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Humanities Books for the Holidays


Looking for the perfect book for a friend or family member who loves Louisiana? Here’s the list of LEH Humanities Book of the Year awardees since 1998. You cannot go wrong with any–or all–of these!

LEH Humanities Books of Year 1998-2014


  • Rising Tide by John Barry


  • Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana edited by Carl Lindhal, Maida Owens, C. Renee Harvison
  • Louisiana Sojourns: Travelers’ Tales and Literary Journeys, edited by Frank de Caro, Rosan Jordan


  • Fortune and Misery: Sallie Rhett Roman of New Orleans: A Biographical Portrait and Selected Fiction (1891-1920) by Nancy Dixon
  • Zydeco! Photographs by Rick Olivier and text by Ben Sandmel


  • Marie Adrien Persac, Louisiana Artist, contributors: H. Parrott Bacot,


  • Audubon’s Watch by John Gregory Brown


  • Historic Buildings of the French Quarter by Lloyd Vogt
  • Plantations by the River by Marcel Boyer and Jay Edwards


  • Buildings of Louisiana by Karen Kingsley
  • Charting Louisiana: 500 Years of Maps by Alfred E. Lemmon, John T. Magill and Jason Wiese


  • One Big Self, Prisoners of Louisiana by Deborah Luster


  • Missing New Orleans by Phillip Collier, Rick Gruber, Mary Beth Romig, and Jim Rapier
  • Why New Orleans Matters by Tom Piazza


  • The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Douglas Brinkley
  • Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City by Jed Horne
  • Geographies of New Orleans: Urban Fabrics Before the Storm by Richard Campanella


  • One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life–A Story of Race and Family Secrets by Bliss Broyard


  • The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square by Ned Sublette


  • Bienville’s Dilemma by Richard Campanella


  • Dictionary of Louisiana French: As Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities edited by Albert Valdman and Kevin Rottet with Barry Jean Ancelet, Amanda Lafleur, Richard Guidry, Michael Picone, Tom Klingler, Tamara Lindner, and Dominique Ryon


  • Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans by Freddi Williams Evans


  • The Accidental City by Lawrence Powell
  • Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans by Ben Sandmel


  • A Company Man: The Remarkable French-Atlantic Voyage of a Clerk for the Company of the Indies by Marc-Antoine Caillot, edited by Erin Greenwald
  • Livestock Brands & Marks: An Unexpected Bayou Country History: 1822-1946 Pioneer Families
    Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana by Christopher E. Cenac, Sr.