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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Jazz, A History of America's Music

Jazz, A History of America's Music

by Geoffrey C. Ward | Ken Burns

  • MUSIC
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns vividly bring to life the story of the quintessential American music -- jazz. Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans and quickly embraced in urban centers throughout the nation, jazz celebrates American individualism and creativity at its best. (MUS79, $45.00)

Why New Orleans Matters

Why New Orleans Matters

by Tom Piazza

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 197 PAGES

Piazza (City of Refuge) celebrates the vivid culture and resilient people of New Orleans while examining its dark undercurrents of corruption and racism to create a lively portrait of the city. (USS472, $10.95)

Eyewitness Guide New Orleans

Eyewitness Guide New Orleans

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This thorough, gorgeously illustrated guidebook provides a terrific introduction to the city and its many highlights. (USS305, $20.00)

New Orleans Map

New Orleans Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

A folded, laminated map of the city center of New Orleans. (USS207, $7.95)

 
Frommer's New Orleans Day by Day

Frommer's New Orleans Day by Day


by Frommer's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER

This compact guide, ideal for a shorter visit, features excellent suggestions for everything from food, hotels and nightlife to neighborhood walks and shopping. With a foldout map. (USS462, $13.95)

New Orleans Streets


by Stephanie Bruno

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER

The best of the New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Stephanie Bruno's City Streets. (USS486, $15.95)

The National Trust Guide to New Orleans

The National Trust Guide to New Orleans


by Roulhac Toledano

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

An in-depth guide to the architectural heritage, culture and history of beloved New Orleans. With chapters on historic preservation, neighborhood profiles and an introduction to the city's distinctive architectural styles. (USS98, $32.95)

Very New Orleans, A Celebration of History, Culture, And Cajun Country Charm


by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

This quirky guide, illustrated with the author's charming watercolors, captures the charm and allure of New Orleans. (USS428, $16.95)

Creole New Orleans, Race and Americanization


by Joseph Logsdon | Arnold R. Hirsch

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 456 PAGES

A scholarly history of New Orleans, focusing on Creole and Black contributions. (USS171, $25.95)

Fabulous New Orleans

Fabulous New Orleans


by Lyle Saxon

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

First published in the 1920s, this charming book by local journalist and literary personality Lyle Saxon is a lovely, impressionistic chronicle of the city, its people and its culture. (USS01, $16.99)

New Orleans, A Cultural History

New Orleans, A Cultural History


by Louise Mckinney

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

One in a growing series of well-informed histories, this book, organized by neighborhood, is perfect for travelers interested in the social and cultural foundation of the Big Easy. (USA158, $24.99)

The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast


by Douglas Brinkley

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 718 PAGES

In his New York Time Bestseller, Brinkley allows the survivors of Hurricane Katrina to tell their story in compelling detail. He documents the tragedy and its aftermath for the city and surrounding 150 miles of coastline, government mismanagement and the heroes who emerged. (USS469, $17.95)

Treme: The Complete First Season


by John Goodman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • DVD

The first season of the HBO drama about residents of New Orleans attempts to rebuild their lives and their unique and fascinating city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (USM186, $59.99)

Treme: The Complete Second Season


by John Goodman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • DVD

The second season of the HBO drama about residents of New Orleans attempts to rebuild their lives and their unique and fascinating city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (USM187, $59.99)

Early Jazz, Its Roots and Musical Development


by Gunther Schuller

  • MUSIC
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

A serious, classic study of the origins of jazz from the turn of the century to the 1930s. (GEN285, $24.99)

Historic Buildings of the French Quarter


by Lloyd Vogt

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER

Architect Vogt documents New Orleans's 66-block Vieux Carre, highlighting 60 noteworthy buildings from the French colonial, Spanish, Federal, Antebellum and Victorian periods. (USS468, $24.95)

Jazz


by Ellis Marsalis | Herman Leonard

  • MUSIC
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 303 PAGES

This definitive collection of the great jazz photographer's work showcases Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and other celebrated musicians from the 1940s through the 1960s. (MUS81, $65.00)

Let Freedom Swing: Collected Writings on Jazz, Blues, and Gospel


by Howard Reich

  • MUSIC
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 390 PAGES

From New Orleans to Havana and Chicago, each chapter in this connoisseur's guide by the Chicago Tribune art critic is a suite, focusing on people, a place, or a scene. Reich illuminates the history of America music, and especially jazz, including profiles and elegies for such giants as Gershwin, Ellington, and Sinatra. (MUS80, $24.95)

South to Louisiana, The Music of the Cajun Bayous


by John Broven

  • MUSIC
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A musical history of Cajun country. (USS324, $19.95)

The History of Jazz


by Ted Gioia

  • MUSIC
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Studded with lively portraits of jazz's greatest musicians, this new edition of Giao's classic brings to life the places in which jazz evolved. (MUS82, $19.95)

Around the Bend, A Mississippi River Adventure

Around the Bend, A Mississippi River Adventure


by C.C. Lockwood

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • HARD COVER
  • 169 PAGES

A photographic tour of the Mississippi River as seen through the lens of naturalist and wildlife photographer Lockwood. (USS45, $39.95)

The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story

The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story


by Julia Reed

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 199 PAGES

Reed describes with self-deprecating wit her return to New Orleans and a Garden District home just prior to Katrina and her shared efforts with locals to recover and rebuild. (USS429, $13.99)

Treat it Gentle, An Autobiography


by Sidney Bechet

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A lyrical autobiography from the legendary jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. Sidney reminiscences about the early days of New Orleans jazz. (USS323, $15.95)

Cajun and Creole Folktales, The French Oral Tradition of South Louisiana


by Barry Jean Ancelet

  • LITERATURE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

An excellent, wide-ranging compilation of Cajun and Creole folktales, presented side-by-side in French and English. It includes magic tales, jokes, animal tales, tall tales and legends. (USS152, $25.00)

The Moviegoer

The Moviegoer


by Walker Percy

  • LITERATURE
  • 1961
  • PAPER
  • 241 PAGES

Walker Percy won the 1961 National Book Award for this novel, his masterpiece, which unfolds in New Orleans during a momentous Carnival week. It's a great book that we can recommend as much for its sheer readability as for its palpable sense of place. (USS249, $15.00)

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