Adult Summer Reading - Patrons Recommend

"The Year Before the Flood" by Ned Sublette

Ned Sublette's passion is researching and writing about the music of Africa, Cuba & New Orleans, and in 2004-2005 he had received a fellowship to come to Tulane University in New Orleans to do just that. This book traces the origins and connections of that music, but the author digs deep into the culture, history, racism, violence and crime in New Orleans and searches for explanations about how and why the Katrina emergency (before and after) was handled so badly. This book doesn't just raise questions; it provides very complete, honest answers.

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