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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.
AP

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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The Reading Life
1:45 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

The Reading Life With An Old Collection And Young Writers

This week on The Reading Life: Book collector Edwin Blair and Historic New Orleans Collection curator Mark Cave talk about the new exhibit at the HNOC, "Alternative Imprints: Jon Webb, Gypsy Lou and the Hand-Sewn World of the Loujon Press," a fascinating slice of publishing history in New Orleans.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

The Reading Life With James A. Cobb, Jr. And Ramon Antonio Vargas

This week on The Reading Life: Lawyer James A. Cobb, Jr., author of Flood of Lies: The St. Rita’s Nursing Home Tragedy. We’ll also hear from Ramon Antonio Vargas, author of Fight, Grin and Squarely Play the Game: The 1945 Loyola New Orleans Basketball Championship and Legacy. And Susan has a few thoughts on the Katrina books this season.

Books featured:

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The Reading Life
1:37 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

The Reading Life And NOLA Writers Writing About NOLA Women

Susan Larson (far left) with her guests at the event.

This week is a very special Reading Life, recorded live at Christwood Retirement Community, featuring a panel about "New Orleans Writers Writing about New Orleans Women."

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

The Reading Life With Stephanie Hepburn And Michael Marshall

This week on The Reading Life: Journalist Stephanie Hepburn, author of Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight, and historian Michael Marshall, author of Gallant Creoles: A History of The Donaldsonville Cannoniers.

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The Reading Life
1:46 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The Reading Life With Erica Spindler And Jack Bedell

Erica Spindler

This week on The Reading Life: Erica Spindler, whose new thriller is Justice for Sarah, and poet Jack Bedell, whose new book is Bone-Hollow, True: New and Selected Poems.

 And we'll have an audio postcard from Kate Richardson, who had a blast at the Ernest Hemingway celebration, Pobre de Mi.

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Books
2:09 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

New Novel From Stephen Maitland-Lewis A Timely, Compelling Financial Thriller

New Novel by Stephen Maitland-Lewis

Ambition, the third novel from award-winning author and part-time New Orleanian Stephen Maitland-Lewis — is a timely financial thriller inspired by an actual multi-million dollar investment banking ripoff  Maitland-Lewis got wind of while working on Wall Street in the late 1980s.

To learn more about Stephen Maitland-Lewis and Ambition — please click here http://maitland-lewis.com/read-me/

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The Reading Life
1:33 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Reading Life With George Bishop And Danny Heitman

This week on The Reading Life: author George Bishop, whose new Louisiana-set novel is Night of the Comet, and Baton Rouge Advocate columnist Danny Heitman, on the pleasures and problems of inheriting books. Susan also talks about more summer reading.

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