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The Katrina Papers: A Journal of Trauma and Recovery
by Jerry W. Ward

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    List Price: $18.95
    Format: Paperback, 196 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780972814331
    Imprint: University of New Orleans Press
    Publisher: University of New Orleans Press
    Parent Company: University of New Orleans
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    Book Description:
    The Katrina Papers is not your average memoir. It is a fusion of many kinds of writing, including intellectual autobiography, personal narrative, political/cultural analysis, spiritual journal, literary history, and poetry. Though it is the record of one man’s experience of Hurricane Katrina, it is a record that is fully a part of his life and work as a scholar, political activist, and professor. The Katrina Papers provides space not only for the traumatic events but also for ruminations on authors such as Richard Wright and theorists like Deleuze and Guattarri. The result is a complex though thoroughly accessible book. The struggle with form? the search for a medium proper to the complex social, personal, and political ramifications of an event unprecedented in this scholar’s life and in American social history? lies at the very heart of The Katrina Papers. The book depicts an enigmatic and multi-stranded world view which takes the local as its nexus for understanding the global. It resists the temptation to simplify or clarify when simplification and clarification are not possible. Ward’s narrative is, at times, very direct, but he always refuses to simplify the complex emotional and spiritual volatility of the process and the historical moment that he is witnessing. The end result is an honesty that is both pedagogical and inspiring. ?Hank Lazer

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