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The Resource The good pirates of the forgotten bayous : fighting to save a way of life in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ken Wells

The good pirates of the forgotten bayous : fighting to save a way of life in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ken Wells

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The good pirates of the forgotten bayous : fighting to save a way of life in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
Title
The good pirates of the forgotten bayous
Title remainder
fighting to save a way of life in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
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Ken Wells
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Language
eng
Review
Vivid re-creation of Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact on an unusual fishing community outside New Orleans.A Louisiana native, Cond Nast Portfolio senior editor Wells (Crawfish Mountain, 2007, etc.) spent several months interviewing shrimp- and oyster-boat captains and other hurricane survivors in St. Bernard Parish (pop. 67,000), a former pirate haven whose gumbo of cultures has given rise to a distinctive way of life. Unlike their sophisticated big-city neighbors, these Louisiana bayou residents have for generations led lives centered on "sin, cooking, drinking, eating, fighting, fishing, sex, and love," he writes; they build boats in the backyards of their shotgun shacks and mobile homes, and hang out in saloons like the Bucket of Blood. For many, riding out hurricanes was a family tradition, but nothing prepared them for Katrina, which in 2005 leveled most of the parish and claimed 132 lives, 35 of them at a nursing home that failed to evacuate. Fifty-one-year-old shrimper Ricky Robin, grand-nephew of a swashbuckling New Orleans swordsman, and others in the Robin family stand center stage in this well-written survival saga. Wells begins with the struggle to secure fishing trawlers in the Violet Canal during the storm's early surges; recounts the perilous experiences of people stranded in trees, lofts and cars amid rising waters; and describes many heroic rescues made by boat captains in the four days before military help arrived. He nicely captures the flavor and color of the moment, from Ricky playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" on his trumpet on the deck of his vessel to calm 45 rescued people, to two weary, storm-tossed survivors, meeting for the first time after separate exhausting ordeals, laughingly swapping survival stories. The author unabashedly celebrates the courage and pride of people in this "forgotten backwater" when faced with the hurricane's onslaught. By 2007, the parish had regained about half of its pre-Katrina population, with most residents living in trailers and modular housing.A heartfelt tribute to badly battered folks whose "gritty blue-collar pluck," declares Wells, may yet save their bayou way of life. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2008)
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contains biographical information
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285561
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Wells, Ken
Dewey number
  • 976.3/36044092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
F377.S12
LC item number
W45 2008
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • Working class
  • Disaster victims
  • Bayous
  • Community life
  • Saint Bernard Parish (La.)
  • Saint Bernard Parish (La.)
  • Saint Bernard Parish (La.)
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fighting to save a way of life in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
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The good pirates of the forgotten bayous : fighting to save a way of life in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ken Wells
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"A Caravan book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-242)
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
712278
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 245 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780300121520
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(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008017764
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
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  • (Sirsi) i9780300121520
  • (OCoLC)216936064
Label
The good pirates of the forgotten bayous : fighting to save a way of life in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ken Wells
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Caravan book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-242)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
712278
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 245 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780300121520
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008017764
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780300121520
  • (OCoLC)216936064

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