New Year, New Reviews
A roundup of reading to get you through the first part of 2022
From the Heart
I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home
New Orleans writer Jami Attenberg is a New York Times best-selling author, penning seven books of fiction and essays published in The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and more. In her latest, “I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home,” Attenberg explores her wanderlust past and the traumas and triumphs that have profoundly influenced her life and her writing. “I Came All This Way to Meet You” is an intimate memoir about artistic and personal growth, friendship, family and exploration. Hardcover, 272 pages, $27.99.
A Flicker in the Dark
Author Stacy Willingham’s debut novel “A Flicker in the Dark” follows fictional Baton Rouge psychologist Chloe Davis, a woman struggling to deal the legacy of her father’s murderous past. Davis has moved forward with her life, until, that is, another teenage girl goes missing. Has all she has ever known been a lie, and who is the true killer? Advance praise from fellow best-selling thriller writer Karin Slaughter calls the book “A smart, edge-of-your-seat story with plot twists you’ll never see coming. Stacy Willingham’s debut will keep you turning pages long past your bedtime.” Hardcover, 368 pages, $27.99.
Mardi Gras Almost Didn’t Come This Year
After a year without Carnival, everyone in Louisiana can relate to this story of a family coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the best way we all know how — through music, joy and family celebration. “Mardi Gras Almost Didn’t Come This Year” was written by award-winning children’s author Kathy Z. Price and illustrated by esteemed New Orleans artist and graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Carl Joe Williams. Through vibrant prose and striking illustrations, the books explores hope and healing, themes that will resonate with families in a post-pandemic world. Ideal for families with readers ages four through eight. Hardcover, 48 pages, $17.99.
Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin’ in New Orleans
“Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin’ in New Orleans” will have you quickly putting your New Years diet resolutions aside … and it’s all worth it. Filled with recipes from Chef Mason Hereford and co-author J.J. Goode from the iconic Turkey and the Wolf restaurant (named Best New Restaurant in America by “Bon Appetit”), “Flavor Trippin’” will take home cooks on a wild ride through southern American cooking. Hereford puts his unique spin on classics such as deviled eggs, casseroles and fried bologna sandwiches. These aren’t your grandma’s basic recipes, to be sure. Hardcover, 256 pages, $30.