Posted by Kurt on March 22, 2011
I’m practically finished reading Louisiana Rambles by Ian McNulty. If a book’s main purpose is to inspire the reader to some sort of action, then this book has more than achieved its goal. I’ve got so many road trips planned for Cristina and me that I may have to take out a loan due to the rising gas prices.
For instance, I’ve never been to the Angola Rodeo mainly due to the fact that I have no interest in rodeos. The way that Mr. McNulty writes about the rodeo and the arts and crafts fair, not only do I want to go but I want to bring a pick up truck with me to bring home some of the wares. I’ve driven through Morgan City numerous times. Now, I want to stop and tour Mr. Charlie, the rig museum.
However, to say the book is only for tourist promotion to short changing it. The book goes deeper then that. He captures the people of South Louisiana perfectly. His story about the new state capital not only captures the day he was there, but anyone who has ever been there will experience a little de ja vu. When he meets someone, he makes you feel as if you are meeting them too. Seriously, if you love Louisiana and the people, this book should be on your bookshelf.
Finally, to show how much I liked this book I’ll leave you with this fact about it: I actually put down Angry Birds to read the book.
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Posted by Kurt on March 3, 2011
I grew up on Bayou Lafourche in the sleepy town of Lockport, LA. The kind of town that has no red lights just caution lights. It’s a great small town but nothing ever really happened there. Rarely will you see the word Lockport in the index of the book and if you do you learn about towns in New York and Illinois.
One of the guys in this picture is cheesy and it's the guy on the left.
So when I saw the Ian McNulty had published a book about his travels into Cajun and Creole country, I was praying and hoping Lockport would be in the index. To find out, the fiancée and I drove uptown to buy the book and meet Mr. McNulty at Garden District Book Shop last Thursday. Ian McNulty is the food critic for the Gambit. If you haven’t read his reviews, do so but be forewarned that you will be hungry and be tempted to get your wallet and hop in the car. The staff at Garden District Book Shop was friendly and quickly pointed us in the right place to pick up our copy of Louisiana Rambles: Exploring America’s Cajun and Creole Heartland. We then stood in line for Mr. McNulty to sign our copy. Cristina and I talked to him a little bit about Lockport. He knew about the playhouse in Lockport and wants to get down there to catch a production. Come to think of it, so do I. He then wrote a nice little inscription to both Cristina and I making sure to spell her name correctly. He also gave us some very handy and timely beer cozies with title of his book to help advertise it. That makes me wish I still taught marketing to show my class what good marketing looks like.
And yes, Lockport is in the index.
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