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The Good Pirates of the Forgotten Bayous: Fighting to Save a Way of Life in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I read a review of this book and recognized the author's name as someone who wrote for my hometown newspaper when I was growing up. The town is Houma,Louisiana. I left there 28 years ago for a home in the Midwest. I watched with horror and sadness as the aftermath of Katrina unfolded. Knowing the area, I knew that if New Orleans had been devastated, so had the lower parishes. But this area got little media attention. It takes it a special writer to bring the story of these people and their love of the bayous to life. This book is such a wonderful representation of the people who live and love South Louisiana. The question that was asked most of me by the people who inquired about my family after Katrina was "Why didn't they leave?" To an outsider it's a hard thing to understand, but Mr. Wells helps to unravel this mystery through this narrative. I really could not put the book down and would recommend it to anyone. The book isn't just about surviving a storm and rebuilding, but brings to the forefront the problem of the death of the wetlands and how important this truly is, not only to the residents of these parishes, but to our country as a whole.
Ken Wells has written a factual page turner. I could hardly put the book down. I've read several first hand report books about Katrina, and this book is right up there with the best of them. It is chock full of human experiences,and once again, readers are made aware of the mess that has been made of the Louisiana bayous at the expense of local residents. It really is an outstanding read!!!