It's an old New Orleans custom by Laura Robinson
New York : Bonanza Books, . Reprinted. Hardcover. 322 pages ; 21 cm. Very good + copy, with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
It's an Old New Orleans Custom
by Luia Robinson
"Manages not to overlap ... the other books on New Orleans.... Full of human interest bits, anecdotes, slices of history and biography." VIRGINIA KIRKUS
"To all men whose desire only is to be rich and to live a short life but a merry one, I have no hesitation in recommending New Orleans." This advice from a visitor was written many years ago, and it is reinforced in this new book by New Orleans-born Lura Robinson. It used to be said that good Americans go to Paris when they die, but Miss Robinson makes us feel the old adage is wrong, and that good Americans go to the Crescent City.
In some of the fascinating chapters, you will find that It's an Old New Orleans Custom:
To Change Flags Often
To Hear Music in the Air
To Care Less for Money
To Shelter the Fairest Flowers
To Flirt with Lady Luck
To Abound in Water
To Build and Bury Above Ground
To Store Heavenly Treasures
To Sin a Little
To Excel in Southern Hospitality To Concoct Fine Foods To Live Elegantly To Engage in Duels To Enjoy a Procession
This is the latest volume in the American Customs Series which already includes It's an Old New England Custom, It's an Old Pennsylvania Custom, It's an Old California Custom.
With contemporary illustrations
No one will ever be able to level at Lura Robinson the taunt, quoted in this book: "that Yankee upstart from Memphis." For Miss Robinson was born in New Orleans and lived there until a few years ago. In fact, she resided for some time in the Pontalba build-ings, built by the Baroness de Pontalba in 1849 and said to be the oldest apartment houses in the United States.
Miss Robinson says of herself:
"I enjoy watching lizards and eating crawfish bisque. No matter what the pressure of time, I will stop to view a procession—even in New York. I not only enjoy but actually believe in the spirit of Mardi Gras. But most of all, I guess, I love the old city and the people who live under its spell."
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