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THEY CALLED US RIVER RATS - Macon Fry

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Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

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Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for an open air book signing with Macon Fry celebrating his new book, THEY CALLED US RIVER RATS: The Last Batture Settlement of New Orleans.

Please pre-order a signed copy now at https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9781496833075.

"The batture has long been the most liminal of spaces in New Orleans, part land, part water, part urban, part rural. Here, finally, is the inside story of the city’s last batture community, told by long-time ‘river rat’ Macon Fry. Readers will learn how life in one of America’s most unusual neighborhoods imparts an important lesson about living with nature. "
- Richard Campanella, geographer, author, and professor at Tulane University School of Architecture

 

Octavia Books Bestsellers of the Week

Here are our bestsellers at Octavia Books for the week ending Saturday, May 8, 2021 (including pre-orders):

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393881554
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

For those who could read between the lines, the censored news out of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there was nothing to worry about.


The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781324004493
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

The surprising, often fiercely feminist, always fascinating, yet barely known, history of home economics.


The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593465271
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller and #1 USA Today bestseller
 
Amanda Gorman’s electrifying and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition, perfect for graduation or any special occasion.
 


New Orleans Architecture: Volume IX: Carrollton Cover Image
$59.95
ISBN: 9780807174210
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - December 2nd, 2020

An essential reference guide to one of New Orleans's most iconic Uptown neighborhoods, New Orleans Architecture: Volume IX documents the remarkable architectural history of the former city of Carrollton, once the seat of Jefferson Parish and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The Midnight Library: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525559474
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - September 29th, 2020

The New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon
 
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick
 
"A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post 


Walking New Orleans: 33 Historic Neighborhoods, Waterfront Districts, and Recreational Wonderlands Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643590356
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wilderness Press - March 30th, 2021

Get to Know the Famous Louisiana City's Vibrant and Historic Neighborhoods


Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735219106
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 30th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING PHENOMENON
More than 10 million copies sold worldwide
A Reese’s Book Club Pick
A Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade 

"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon

"Painfully beautiful."--The New York Times Book Review


World Travel: An Irreverent Guide Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062802798
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ecco - April 20th, 2021

A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain


Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984824332
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - May 4th, 2021

The “exquisitely researched and deeply engrossing” (The New York Times) true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry—with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter


Things We Lost to the Water: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780593317952
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

Named one of the “Fifteen Books to Watch for in May” by The New York Times

“Nguyen’s narrative strikes a very elusive balance: vast in scale and ambition, while luscious and inviting — enchanting, really — in its intimacy.”
—Bryan Washington, The New York Times Book Review


Dog Man: Mothering Heights: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #10) Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338680454
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - March 23rd, 2021

Dog Man and Petey face their biggest challenges yet in the tenth Dog Man book from worldwide bestselling author and illustrator Dav Pilkey.

Dog Man is down on his luck, Petey confronts his not so purr-fect past, and Grampa is up to no good. The world is spinning out of control as new villains spill into town. Everything seems dark and full of despair. But hope is not lost.


Snippets of New Orleans Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781935754992
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Louisiana - April 11th, 2017

Snippets of New Orleans is a whimsical 248 pages of witty text and wonderful illustrations all about New Orleans: its music, food, architecture, people, eccentricities, and traditions.


They Called Us River Rats: The Last Batture Settlement of New Orleans Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781496833075
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Press of Mississippi - May 4th, 2021

They Called Us River Rats: The Last Batture Settlement of New Orleans is the previously untold story of perhaps the oldest outsider settlement in America, an invisible community on the annually flooded shores of the Mississippi River. This community exists in the place between the normal high and low water line of the Mississippi River, a zone known in Louisiana as the batture.


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143127741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

#1 New York Times bestseller

“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies


Attack of the Underwear Dragon Cover Image
By Scott Rothman, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593119891
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Brave knights, fire-breathing dragons, and underwear -- every kid's favorite things in one book illustrated by #1 New York Times bestselling artist Pete Oswald!


Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579658472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Artisan - April 21st, 2020

An NPR Best Book of the Year

A Saveur, Washington Post, and Garden & Gun Best Cookbook of the Year
 
Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Eater, Epicurious, and The Splendid Table Best New Cookbook


Long-Listed for The Art of Eating Prize for Best Food Book of 2021

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Untamed Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984801258
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Dial Press - March 10th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Over two million copies sold! “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick)


The Lost Apothecary Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778311010
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Park Row - March 2nd, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Hello magazine, Oprah.com, Bustle, Popsugar, Betches, Sweet July, and GoodReads


March 2021 Indie Next Pick and #1 LibraryReads Pick


The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316296618
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 27th, 2021

An exploration of how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examin


The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501171345
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 4th, 2021

Now a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Selection!

A gripping mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life—until he disappears.

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her.


Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER


Whereabouts: A novel Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593318317
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - April 27th, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

A marvelous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies—her first in nearly a decade—about a woman questioning her place in the world, wavering between stasis and movement, between the need to belong and the refusal to form lasting ties.
 


Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735216730
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction
 
Winner of the Gotham Book Prize

One of Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of the Year"

Oprah's Book Club Pick

Named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and TIME Magazine

Washington Post Notable Novel


Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250027436
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2013

See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with Shadow and Bone, now a Netflix original series.

Enter the Grishaverse with Book One of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.


the secret is YOU: How I Empowered 250,000 Women to Find Their Passion and Change Their Lives Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781642937138
Availability: Backordered
Published: Post Hill Press - April 13th, 2021

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller!

How a trailblazing business turned the hottest bedroom toy accessories into a $350 million global empire.

In 2000, Chris Cicchinelli was twenty-five and at a crossroads. He had just been forced to leave a promising position at a large retail franchise when his mother, Patty Brisben, called.


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