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Friday, May 1, 2015

The House on First Street by Julia Reed

The House on First Street is about Julia Reed's path to home ownership in the Garden District of New Orleans. Apart from the problems encountered with remodeling the old house, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans not long after she moved in. Julia Reed, an editor at Newsweek, recounts her story of moving to New Orleans and how the hurricane affected her.

This August will be the ten year anniversary of the disaster that left parts of New Orleans under water. It's hard to believe so much time has passed. There were so many stories swirling around about what happened during that time that it was interesting to read one person's account. (Another is The Pug That Survived Katrina. Although a fictional children's book it nevertheless is based on a true story).

After fifteen years of living like a vagabond on her reporter's schedule, Julia Reed got married and bought a house in the historic Garden District. Four weeks after she moved in, Hurricane Katrina struck. The House on First Street is the chronicle of Reed's remarkable and often hilarious homecoming. - Wall Street Journal

My thoughts:
I enjoyed the book and learning about New Orleans from a different perspective. Julia Reed also had resources to give us insider information about the way the crisis was handled by the powers that be. You can see pictures of the remodeled house here

1 comment:

Carole Anne Carr said...

This sounds fascinating, Ann, would like to read this. I'm English, but would have loved to have visited.