SE­CRET NEW OR­LEANS

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Chris Cham­pagne, Jon­glez Pub­lish­ing (SEPTEM­BER) Soft­cover $19.95 (256pp), 978-2-36195168-9

Oh, the world is an in­ter­est­ing place—so much to see, to learn about, to take plea­sure in. But, con­sider for a mo­ment how a place earns its status as a tourist des­ti­na­tion. Why did ABC his­toric vil­lage get listed in the travel books and DEF state park get over­looked? Is it left to the whims of a travel guide au­thor to de­cide what to in­clude? If so, who made that par­tic­u­lar pen­pusher the pope of pop­u­lar­ity?

In Se­cret New Or­leans the for­mula is straight­for­ward and clever: hire an ec­cen­tric lo­cal and set him loose to write about the hid­den, quirky, uniquely New Or­leans-es­que haunts of his beloved city. The largest wind chime sculp­ture in the world, for ex­am­ple, or the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame on a horse track founded in 1852, in­clud­ing gravesites for no­table horses.

Such is the na­ture of this book, dozens of times over—grin-wor­thy rea­sons to get off that French Quar­ter barstool and wan­der about. Also, look for the re­cently re­leased Se­cret Brook­lyn, Se­cret Lon­don, Se­cret Paris, and Se­cret Cape Town, in ad­di­tion to the many other cities and lo­cales in this win­ning se­ries.

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