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We know what you’re thinking: “The ‘Duck Dynasty’ family made a Christmas album?” But Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas is better than you think. The album features the voices of the famous Robertson family, but also boasts collaborations with country stars including Luke Bryan and George Strait. There are lots of songs you’ll recognize, such as “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger,” but there are a few new ones, including “Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas,” which Willie Robertson helped write.

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Wynton Marsalis melds gospel and jazz with his latest album, The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis. The album combines a mix of fast and slow sounds that, according to the album’s liner notes, is “a repetition which represents the New Orleans funeral function – sorrowful but ultimately uplifting.” The album came out in October 2013, the same month Marsalis conducted his “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration” tour, which took him to theaters and churches around the country.

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As the son of New Orleans icon Anne Rice, you might think Christopher Rice might be intimidated by high expectations. But at age 35, the Los Angeles-based writer is already a New York Times bestselling author and his latest novel, The Heavens Rise, is creating lots of buzz. The book is set in New Orleans – where Rice grew up – and tells the spooky tale of what happens after the Delongpre family discovers a well on their land.

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If you’ve been a longtime reader of New Orleans Magazine, you’ll recognize the name of columnist Carolyn Kolb. Her latest book, New Orleans Memories: One Writer’s City, updates and expands upon previous columns that have been featured in the magazine. Her stories cover memories that many native New Orleanians will share, such as Hubig’s Pies and living on Prytania Street.

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