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CD Aaron Neville’s latest album, My True Story, is a new take on the New Orleanian’s favorite doo-wop songs. You will recognize songs such as “Tears on my Pillow” and “Little Bitty Pretty One.” reported that the album debuted at No. 7 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. That is Neville’s “highest charting album ever,” according to the website. If you still need another reason to get My True Story, the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards co-produced the album and helped out on guitar.

CHILDREN’S When the Lights Went Out in the City is the first children’s book for New Orleans native Christi Johnston Rice. With the help of Megan Kay Nolan’s illustrations, the book follows Flambeaux, a power truck, as he drives during Metairie and New Orleans through the power outage of Hurricane Isaac. Both parents and kids will enjoy seeing familiar sights in the book such as City Park and Audubon Zoo.


COOKBOOK It is usually Emeril Lagasse who gets all the accolades for cooking in New Orleans, but now his daughters have their own cookbook, The Gluten-Free Table. When Jilly Lagasse and Jessie Lagasse Swanson were diagnosed with gluten intolerance, they had to find ways to navigate their new gluten-free diet. Their new book includes gluten-free recipes – including pasta dishes, cookies and pizzas – plus some tips and resources for living a gluten-free life.

NOVEL Out of the Easy is the second novel from bestselling author Ruta Sepetys. She traveled to New Orleans multiple times to research the history of New Orleans in the 1950s to write the story of Josie, the daughter of a prostitute, who hopes to leave New Orleans for college but becomes involved in a murder investigation. The book is gripping from beginning to end and the author’s descriptions of New Orleans make it fun for anyone familiar with the city to follow Josie through the French Quarter.

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