An End-of-Summer Reading List
Summer produce may be on the wane, but local retail shelves are groaning with a fresh crop of New Orleans-themed books. Southern Decadence in New Orleans (LSU Press) explores four decades of “gay Mardi Gras” through rare photos and ephemera, along with personal accounts from those who have done and seen it all. Catch coauthors Howard Philips Smith and Frank Perez Aug. 28 at the 1850 House (523 St. Ann St.), where they’ll be signing copies. Walking Raddy (University Press of Mississippi) spotlights the history and recent resurgence of the Baby Dolls marching group, while the city’s second-line parade culture is chronicled in the photo-heavy Freedom’s Dance (LSU Press).