MARDI GRAS In his new book, Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival, Mardi Gras expert Errol Laborde – who is also the editor-in-chief of the magazine you’re reading right now – shares an in-depth look at the history and culture of New Orleans’ most famous celebration. The stories and photos that flow throughout the book give readers a comprehensive look at how New Orleans’ Carnival celebration has evolved.

KATRINA Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital has received a lot of national attention, thanks to Fink’s interviews on “The Daily Show,” NPR and more, but the Hurricane Katrina book is worth the hype. The book recounts what happened at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. The book is incredibly well researched and provides extensive background about the hospital and the moral and ethical dilemmas the doctors faced during the time of crisis.

BOOKS  No matter how well you know New Orleans, all booklovers will learn something new in Susan Larson’s The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans: Second Edition. As a former book editor for The Times-Picayune, the host of “The Reading Life” radio interview show on WWNO and a board member for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, Larson is a true literary New Orleans expert. Her knowledge shows in her recent guide, which is full of places, shops and stories of interest to New Orleans bookworms, and also includes interesting facts, such as where John Dos Passos lived on Esplanade Avenue.

ROCK/BLUES New Orleans isn’t synonymous with rock music, but accomplished musicians such as Anders Osborne are examples that New Orleans has a lot of variety to offer in addition to jazz. With his latest album Peace, the Swedish native offers 11 tracks that showcase his famous guitar skills, those of which American Songwriter compared to the iconic Jimi Hendrix.