1 Dead in Attic: Post-Katrina Stories

Dead in Attic Post Katrina Stories Dead in Attic is a collection of stories by Times Picayune columnist Chris Rose recounting the first four harrowing months of life in New Orleans after Katrina It is a roller coaster ride of observ

  • Title: 1 Dead in Attic: Post-Katrina Stories
  • Author: Chris Rose
  • ISBN: 9780977771509
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 Dead in Attic is a collection of stories by Times Picayune columnist Chris Rose, recounting the first four harrowing months of life in New Orleans after Katrina It is a roller coaster ride of observations, commentary, emotions, tragedy and even humor in a way that only Rose could find in a devastated wasteland They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of s1 Dead in Attic is a collection of stories by Times Picayune columnist Chris Rose, recounting the first four harrowing months of life in New Orleans after Katrina It is a roller coaster ride of observations, commentary, emotions, tragedy and even humor in a way that only Rose could find in a devastated wasteland They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of survivors and believers, stories of hope and despair And stories about refrigerators With photographs by British photojournalist Charlie Varley, 1 Dead in Attic freeze frames New Orleans caught between an old era and a new, New Orleans in its most desperate time, as it struggled out of floodwaters and willed itself back to life in the autumn and early winter of 2005.

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    • In the United States, there exists only 3 cities whose inhabitants actually love the cities in which they inhabit. They are: San Francisco, New Orleans and New York. If you have not lived in any of these, you probably aren't aware of the palpable affection and pride we have for these fabled places. We know our neighbors. We know the history of buildings and events that have been handed down through oral history.So, when Katrina hit New Orleans and eviscerated it and then flooded it, it not only [...]


    • I had an odd experience while reading this book. It happened between pages 229 and 237. Rose transitions from playing basketball at Wisner Park on the redone Sprite court in the middle of a mess to having his hair cut at a salon on Oak Street. For over two hundred pages, he'd been talking about my city, but all of a sudden, he stepped onto my home turf and it hit, well, home.Growing up, my surrogate aunts, those saviors of my awkward adolescence, lived by Wisner Park, so when my boyfriend and I [...]


    • "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?" so the old song goes, and I can definitively answer, "Yes, I do." When Seth and I were breaking up it was after the first wave of Katrina horror stories, after the news had tired of this latest Bush tragedy, after I had exhausted my meager means of curtailing whatever Government-funded looting I could possibly curtail. But when Seth and I were breaking up it was the beginning of the longer recovery effort, and Homeland Security was hiring Jack-of- [...]


    • I really wanted to like this book. Ultimately, though, a few things kept me from doing so.1. Rhythm. It's essentially a 350-page book made up of 3-page columns, reprinted as they were initially published in the newspaper. What was probably wonderfully moving on a daily basis loses a lot of its power when surrounded by a hundred others just like it. Also, since each column works as a self-contained whole, the reader is constantly taken to some sort of emotional climax.2. Pacing. See Rhythm above. [...]


    • But don't even try to read this without a box of Kleenex. In all honesty, I probably needed a few boxes. Waterworks 4.0.


    • A collection of articles Chris arose wrote for the Times Picayune after the devastation of hurricane Katrina. Some sad, some happy, with a tinge of sadness. An amazing collection that highlights the resiliency of the people of New Orleans. Careful to also include his own struggles in the mix, Rose is honest and straightforward with how the rebuilding is going. A powerful read, if you are interested in Katrina and it's aftermath.


    • The title is taken from writing on a flood destroyed house, indicating yet another victim of the Hurricane Katrina New Orleans tragedy . This book, written by an award-winning Times Picayune columnist, contains one-chapter short stories that are simply incredible. Rather than outline what led to Katrina, Rose focuses on the aftermath of the hurricane. His heart rendering account of a year and a half after is so well written that at times I laughed and others I cried. His pithy, heart breaking an [...]


