The winner of the drawing for Paula Morris's RUINED is:
Shoot me an email some time this week with your mailing address and I'll get the book out to you asap!
For everyone else, if you're interested in reading a novel set in New Orleans, Ruined is a great one for a young lady who has never visited our fair city. But there are hundreds of books and an increasing amount of films and television programs set in Louisiana, particularly in New Orleans. There's even a Wikipedia page entitled New Orleans in Fiction that might provide a good starting point.
I highly recommend A Confederacy of Dunces if you want to experience the quirkiness of the city via a book, and Treme—if you have HBO— since it's the most authentic depiction I've ever seen on film. I get a little choked up watching that show sometimes, so I hope the rest of the country enjoys it as well as us here do.
Happy Reading, and make sure you know your evacuation plan!
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