Summary: Dead in Atticis a collection of stories byTimes-Picayunecolumnist Chris Rose, recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Celebrated as a local treasure and heaped with national praise, Rose provides a rollercoaster ride of observation, commentary, emotion, tragedy, and even humor -- in a way that only he could find in a devastated wasteland. They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of survivors and believers, stories of
hope and despair. And stories about refrigerators. Dead in Atticfreeze-frames New Orleans, caught between an old era and a new, during its most desperate time, as it struggles out of the floodwaters and wills itself back to life.
Summary: Dead in Atticis a collection of stories byTimes-Picayunecolumnist Chris Rose, recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Celebrated as a local treasure and heaped with national praise, Rose provides a rollercoaster ride of observation, commentary, emotion, tragedy, and even humor -- in a way that only he could find in a devastated wasteland. They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of survivors and believers, stories of hope and despair. And stories about refrigerators. Dead in Atticfreeze-frames New Orleans, caught between an old era and a new, during its most desperate time, as it struggles out of the floodwaters and wills itself back to life. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:07 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Simon & Schuster, Inc. Published: 08/21/2007 International: No
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Introduction Writing an introduction for a book like this is tricky business. Intros I have read over the years are generally composed of personal anecdotes and references to the body of work that follows. But, in this case, what follows is the personal work, the veil pulled away, the soul of a city -- and a writer -- laid bare. Newspaper reporters are used to covering death and disaster -- it's our bread and butter -- but nothing prepares you to do it in your own town. Usually, we parachute into trouble, fill our notebooks, and then hightail it back to the comfort of our homes and offices. Katrina changed all that. Our comfort zones disappeared, turned into rubble, wastelands, and ghost towns. I went from being a detached entertainment columnist to a soldier on the front line of a battle to save a city, a culture, a newspaper, my job, my home. Whether we won or lost the war remains to be seen. New Orleans is still a work in progress. The observations, lamentations, and ruminations that follow are the story so far, as it unfolded to me in the first sixteen months after the flood. It's probably too emotional for conventional newspaper work. Too sentimental. Too angry. And way too self-absorbed, particularly for someone who weathered the storm remarkably well -- in a material sense, at least (I suffered a broken screen door and a loose gutter) -- and whose career not only survived the storm, but actually thrived in the aftermath. I got a book deal, a movie deal, a Pulitzer Prize, dinner with Ted Koppel, and a mention in the social column ofThe Washington Times.If that ain't Making The Grade, then I don't know what is. Natural disasters are a good career move for a man in my line of work. But you didn't have to lose your house, your car, your dog, your job, your marriage, or your grandparents in an attic to suffer the impact of this storm. Unfortunately, most folks around south Louisiana and Mississippi did lose some or all of this. Others lost less tangible assets: their peace of mind, security, serenity, ability to concentrate, notions of romance, sobriety, sanity, and hope. The toll it took on me is in the book; I'll not belabor it here other than to say Katrina beat the shit out of me. It beat the shit out of everyone I know. This is our story. In the winter of 2006, I self-published a collection of my post-Katrina columns fromThe Times-Picayune,a slim volume of love letters to New Orleans, howls of protest, cries for help, and general musings on the surrealistic absurdities of life in a post-Apocalyptic landscape. I called it 1Dead in Attic,a phrase I saw painted on the front of a house in the city's 8th Ward; words that haunted me then, and haunt me still. Within six months, I ran through five printings of the book, collected great reviews from publications large and small, and sold 65,000 copies. I'm a neophyte in the world of independent publishing, but I'm told that's a real good number for a self-published volume. In fact, it's a good number for any volume. And that's how the book came to attention of Simon & Schuster. I was preparing a follow-up toDead in Attic,another collection of stories that I was going to callThe Purple Upside-Down Car,a declarative observation my four-year-old son made from our car during a tour of the Lower 9th Ward that I clung to as the perfect metaphor for the whole of New Orleans and not just some wasted, toppled vehicle lying in a field of debris down on -- get this -- Flood Street. The irony in this place could kill you. Simon & Schuster bought the rights toDead in Atticand the as-yet-unpublishedPurple Upside-Down Carand we put them together and that's what you're holding in your hands. Faced with two titles but only one book, we went with the former because it already has brand recognition and because, wel
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Introduction Who We Are Early Days Facing the Unknown The First Time Back Survivors Life in the Surreal City Hope Rita Takes Aim The Empty City God and Strippers The More Things Change Enough to Feed an Army Tough Times in the Blue Tarp Town Blue Roof Blues The Smell The Elephant Men Mad City 1 Dead in Attic Despair The Ties That Bind My Introduction to New Orleans The Funky Butt The Hurricane Kids Traveling Man Have Barbie, Will Travel Prep Boys and Jesuits Good-bye Groundhog Day Coming Home Life in the Refrigerator City Civil Unrest Refrigerator Town Lurching Toward Babylon The Cat Lady Caving In The Magnet Man The Last Ride Lights in the City Let the Good Times Roll Our Katrina Christmas Tears, Fears, and a New Year Misadventures in the Chocolate City Chocolate City Tutti-Frutti He Had a Dream He's Picking the Pairs for Nola's Ark Rider on the Storm Car 54, Where Are You? Not in My Pothole Survive This Love Among the Ruins September Never Ends The Muddy Middle Ground Misery in the Melting Pot The End of the World A Huck Finn Kind of Life Our Very Scary Summer Songs in the Key of Strife The End of the Line We Raze, and Raise, and Keep Pushing Forward Echoes of Katrina in the Country The Purple Upside-Down Car Second Line, Same Verse Don't Mess with Mrs. Rose Shooting the Rock The City That Hair Forgot A Rapturous Day in the Real World Big Daddy No Fun Peace Among the Ruins Artful Practicality "She Rescued My Heart" Miss Ellen Deserved Better Things Worth Fighting For Rebirth at the Maple Leaf Melancholy Reveler They Don't Get Mardi Gras, and They Never Will Reality Fest Love Fest O Brothers, Where Be Y'all? Funeral for a Friend Thanks, We Needed That Say What's So, Joe A Night to Remember Eternal Dome Nation Falling Down On the Inside Looking Out A City on Hold A Tough Nut to Crack Hell and Back Letters from the Edge Where We Go From Here Children of the Storm, It's Time to Represent Thank You, Whoever You Are A New Dawn Acknowledgments
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