    • This was an emotionally difficult read for me. I almost appreciated that fragmented nature of the assemblage of several years' worth of Rose's columns, instead of a unifying narrative. That same sort of disruptive rhythm, that yanked me back from immersion at the end of each three- or five-page essay echoed the stop-and-start process of healing so many went through after Katrina.On a very personal level, it provoked a return to my own reflections on home - what makes a place feel that way; what [...]


    • Rose is a good, emotionally evocative writer, but I found it hard to get through this. Partly because the essays are not grouped chronologically, and partly because the nature of a collection of newspaper columns is that they will be disjointed, and I had trouble staying with them. I have the same problem with collections of short stories - I don't like changing tracks over and over, I need a continuous narrative. It was also hard for me to read these knowing that at the time of publication Rose [...]


    • This book is only 364 pages, which I usually read in a day or two at most. This book took me three months. Rose is a journalist and this is a compilation of columns he wrote post-Katrina. It's raw. So raw that I had to be very careful how much I read, because it was too heavy sometimes. But it's IMPORTANT. If you've been to New Orleans, even now, 10 years later, it's not over completely. There are still neighborhoods that are dead and will not recover. But the spirit, what makes New Orleans, did [...]


    • Seriously, I can't believe the Times-Pic publishes someone who regularly uses the word "gangbanger." I don't think this collection of Chris Rose's columns reflects very much or any critical thought about race, class, and the responsibility of the government in the post-Katrina recovery efforts--how can you leave those issues out?!? On the other hand, I do appreciate this book as a personal account of how Katrina profoundly affected the psychological health of people living in New Orleans.


    • 1 Dead in Attic is the third book I've read about Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans. Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, a memoirist who didn't experience Katrina but wrote this work from interviews, tells the story of the experiences of New Orleans painting contractor Abdulrahman Zeitoun, who stayed in New Orleans during the storm only to be arrested and imprisoned in a wire cage for weeks. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink, a medical investigati [...]


    • Like much of America, I was awestruck by the devastation wreaked upon New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. It got to the point where I had to quit watching the coverage of it, as my heart broke over and over again for those who had lost so much: their homes, their livelihoods, their family members, their pets, even their own lives. I even got into an argument about it with a friend whom I felt was being heartless for saying that those without flood insurance, and those who didn't leave in time, alm [...]


    • When I moved to New Orleans in 2010, one of the TV stations was running these "Guess who's back!" ads to promote the return of someone famous, quintessentially New Orleans, and much beloved. After weeks of this, the mystery person joining the news team was revealed! And it was a bitter-looking, sardonic man. It was Chris Rose. I did not make an effort to watch his segments.A little more than three years later, I'm preparing to move onto the next phase in my life - out of New Orleans. I have avoi [...]


    • Chris Rose has a wonderful eye for capturing all of the unique little brushstrokes that constitute the moving and complex portrait that is post-Katrina New Orleans. His stories are of comfortable lives suddenly thrust into a third-world existence by a natural disaster horribly mismanaged. The old rules and securities vanished, to be replaced by the heart-breaks, absurdities and small wonders of a community teetering on the margins, but refusing to topple. While most journalists and books focused [...]


    • Loved this book, loved this author. Need I say more? Wells and here goes:Chris is a columnist for a paper in New Orleans and writes from his heart about what has happened to his beloved city New Orleans. Who among us can say "New Orleans" and not have a thrill race up our spine? even IF we've never been there, we've always wanted to go there. There is an aura in the South that cannot be replicated anywhere else, the air not only smells different but it feels different. New Orleans is a city full [...]


    • 5 stars for New Orleaneans; 4 for those who have visited and love the city, and probably a 3 star rating for strangers to the Crescent City. The stories, legends, epic failings, and media hype completely fail to capture the spirit that is New Orleans, the physical and spiritual damage that Katrina and its aftermath (environmental and bureaucratic) did to one of the most vibrant cultural enclaves in America. The 'real' New Orleans is the people, the spirit, an approach to life and to people. It's [...]


