CD She has been called the Macy Gray of New Orleans, and when you hear her EP “OnlyElon,” you’ll understand why Elon Hornsby deserves the comparison. The Houma native and graduate of the Agnes Scott College in Atlanta writes all of her own music, which has already impressed some famous friends; Better Than Ezra’s Tom Drummond helped Hornsby with her EP.
FOOD If you’ve ever thought, “I sure wish I could make a dish like they do at Galatoire’s,” you need Lorin Gaudin’s New Orleans Chef’s Table. The local food writer’s new book is jam-packed with recipes from a variety of New Orleans’ favorite eateries including Commander’s Palace, Restaurant R’evolution, Creole Creamery and more. There is a little write-up about each spot followed by a recipe or two.
HISTORY In her new book Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race, and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans, author Emily Epstein Landau offers an extensive history of Storyville, New Orleans’ red light district from 1897 to 1917. Landau, a history professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, gives readers a detailed look at the women who worked in Storyville and the area’s music scene. The book also focuses on how racial issues of the time played a huge part in the history of the “nation’s most notorious red-light district.”
SOCIOLOGY Author Jill Ann Harrison is a sociology professor at the University of Oregon, but she developed an interest for Louisiana shrimpers after she worked on the Louisiana Bayou with AmeriCorps as a recent college grad. For Buoyancy on the Bayou: Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization, Harrison talks to Louisiana fishers to see how the changes of the shrimp fishing industry has changed their lives. She includes personal stories from shrimp fishers throughout the book, which makes the broad and complicated topic of globalization easier to grasp and makes for an interesting read.