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5 New Orleans books to read for Mardi Gras

Grab a slice of king cake, pour a mug of chicory coffee, and settle in with these NOLA-themed reads.


Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans

New Orleans has a long history of tolerance and diversity, which helps to shape the city culture it maintains today. But in the early 20th century, a powerful group of rich white residents decided to “rescue” the city from jazz, liquor, and prostitution. Gary Krist’s best-selling history tells the story of the battle that ensued, describing in entertaining detail how vice and virtue clashed and helped make the Crescent City what it is today. “Krist is an enthusiastic raconteur of the forgotten. He tears through diaries and old newspapers, bringing fleshy life to what might otherwise dissolve into sepia,” praises the Washington Post. 

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