Down in New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City (2020)

Down in New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City Billy Sothern Down in New Orleans Reflections from a Drowned City Post Katrina New Orleans hasn t been an easy place to live it hasn t been an easy place to be in love it hasn t been an easy place to take care of yourself or see the bright side of things So reflec
  • Title: Down in New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City
  • Author: Billy Sothern
  • ISBN: 9780520251496
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
Down in New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City Billy Sothern Post Katrina New Orleans hasn t been an easy place to live, it hasn t been an easy place to be in love, it hasn t been an easy place to take care of yourself or see the bright side of things So reflects Billy Sothern in this riveting and unforgettable insider s chronicle of the epic 2005 disaster and the year that followed Sothern, a death penalty lawyer who with his w Post Katrina New Orleans hasn t been an easy place to live, it hasn t been an easy place to be in love, it hasn t been an easy place to take care of yourself or see the bright side of things So reflects Billy Sothern in this riveting and unforgettable insider s chronicle of the epic 2005 disaster and the year that followed Sothern, a death penalty lawyer who with his wife, photographer Nikki Page, arrived in the Crescent City four years ahead of Katrina, delivers a haunting, personal, and quintessentially American story Writing with an idealist s passion, a journalist s eye for detail, and a lawyer s attention to injustice, Sothern recounts their struggle to come to terms with the enormity of the apocalyptic scenario they managed to live through He guides the reader on a journey through post Katrina New Orleans and an array of indelible images prisoners abandoned in their cells with waters rising, a longtime New Orleans resident of Middle Eastern descent unfairly imprisoned in the days following the hurricane, trailer bound New Orleanians struggling to make ends meet but celebrating with abandon during Mardi Gras, Latino construction workers living in their trucks As a lawyer activist who has devoted his life to procuring justice for some of society s most disenfranchised citizens, Sothern offers a powerful vision of what Katrina has meant to New Orleans and what it still means to the nation at large.
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One thought on “Down in New Orleans: Reflections from a Drowned City

  1. Rachel

    This was probably of a 3.5, but I really appreciated the perspective the author and his wife lived in New Orleans during Katrina and went back afterward to fix up their home and reestablish themselves there The book does some good work in explaining how many of the problems in New Orleans flooded neighborhoods existed before the flood, even if Sothern s own anti Republican sentiments are pretty clear and frankly at this point I can t really blame him It was incredibly disheartening to read abou [...]

  2. Linda Lipko

    I found this book to be too biased in blaming the government for the woes of those left behind While certainly, there is enough blame to go around, the lack of emphasis on personal responsibility was troubling to me Yes, in my opinion, the government did have a responsibility to help, but the flip side is that the government had helped many of the people of poverty for years by making them helpless and dependent The government is at fault because they extended such a helping hand that there was [...]

  3. Linda

    written by a lawyer who defends death row inmates in Louisiana, this is another compulsive read Hurricane Katrina just laid bare what was already happening in New Orleans and the federal government Tremendous poverty, almost third world like, in the south racism and real estate segregation a totally inadequate federal response to the disaster the product of republican efforts to shrink government to the point where it can t function in crises news stories of armed and roving black looters but wh [...]

  4. Andrea V.

    This book of essays about New Orleans was written by my cousin Billy, an attorney who helps impoverished people facing the death penalty get a fair trial He describes the impact of the hurricane on his city, the poorest residents, and his own life Both the personal stories and the city history are moving and fascinating Learn about his work here reprieve and here thejusticecenter.

  5. Lauren

    Along with Jed Horne s magnificent Breach of Faith, Billy Southern s Down in New Orleans is a must read for anyone who wants a book to read about the events that followed the levee failures in New Orleans, post Katrina A passionate account of survival, this book is particularly moving by virtue of its perspective on the horrifically flawed justice system in Louisiana A must read.

  6. Sue

    Wow This guy describes the city post Katrina in a caring, comprehensive way His love for the city shows in the thoughtful way he presents the sad events and his ideas about what to do to make New Orleans a dynamic city again.

  7. Lynn

    This was a great book about the struggles before, during, and after Katrina The range of stories shows how the storm touched many different people It is clear that the author loves New Orleans and has hope for its future.

  8. Meredyth

    Uniquly accuratewhile maintaining a witty and.ever there can be, enjoyable way to read Mr Southern s evacuation from the hurrican, and the experiences he encountered Not a delightful subject.t a delightful author and book Great phoyographs by Nikki Page.

  9. Noah

    Very good, very depressing Sothern writes lean prose and doesn t get caught up in self pity, and the end result is an unexpectedly touching love letter to New Orleans.

  10. Carol Brusegar

    Stunning account of New Orleans during and in the year or so after Hurricane Katrina It includes historical background and parts of the ethnic history of New Orleans I had not been aware of previously.

  11. Nicole

    Let me first say that I had high hopes for this book I had read Eggers s Zeitoun earlier this year, and wanted to delve into the Katrina history some While some of the short chapters provided revealing glances into lives in the aftermath of Katrina and the history of New Orleans, most were selective liberal rants on the handling of the event The rants I can take, but please make sure that while doing so you are including all those who screwed up Not one mention of Nagin s part in this Really Th [...]

  12. Adrienne

    This gives examples and accounts of what REALLY happened during Hurricane Katrina It reminded me of Thomas Hobbs and his famous saying that life is nasty, brutish, and short He also writes that when humans, in a state of disaster or lawlessness, find themselves reverted, so very quickly, to the state of animals in nature Read, and you will see There were many injustices that occurred during that time.

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