    • Entertained by it but not a huge fan.I will say that this may be due to the fact that I read it over 5 years after Katrina (and have been living here the entire time), and any feeling of "rebuilding" New Orleans is long gone the city is back to normal as far as I'm concerned.Not a huge fan of anything inspirational. Call me a pessimist (I am not); I hated Slumdog Millionare. Although the book deals with many depressing issues, it is backed with Rose's hope for New Orleans to return, but explaine [...]


    • "1 Dead in Attic" is a collection of Times-Picayune reporter Chris Rose's post-Katrina columns. For the post part, Rose manages to avoid the trap of writing repetitive, formulaic pieces, which I think must be tough for columnists in any circumstance and tougher still for one facing aftermath of a hurricane.Rose himself got off relatively easy, as his home, job and family survived the storm. Then again, his marriage and his mental health did not. It says something about journalism that a man woul [...]


    • I've been going to New Orleans ~ once a month for the last 8 months for work, and picked up this book for a flight home aside from the occasional pause when it got a bit much and the drive back to the house, I read it in one go. It's an incredibly vivid book, and while reading it isn't an act of witness like the writing of it, the city and the people deserve that much of your time at least. You don't have to go too far into east New Orleans or for that matter just skirt the perimeter of the Lowe [...]


    • I evacuated New Orleans the day that Katrina hit, and didn't return for two months. During much of that time, I had no idea what parts of my city were gone, what parts were unscathed. I didn't know if I had a home to return to. Watching CNN all day during the first week drove me insane. But what kept me from falling apart in the end was the snippets I got from Chris Rose. I still remember reading an article he wrote in which he said that Dick and Jenny's restaurant was ok.which was my brother's [...]


    • i've been reluctant to give this a perfunctory star rating. the little mouse-over text for five stars says 'it was amazing', but i would hardly call one of the worst american tragedies 'amazing'. still, five stars might get someone else to read it, and it should be read, so five stars it gets.i'm repeatedly drawn to this book. certain devastations and horrors do that to me. like my compulsion to watch Schindler's List every year or so, because i so rarely cry otherwise, and sometimes you need to [...]


    • Such a great piece of writing. I found myself in a mix of emotions while reading Chris's passages. I cried, laughed, trembled and become one with this story. Yes, it was about Hurricane Katrina but it was also a bit about each of us. Our towns, our troubles, our trials of life. Chris made it easy to see inside the city of New Orleans, he made it real for me. I've had the pleasure of visiting NOLA pre-THE THING and want/need to see New Orleans again. Definitely going to look into more by Chris Ro [...]


    • I enjoyed this book and enjoyed reading about first had experiences in the aftermath of Katrina. The author writes these snippets for publication in a local newspaper and the book contains a collection of those writings. One event in particular struck me. The author was int the parking lot of a convenience store and watched someone discard a wrapper out his car window. He became so incensed over this that he verbally accosted the other person with boldness, telling him that citizens couldn't lit [...]


    • Great collection - reiterates once again the tenuous hold on survival that we all have in our modern society. I can't truly imagine the horror that the people of NO went throughd I guess I'm still glad for that, in a way. Also, it has made me want to check into the status of the city currently the book ended near the end of 2006. Fantastic read and certainly provides a different perspective on the Katrina event than I had previously.


    • This was a recommendation from our tour guide on the Treme tour that we took when I was at ALA in New Orleans. She said it would give you the best feel for how it really was. She was amazing! Take the tour with Sandy. She was there. So far I am crying and laughing and have to pause and read other things for while because it is overwhelming. Anyone who wants to really get a feel for what went on after Katrina should read this. It is not an easy read.


    • This is a cluster of vignettes - sad, touching, funny, shocking, chronicling one man's observations after Hurricane Katrina devastated South Louisiana. New Orleans is my hometown, so I can relate to the spirit and the attitude


    • Eye-opening, personal, heartbreaking, and hopeful. This is a powerful read filled with numerous short stories about Katrina and, its aftermath and affects it's had on the people who call New Orleans home.



    • Eye opening book about life in New Orleans for the year following Katrina. The author does a great job of painting the picture of what these people had to live through!


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