Louisiana Book Recommendations

Books to occupy your time by local Louisiana authors
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We’ve already written a roundup of book suggestions by our Renaissance Publishing staff – which you can read here – to help you pass the time while we are all social distancing and staying at home. And like that article states, nothing helps pass the time like a good book.

Because of our diverse group of publications, Renaissance Publishing often offers book suggestions in our different magazines. New Orleans Magazine editor and writer Ashley McLellan typically offers Louisiana Life readers a roundup of her own in each issue of the magazine.

This article is a list of recent recommendations from Louisiana Life Magazine from Louisiana authors for you to add to your pandemic book collection.



Looking for something to watch instead? Check out our staff picks for TV and movies. More of a listener? We have staff recs for podcasts, too.

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My Lovely Wife

By Samantha Downing

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…


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Who Slays the Wicked

By C.S. Harris

The death of a fiendish nobleman strikes close to home as Sebastian St. Cyr is tasked with finding the killer to save his young cousin from persecution in this riveting new historical mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of “Why Kill the Innocent.”


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Gumbo Life, Tales from the Roux Bayou

By Ken Wells

A sprightly, deeply personal narrative about how gumbo—for 250 years a Cajun and Creole secret—has become one of the world’s most beloved dishes.


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The Yellow House: A Memoir

By Sarah M. Broom

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.


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Stone Motel: Memoirs of a Cajun Boy

By Morris Ardoin

In the summers of the early 1970s, Morris Ardoin and his siblings helped run their family’s roadside motel in a hot, buggy, bayou town in Cajun Louisiana.


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Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou

By Melissa Martin

For anyone who loves Cajun food or is interested in American cooking or wants to discover a distinct and engaging new female voice comes Mosquito Supper Club.


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Lost Boy Found

By Kirsten Alexander

In 1913, on a summer’s day at Half Moon Lake, Louisiana, four-year-old Sonny Davenport walks into the woods and never returns.


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We Cast a Shadow

By Maurice Carlos Ruffin

“You can be beautiful, even more beautiful than before.” This is the seductive promise of Dr. Nzinga’s clinic, where anyone can get their lips thinned, their skin bleached, and their nose narrowed. A complete demelanization will liberate you from the confines of being born in a black body—if you can afford it.


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Interview with a Vampire

By Ann Rice

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.


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A Confederacy of Dunces

By John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures” (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).


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A Streetcar Named Desire

By Tennessee Williams

The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.


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The Moviegoer

By Walker Percy

Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker, fills his days with movies and casual sex. His life offers him nothing worth retaining; what he treasures are scenes from The Third Man or Stagecoach, not the personal experiences he knows other people hold dear. On the cusp of turning thirty, however, something changes: At Mardi Gras, he embarks on a quest for some form of authentic experience. The consequences of Binx’s quest, on both himself and his unstable cousin Kate, prove outrageous, absurd, moving, and indelible.


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