JAZZ Harry Connick Jr., one of New Orleans’ most famous natives, released album No. 30 earlier this summer with Every Man Should Know. Some of the 12 original tracks stick with the smooth jazz style the three-time Grammy Award winner is famous for, while others are a variation on Connick’s signature sound. Local fans will appreciate that some of his famous New Orleanian friends, including Branford and Wynton Marsalis, helped out on the album.
COOKBOOK Southern football tailgaters are famous for their elaborate setups at football games, and some of those traditions – specifically those involving food – are highlighted in The Southern Tailgating Cookbook. The book by Taylor Mathis, a North Carolina-based photographer and football fan, is full of recipes for cocktails, snacks, entrées and more. It also features tips for being a better tailgater, such as what to wear and how to put together “a comfortable party environment.”
MEMOIR As a renowned land use expert, author and financial adviser, Peter M. Wolf has a long list of accomplishments in a lot of different places, but he has always considered New Orleans his home. In his memoir, My New Orleans, Gone Away, Wolf chronicles his life starting with his childhood days in Metairie and later explaining what it was like to come back to New Orleans soon after Hurricane Katrina.
CHILDREN Louisiana-based environmental educator Amy Griffin Ouchley helps kids learn about habitats and ecosystems in her book Swamper: Letters from a Louisiana Swamp Rabbit. The book follows Swamper, a rabbit who shares stores from his hollow log in a Louisiana swamp, through letters to the reader. The book offers questions and activities to help kids understand the key concepts, such as ecosystems and food chains.