Jazz bio: Local jazz fans will enjoy Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughn by Elaine M. Hayes. Legendary singer Sarah Vaughn’s story not only encompasses her rise to fame as a performer, but also her fight for equal rights as a woman of color during a time when the radio waves were not accepting across the dial. Although Vaughn was not from New Orleans, she performed here, bringing her voice to such places as Rosy’s jazz club, which recently inspired an acclaimed live album recording. Vaughn’s story, deftly told by Elaine Hayes, is a true American success story and an inspiring summertime read.
New Orleans sketches: Covington native Emma Fick sees the world, and New Orleans, in “Snippets,” colorfully sketched moments in time that capture the true flavor of the city. Fick explores neighborhoods, restaurants, New Orleans notables, and food (check out her cross section of what makes a true poor boy sandwich) with a unique view: she combines the overjoyed wonder of a tourist, with the in-depth knowledge of a well seasoned local, for a guidebook both will enjoy; Snippets of New Orleans would make for a great gift for out of town visitors and NOLA friends alike.
Summer treat: Crescent City Snow by Megan Braden-Perry is exactly what it claims to be: “The Ultimate Guide to New Orleans Snowball Stands” (emphasis on the word “ultimate.”) The book opens with a map, guiding the reader to the coolest treats from Metry to Kenner-brah, Uptown to Gentilly. Snowball stands are listed alphabetically with essential details, such as location, seating and line-queuing information, and whether or not they provide other necessary summertime snacks, including nachos and hot dogs. Braden-Perry also provides important woman-on-the-street coverage of locals’ favorite flavors. Our favorite? Café au Lait or Wedding Cake at Hansen’s Sno-Bliz.
By Ashley McLellan. Please send submissions for consideration, attention: Ashley McLellan 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005.