Louisiana:Off The Beaten Path - A Guide To Unique Places- Gay Martin -Devoted to travelers with a taste for the unique, this guide will help you discover the hidden places in Louisiana that most tourists miss.
Swapping Stories - Folktakes From Louisiana- Carl Lindahl (Editor),
Maida Owens (Editor), C. Renee Harvison (Editor)-
Here are more than two hundred oral tales from some of
Louisiana's finest storytellers. Transcribed from on-the-spot
presentations, this collection of narratives includes many genres
(ghost stories, tall tales, political anecdotes, animal tales, myths,
magic tales, buried treasure tales, and reminiscences of small-town
life). It also represents diverse voices (Cajuns, Creoles,
Native Americans, African Americans, and Louisianans of Hungarian,
Italian, and Vietnamese descent) and all regions of this storytelling
Louisiana Dayride - 52 Short Trips From New Orleans- Shelley N.C. Holl -Holl describes far-ranging activities such as touring historic
mansions, shrimping, and watching a rodeo at the Louisiana State
Penitentiary. Interspersed are historical facts, places to eat,
and bits of conversation with the locals. Sidebars give additional
information about each site, including how to go, the best time to go,
addresses and phone numbers, hours of operation, and admission fees.
A tantalizing and informative book; highly recommended.
Louisana, Yesterday and Today: A Historical Guide to the State- John Wilds, Walter G. Cowan, Charles L. Dufour -
A richly detailed guided tour of Louisiana's history evoking the
special romantic place that the state seems to occupy in the
American imagination. Written by three Louisiana journalists who
leave no stone unturned as they investigate the stories behind
Louisiana's natives, the Louisiana Purchase,
the Battle of New Orleans, the Civil War and Reconstruction,
and the rise of Huey P. Long--not to mention pirate Jean Lafitte
and voodoo queen Marie Laveau. The legendary Cajun and Creole
heritage of the 64 parishes is vividly portrayed as well as more
common topics of population, economy, culture, and noteworthy
Only in Louisiana: A Guide for the Adventurous Traveler-
Keith Odom -
An unseen side of the Bayou State that will amaze and delight.
Whatever your inclination, you'll find something here to intrigue
you -- bizarre attractions, craftspeople, wildlife, events, museums,
remote sites, collectors, plantations, chapels, and more.
These people, places, and attractions are a sample of the exciting
diversity of Louisiana, and they're waiting for anyone who likes the
thrill of adventure and discovery.
Cajun Country Guide-
Macon Fry, Julie Posner -
There's just nowhere else but South Louisiana to find real
knee-slapping, crowd-hooting Zydeco music. Even the big-city
chefs can't cook up a Cajun meal the way they do at the roadside
restaurants deep in the bayous of Acadiana. Likewise, no other
guide matches the amount of in-depth information presented in
"Cajun Country Guide". It's a study of Cajuns that tells visitors
how to find the sights, sounds, and flavors of one of America's
most culturally unique regions.
Along the River Road : Past and Present on Louisiana's Historic Byway-
Mary Ann Sternberg -
With the river as the centerpiece, the River Road area--actually one
narrow, winding road on each side of the river-- was home to Native
Americans, French, Spanish, African slaves, Creoles, Cajuns,
Italians, and many others who contributed to the development of a
colorful and unique culture. The River Road is much more than the
nine plantation houses open to the public. There are interesting,
small museums, historic churches and cemeteries with tombstones in
French, the vast river and man's efforts to control and use it, a
200-year old sugar cane industry, a history of boats from pirogues
to towboats, 18th century creole architecture, spanish moss and
armadillos, tales of ghosts, bandits, and lovers, and much more.
"Along the River Road" is the only book that puts this area in a
context, offering both visitors and natives an overview of how it
developed, and then guides you on a ride up the east bank and down
the west bank pointing out the mostly unmarked treasures.
The Truth About the Cajuns-
Trent Angers -
A book that describes the French-Acadian, or Cajun, people with the
accuracy and dignity to which they are entitled -- contrary to the
shallow, stereotyping manner in which they have been depicted by
many of the news media. This controversial book sets the record
straight about the Cajun people and their culture. Illustrated
with maps and photos.
Gumbo YA-YA: A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales -
Lyle Saxon, Edward Dreyer, and Robert Tallant -
The sights and sounds of Louisiana come alive in Gumbo Ya-Ya
("everybody talking at once").
Long considered the finest collection of Louisiana folk tales
and customs, this new edition chronicles the stories and legends
that have emerged from across the Bayou State.
Old New Orleans:Walking Tour of the French Quarters-
Stanley Clisby Arthur, Susan C. Dore (Editor)-
Written for those who want to wander along
the narrow streets of New Orleans' Vieux Carre' and view its
historic antiquated buildings, look upon beflowered patios and
flagged courtyards, or inspect the ancient wrought-and cast-iron
railings which line the balconies of century-old Creole homes.
It is for those who want to know authentic histories of these
priceless relics of a city's romantic past.
Barry Jean Ancelet, Glen Pitre, Jay Edwards, Lynwood Montell (Editor) -
A comprehensive survey of the history, social institutions,
material culture, and recreational activities of this unique
ethnic group. It is further distinguished by the sound scholarship
of folklorists and historians whose writings have been gracefully
assembled under one cover.
Weekend Getaways in Louisiana-
Mary Fonseca Mary Fonseen -
presents a myriad of choices for excursions that are designed
for a two- to three-day stay in author Mary Fonseca's native state.
Covering cities large and small for Houma to Ruston, from Natchitoches
to Lake Charles and in between, it includes Cajun music festivals,
historic state capitals, antebellum plantations, swamp tours, outdoor
adventures, and much more.
Strange True Stories of Louisiana-
George Washington Cable -
A compilation of seven unusual and often factual accounts of
Louisiana life and history, including tales of two French sisters
who made the dangerous trek to unsettled North Louisiana at the
beginning of the nineteenth century. Focusing on New Orleans, Cable
adds the story of "The 'Haunted House' in Royal Street", which
continues to inspire ghost hunters to this day.
Tears, Love and Laughter : The Story of the Cajuns and Their Music-
Pierre V. Daigle -
Now in its fourth edition, this book has been called, "the best
introduction to the best of the Cajun heart and soul".
It tells the history of the Cajuns from the time they left France
to their resettlement in Southwest Louisiana.
Evangeline and the Acadians-
Robert Tallant, Corinne Boyd Dillon (Illustrator)-
Although the tragic expulsion of the Acadian people from what is now
Nova Scotia was common knowledge as far back as 1770, many people are
not aware of the circumstances that led up to this forced exodus.
This is a detailed account of the history, culture, and legacy of