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Title: "Not Meant to Live Like This" Book Signing
START DATE: 8/29/2012
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: 7th Ward
Location Details:
Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Road, LA 70119
Event Topic: Poverty and Katrina
Event Type: Book Signing and Discussion
Contact Name: ATD Nola
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 504-899-9950
“Not Meant To Live: Weathering the Storm of Our Lives in New Orleans” is a unique collection of 50 co-authors’ first-hand accounts about living in poverty, before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. The book covers themes of education, violence, health care, criminal justice, discrimination, Hurricane Katrina, and human rights. The book also highlights the vibrant, but often neglected, history, culture, and communities of New Orleans’ poorer districts.

In his foreword, William Julius Wilson, Professor of Sociology at Harvard University writes: “I strongly suggest that concerned citizens read “Not Meant to Live Like This”.” Author Jonathon Kozol describes it a “powerful book—and one of the only books about Katrina told in the voices of its victims.” Professor Bill Quigley of Loyola University, New Orleans, states “these are the struggles and joys of life among those left behind when Katrina hit. Don’t miss this book”. Chester Hartman, Director of Research, Poverty & Race Research Action Council suggests that “reliance on the direct reporting of those living in poverty gives the book a credibility and comprehensiveness that academic studies often lack.”

“Not Meant to Live Like This” has been designed to act as a launch pad for continuing discussions, workshops and community organizing events. Following several signings in New Orleans, the book tour is travelling throughout the South where families were displaced.

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