Other Sellers on Amazon
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans Paperback – February 16, 2010
|New from||Used from|
Enhance your purchase
“Nine Lives is stunning work. Dan Baum has immersed himself in New Orleans, the most fascinating city in the United States, and illuminated it in a way that is as innovative as Tom Wolfe on hot rods and Truman Capote on a pair of murderers. Full of stylistic brilliance and deep insight and an overriding compassion, Nine Lives is an instant classic of creative nonfiction.” —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Nine Lives is a multivoiced biography of a dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city, told through the lives of night unforgettable characters and bracketed by two epic storms: Hurricane Betsy, which transformed New Orleans in the 1960s, and Hurricane Katrina, which nearly destroyed it. Dan Baum brings the kaleidoscopic portrait to life, showing us what was lost in the storm and what remains to be saved.
BONUS: This edition contains a Nine Lives discussion guide.
Inspire a love of reading with Amazon Book Box for Kids
Discover delightful children's books with Amazon Book Box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months — new Amazon Book Box Prime customers receive 15% off your first box. Sign up now
Frequently bought together
“Dan Baum writes with grace and heart in this extraordinary homage to that most beautiful and broken of America’s cities, New Orleans. This is an important American story, and Dan Baum has done a wonderful thing in telling it.” —Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life and The Fall of Baghdad
“Dan Baum tests the power of a very haunting place to bring these beautifully crafted narratives into a coherent whole—and New Orleans comes through with soulful aplomb. Nine Lives is a masterful portrait of a fragile American outpost between two terrible storms.” —Jed Horne, author of Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City
“Nine Lives may be this young year’s most artful and emotionally resonating nonfiction book so far, and for that, to Mr. Baum, a belated New Year’ s toast.” —New York Times
“Brilliantly reported… Compassionate and clear-eyed, Nine Lives brings you into the heart of an American tragedy.” —People, four stars
“A splendid book… Baum continually serves up wonderful detail and phrasing… People in Nine Lives sometimes use the phrase “You feel me?” the way other people say “You understand?” If Baum had employed these words as the last line of his book, as a question about everything he’s told us, the answer would be a firm, appreciative yes.” —New York Times Book Review
"Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans is one of the most moving—and riveting—books ever written about the rich and complicated life we live here." —Times-Picayune
“[A] shimmering portrait . . . [Baum] adroitly moves his subjects through parades, prisons, divorces, sex changes, fancy balls and gun brawls—yes, the stuff of life here—showing New Orleans as a magnetic, enduring force.” —Washington Post
About the Author
- Publisher : Random House; Reprint edition (February 16, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385523203
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385523202
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.75 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #89,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
From Tootie Montana and Billy Grace who were Mardi Gras fixtures and Ronald Lewis who lived through Betsy to Wil Rawlins who was still trying to live up to his father's name and JoAnn Guidos who was trying to use her bar as an anchor for the nonbinary and transgender communities much as New Orleans nightlife did for her.
These are 9 of many New Orleans stories, and while the book shows the effects Katrina had on their lives, it also spends chapters setting them up so we feel for them as three dimensional people, not just Katrina victims. An excellent read
I had the pleasure of living there for about five years in the mid nineties
I am originally from Scotland and was living in southern California
My husband took a job down there where we stayed in furnished homes in the garden district uptown and across the river in algiers point
When we first arrived i thought it was a bit scary and dirty but after living there for some time it really got attached to that town
It is such a unique place with a European feel filled with history character and wonderful people
I cried when we left
I feel the author has captured the feeling of new Orleans in such a thoughtful and beautiful way and it made me so sad to think that with Katrina the stories history and character of the place may now be gone
It has been one of my favorite books about the crescent city and I will always have very fond memories of my short time there where two of my son's were born
I read a lot and have never reviewed a book but i was so moved by this one
I fell in love with New Orleans all over again.
Top reviews from other countries
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2021
Totalmente recomendable a todos aquellos que tengan interés en conocer por que Nueva Orleans es a día de hoy una de las ciudades con más encanto del mundo.