated by: Sherman Howard, Isabel Keating & Kevin T. Collins
Length: 17 hours 22 minutes

Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the incredible life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army--and one of its most tragic figures. Robert E. Lee promoted him to major general after the Battle of Antietam. But the Civil War would mark him forever.

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A Streetcar Named Desire - Abridged

By Tennessee Williams
Narrated by: Theater Lincoln Center
Length: 2 hours 15 minutes

Caedmon is proud to release this archival full-cast recording of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire on cd for the first time!

Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister Stella's New Orleans apartment seeking refuge from a troubled past—but her ethereal spirit irks Stella's husband, the loutish Stanley Kowalski. Crudely, relentlessly, he... Read more »

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The Mercy of Thin Air - Abridged

By Ronlyn Domingue
Narrated by: Rebecca Gayheart
Length: 6 hours 12 minutes

From debut author Ronlyn Domingue comes a stunning, imaginative novel that beautifully captures the nature of love and how it transcends all barriers -- even death.
In 1920s New Orleans, smart and fearless Raziela Nolan is in the throes of a magnificent love affair when she suddenly dies in a tragic accident. Immediately after her death, she... Read more »

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Dr. Mary's Monkey

How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses Are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics

By Edward T. Haslam
Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
Length: 9 hours 52 minutes

The 1964 murder of a nationally known cancer researcher sets the stage for this gripping exposé of medical professionals enmeshed in covert government operations over the course of three decades. Following a trail of police records, FBI files, cancer statistics, and medical journals, this revealing book presents evidence of a web of medical... Read more »

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