New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover
By Constance Adler
(Michigan State University Press, Paperback, 9781611860320, 251pp.)
Publication Date: February 2012
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A vividly described and intensely personal memoir, "My Bayou "charts a personal and spiritual transformation along the fabled banks of Bayou Saint John in New Orleans. When Constance Adler moves to New Orleans, she begins what becomes a lasting love affair with the city, and especially the bayoua living entity and the beating heart of local culture. Rites of passage, celebrations, mysterious accidents, and magic all take place on its banks, leading Adler to a vibrant awareness of the power of being part of a community. That faith is tested in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and is ultimately proven right, as Bayou Saint John begins to rebuild.