New Orleans Book Lists
New Orleans in fiction
New Orleans is my favorite place on Earth. So grab a beignet, a cup of chicory coffee, and one of the below books about the Big Easy. Never enough vampire books in New Orleans, right? The Gilda Stories is speculative fiction that takes place over years in a variety of locations, starting at a brothel in New Orleans in Gilda is the badass queer black vampire superhero we all need.
Everywhere else is just Cleveland. After Susan Larson took us through her essential books about the city from Streetcar to A Confederacy of Dunces we turned to our readers to complete the list. Here are some of their recommendations. If your favourite is missing, do add it in the comments. A fascinating story in itself. It was also recommended by Drowned Librarian.
Beneath its flamboyant exterior, the city has always had a dark heart and an aura all its owna humid miasma composed of equal parts dried early morning puke, rotting Spanish moss, and the scent of fresh beignets. Some of the best fiction about the city comes from Matthew C. Funk , whose short stories about Det. Taking place three decades before the Civil War, these historical mysteries have just about everything you could want in a New Orleans story: politics, pirates, plague, slavery, sex, sin, and even voodoo! The first book in the series, A Free Man of Color , showcases murder at the Mardi Gras as a notorious octoroon courtesan is strangled.
Detective Dave Detective Dav Between his recurrent nightmares about Vietnam, his battle w On its surface, life in Houston is as you would expect: drive-in restaurants, souped-up cars, jukeboxes, teena New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke returns with his latest masterpiece, the story of a father and son separated by war and circumstance -- and whose encounter with the legendary Holy Grail will change their lives forever. From its opening s In his most ambitious work yet, New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke tells a classic American story through one man's unforgettable life -- connecting a fateful encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to heroic acts at the Battle of the Bulge and finall