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The Louisiana Field Guide: Understanding Life in the Pelican State

The Louisiana Field Guide: Understanding Life in the Pelican State

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In Louisiana, every bite of food and each turn of phrase is an expression of cultural literacy. Correctly pronouncing "Tchoupitoulas" or "Atchafalaya," knowing the difference between the first Governor Long and the second one, being able to spot the artwork of Caroline Durieux, and honoring the distinction between a Creole and a Cajun roux serve not just as markers of familiarity; they represent acts of preservation. The Louisiana Field Guide: Understanding Life in the Pelican State expands on this everyday communion of history, delving into the cultural patchwork that makes the Gumbo State both thoroughly American and absolutely singular.

An authoritative lineup of contributors reintroduces Louisiana through the lenses of environment, geography, history, politics, religion, culture, language, sports, literature, film, music, architecture, food, and art. Whether describing the archi-tectural details of the Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter or sharing the family history of Bourgeois' Meat Market just outside of Thibodaux, the essays in The Louisiana Field Guide present a fresh and expansive look at the enchanting and perplexing Pelican State.

At once an accessible primer and a rich omnibus, this volume explores the well-known destinations and far-flung corners of Louisiana, from Cameron Parish to Congo Square, offering an enlightening companion guide for visitors and a trust-worthy reference for residents.

Author: Ryan Orgera
Publisher: LSU Press
Published: 10/13/2014
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.04lbs
Size: 8.57h x 5.73w x 1.09d
ISBN: 9780807157763

About the Author

Ryan Orgera received his doctorate in geography from Louisiana State University and serves as the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson in Washington, D.C.

Wayne Parent, the Russell B. Long Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University, is a political commentator and the author of Inside the Carnival: Unmasking Louisiana Politics.
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