In the final book of the Preservation Resource Center trilogy (Life in an Epic City, 2006, and New Orleans’ Favorite Shotguns, 2007), author and editor Mary Fitzpatrick teams up with film location manager, producer and scriptwriter Virginia McCollam for an around-the-clock trip to the favorite spots of more than 100 insiders.
If you want to see New Orleans as people really live it or if you are fortunate enough to live here and want to travel beyond your own zone, here’s a remarkable diversity of the city’s greatest places according to locals. Celebrities like John Stirratt of WILCO, David Simon of Treme, the Duplass Brothers writing/directing team, crime novelist George Pelecanos and actors Wendell Pierce, Bryan Batt and John Goodman add their favorite spots to places chosen by the powder room attendant at Brennan’s, the Harley-Davidson dealer, the Uptown pediatrician, transplanted nanny, master silversmith, journalist, photographer, developer, and Julia Street drifter. Favorite streets, cafés, vistas, bars, shops, neighborhoods, all-nighters, weekends, and po-boys fill this delightful little picture book illustrated with quirky and beautiful photographs. There’s a place in New Orleans for everybody, from religious grottoes to the all night coffee shop you can kayak right up to, from Caribbean alleyways to a boathouse panorama that could be in Bora Bora, from a hundred-year-old dive bar with gourmet food to the underbelly of the Mississippi River bridge, and from an early morning serene French Quarter to a disquieting late night in a ramshackle lounge uptown. Days and days and nights and nights of New Orleans’ favorite places.
Proceeds benefit the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans in honor of its 40th anniversary.
152 pages, 121 photos