Sunday, September 11, 2011

Devil Sent the Rain...Review & Giveaway!

There is a new release from the award winning author, Tom Piazza....Devil Sent the Rain.  Here is the scoop... 

Tom Piazza’s sharp intelligence, insight, and passion fuel this new collection of writings on music, literature, New Orleans, and America itself in desperate times. 

For his first book since his award-winning novel City of Refuge and his stunning and influential post-Katrina polemic Why New Orleans Matters, Piazza selects the best of his writings on American roots music and musicians, including his Grammy-winning album notes for Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues; his classic profile of bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin; essays on Jimmie Rodgers, Charley Patton, and Bob Dylan; and much more. 

In the book’s second section, Piazza turns his attention to literature, politics, and post-Katrina America in articles and essays on subjects ranging from Charlie Chan movies to the life and work of Norman Mailer, from the New Orleans housing crisis to the BP oil spill, from Jelly Roll Morton’s Library of Congress recordings to the future of books. The third and final section delivers a startlingly original meditation on fiction, sentimentality, and cynicism—a major new essay from this brilliant, unpredictable, and absolutely necessary writer. 



My mother in law, the Queen Bee couldn't wait to dive into this one and this is what she had to say...

essay: a short piece of writing on a particular subject
Tom Piazza is an essayist, author of novels and  a TV writer. He lives in New Orleans and has a lot of insight into the still unsettled lives of the people who live there. He also is "in-tune" with the music industry, particularly the blues musicians. These two topics are included in the essays of his new book Devil Sent the Rain.
One essay stands out for me. He tells of living in New Orleans after the hurricane and spending four years rebuilding his home. He comes home one day to find that he has been robbed. Of course, he would like to catch the person who did it, but he says that they probably have a wretched life already. He then tells us that a worse fate for hundreds of families in the city is that in an effort to rebuild a bigger & better hospital , the city will "take" a hundred rebuilt homes and demolish them. A different kind of robbery.
I was very interested to read one essay about his meeting Norman Mailer and developing a friendship that lasted until Mailer died. Another good essay was about Bob Dylan's transition from folk songwriter/singer to rock'n'roller.
Many good essays in this book, worth the read.

Sounds like a great read to me!  Pick up your copy today on Amazon...
I am so excited to tell you that my friends at Harper Perennial are giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of Devil Sent the Rain! Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter...


20 comments:

Hifam said...

I love that it's short essays about real people. It sounds really good.

Patty White said...

I am interested in the connections of recent events, art, and music.
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I love the cover!!!!

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katklaw777 said...

Sometimes I am just in the mood for a short essay rather than a long novel, thanks.

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Jessica Peeling said...

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Mercedes said...

I love nonfiction! I love to read it and love to write it. Piazzo also puts out amazing stuff. I'm a fan.

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~Mandy~ said...

Something new compared to what I normally read. Time to change things up a little bit.

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Cassie said...

I love the essay novels of David Sedaris, but this book seems to have a more serious tone. I'd like to see if I enjoy it as much!

Cassie
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