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Cres­cent City Snow Where con­trib­u­tor Megan Braden-Perry scoured more than 50 ven­dors around the city to com­pile “The Ul­ti­mate Guide to New Or­leans Snowball Stands.” From clas­sics, such as Hansen’s Sno-Blitz and SnoWizard (or­der the Melipone Mex­i­can vanilla) to off­beat lo­cales like L&G Snow­balls & Oys­ters, this way-cool hand­book is a sum­mer es­sen­tial. (UL Press) Five Lines, No Wait­ing Jazz pi­anist and com­poser Tom McDer­mott penned th­ese “per­sonal nurs­ery rhymes” that touch on ev­ery­thing from sports and ham­sters to ag­ing and alien­ation, and drew their ac­com­pa­ny­ing il­lus­tra­tions. At once witty and poignant, McDer­mott’s quick-hit lim­er­icks make the per­fect beach read. (Sag­ging Menis­cus Press) Flight Risk: Mem­oirs of a New Or­leans Bad Boy This com­pi­la­tion of es­says by fifth-gen­er­a­tion New Or­lea­nian James Nolan re­traces his life jour­ney—from es­cap­ing a men­tal hos­pi­tal at age 19 to prison in Gu­atemala, teach­ing in China, “free love” San Fran­cisco and be­yond—back to the French Quar­ter, where he re­sides to­day. Along the way the award­win­ning author ex­am­ines race, gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, gumbo and more. (Univer­sity Press of Mis­sis­sippi) Snip­pets of New Or­leans Cov­ing­ton, La., na­tive Emma Fick spent a year in Bu­dapest chron­i­cling the coun­try in her sig­na­ture sketch­book style then re­turned home to capture Cres­cent City cul­ture. And capture it she does in 248 pages and all of its col­or­ful, quirky glory. Off-kil­ter ar­chi­tec­ture, voodoo queens, cos­tume clos­ets, road­side shrimp stands, “the 7 peo­ple you see at Mardi Gras”; Fick’s il­lus­trated travel jour­nal per­fectly frames the Big Easy big pic­ture. (UL Press)

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