The Reading Life
1:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Reading Life With Wally Lamb, Samuel G. Freedman And LaToya Devezin

This week on The Reading Life: Novelist Wally Lamb, whose new book is the unforgettable We Are Water, and nonfiction writer Samuel G. Freedman, author of Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.

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The Reading Life
1:40 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Anne Rice, Christopher Rice And Deborah Burst

Anne and Christopher Rice.

This week on The Reading Life: Anne Rice talks about the second novel in her Wolf Gift Chronicles, The Wolves of Midwinter, and Christopher Rice discusses his post-Katrina supernatural thriller, The Heavens Rise

The Rice family is coming to town for the Vampire Lestat Fan Club Ball and book signings around town. We'll also hear from Deborah Burst about Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans: Historic Churches, Cathedrals and Sanctuaries, for which Anne Rice wrote the introduction.  *Lagniappe Audio!*

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The Reading Life
12:24 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Reading Life With Allan Gurganus And Rebecca Theim

This week on The Reading Life: The great Southern storyteller Allan Gurganus, author of Local Souls and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.

Plus, conversation with journalist Rebecca Theim, author of Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune.

*Lagniappe Audio!*

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The Reading Life
2:13 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Reading Life With Rodger Kamenetz, Tim Parrish, And Richard Sexton & Randolph Delehanty

This week on The Reading Life: We'll be talking with poet Rodger Kamenetz and painter Michael Hafftka, whose new collaboration is a book called To Die Next to You.

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The Reading Life
1:42 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

The Reading Life With Errol Laborde

This week on The Reading Life: Journalist and Carnival historian Errol Laborde talks about about his beautiful new book, Mardi Gras: Chronicles of New Orleans Carnival.

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Reading Life With Michael Farris Smith And David Armand

This week on The Reading Life: Talking Southern fiction with Michael Farris Smith, whose new novel is Rivers, and novelist David Armand, whose new book is Harlow.

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The Reading Life
1:41 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Reading Life With Sena Jeter Naslund, Cassandra King And Megan Holt

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling novelist Sena Jeter Naslund, coming to town for an appearance at the New Orleans Museum of Art, talks about her new book, The Fountain of St. James Court, or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman.

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The Reading Life
1:51 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

The Reading Life With Mimi Read And Jonathan Kline

This week on The Reading Life: Longtime journalist Mimi Read talks about writing about interior design and her gorgeous new book, Tom Sheerer Decorates.

Plus, poet Jonathan Kline, making his debut as a novelist with the New Orleans-set The Wisdom of Ashes.

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Book Reviews
2:38 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

'Five Days' Of Ambiguous Morality At Katrina-Hit Hospital

An aerial view of Memorial Medical Center surrounded by floodwaters on Sept. 9, 2005.
Kathy Anderson The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 5:26 pm

If we didn't experience Hurricane Katrina ourselves, we saw it: the ominous red pinwheel on the radar, the wrecked Superdome, the corpses. And certainly we saw our shame — America's inequality, negligence and violence were all laid bare by the storm.

But one tragedy went largely unwitnessed. And this is the subject of Sheri Fink's provocative new book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines what happens when people make life-and-death decisions in a state of anarchy.

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First Reads
5:42 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Exclusive First Read: 'Five Days At Memorial,' By Sheri Fink

An airboat pulls up to the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005.

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:18 am

As the floodwaters rose in New Orleans over Labor Day weekend in 2005, hundreds of people were left stranded at Memorial Medical Center, in triple-digit temperatures, without power or running water. Not all of them made it out alive — and in the aftermath, several medical professionals were arrested and charged with hastening the deaths of some of the sickest patients.

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