What are the best non-fiction books about New Orleans?

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    #1Black Life in Old New Orleans

    Black Life in Old New Orleans

    Black Life in Old New Orleans is a non-fiction historical book written by Keith Medley. This book is about Africans in New Orleans and published in 2014 by Pelican Publishing Company.

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    Ishan Jindal
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book has been a splendid journey through early New Orleans life. Well I wouldn't say splendid simply because of some of the ordeals the characters here go through, but I certainly did enjoy the book overall as it was a very educational tale that goes through the series of events slaves had to deal with throughout."
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    #2The World That Made New Orleans

    The World That Made New Orleans
    The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square is a historical non-fiction book written by Ned Sublette. It is published in 2008 by Chicago Review Press. 
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    Marie Martin
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I love this book. It gave me a lot of information about the city."
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    #3Africans in Colonial Louisiana

    Africans in Colonial Louisiana

    Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth-Century is a historical non-fiction book written by  Gwendolyn Midlo Hall. 

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    Jason Hu
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "perfect reviews but not many"
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    #4Spirits of New Orleans

    Spirits of New Orleans
    Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead is a paranormal non-fiction book written by Kala Ambrose. It is published in 2012 by Clerisy Press. 
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    Eric Gardner
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "You've read all the fiction about vampires and voodoo in New Orleans. Well, here's the real stories of voodoo and vampires. It recounts all the tales and legends of spooks in a city with a long history of paranormal activity. Quite fascinating."
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    #5Gumbo Tales

    Gumbo Tales

    Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table a non-fiction memoir about New Orleans' cuisine written by Sara Roahen. It is published in 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company.

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    Howard Alexander
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "One of the best culinary books about New Orleans. It is all about New Orlean's cuisine."
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    #6Creole

    Creole

    Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color is a historical non-fiction book written by Sybil Kein. It is first published in 2000 by LSU Press. 

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    Ismael Calderón
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Creole is a non fiction book by Sybil Kein and available on Amazon for $22.75 for a hardcover edition. It is the story of history of Louisiana's free people of color. It isn't a big seller at all but it is a good read for people interested in the history of New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana. It is an okay fit for the topic."
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    #7Spirit World

    Spirit World

    Spirit World: Pattern in the Expressive Folk Culture of New Orleans is a historical non-fiction book written by Michael P. Smith. It was first published in 1987. 

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    Wu Gao
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This book was a great read before my first trip to New Orleans. It is rich with historical detail that makes you feel you are already there. I loved all the deep explorations of people and traditions in Louisiana! The writing is crisp and clear."
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    #8The Accidental City

    The Accidental City

    The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans is a historical non-fiction book written by Lawrence N. Powell. It is first published in 2012 by Harvard University Press.

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    Mark Howell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If you are looking for a non-fiction book about New Orleans, my number one suggestion is The Accidental City. It tells the story of New Orleans and how it came to be, by accident."
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    #9The Deadly Night of October 8, 1871

    The Deadly Night of October 8, 1871
    The Deadly Night of October 8, 1871: The Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire is a History Non-fiction book written by Charles River Editors. It was published August 20, 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
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    Raymundo Gálvez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a book on a well known historical American event, but not one that took place in New Orleans. This is focused on the great fire in Chicago. This is not what I am looking for, and would only really apply to my needs if I wanted more broad American historical accounts."

Summary

Best What are the best non-fiction books about New Orleans
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Black Life in Old New OrleansBooks 37 Paid
2The World That Made New OrleansBooks 33 Paid
3Africans in Colonial LouisianaBooks 32 Paid
4Spirits of New OrleansBooks 30 Paid
5Gumbo TalesBooks 30 Paid
6CreoleBooks 27 Paid
7Spirit WorldBooks 25 Paid
8The Accidental CityBooks 24 Paid
9The Deadly Night of October 8, 1871Books 0 Paid
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