Book details of 'Reclamation: Memories from a New Orleans Girlhood'
|Title||Reclamation: Memories from a New Orleans Girlhood|
|Author(s)||Eva Augustin Rumpf|
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Memories from a New Orleans Girlhood is set in the 1940s and 50's in America's most unique city. In dramatic scenes, the author re-creates World War II blackouts, Mardi Gras celebrations, segregation, polio and whooping
cough epidemics, and hurricanes. She evokes a lost age of drug store soda founta
ins, sidewalk games, street vendors, tepee motels, radio dramas, cod liver oil,
party lines, and double features at the movies. The author's moving accounts
of her childhood show her struggle for identity and freedom in her large family
and why she felt compelled to leave New Orleans. It was only after the floods of
Hurricane Katrina wiped out much of the city that she realized how much had bee
n lost, and she sought to reclaim her personal past.