The Wind in the Reeds

A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken
Original Publish Date: Sep 08, 2015
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.48 hours)
Product Number: Z100093155
Released: Sep 08, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781101926437
Narrator/s: Wendell Pierce
Publisher: Books on Tape
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2016 Christopher Award Winner From acclaimed actor and producer Wendell Pierce, an insightful and poignant portrait of family, New Orleans and the transforming power of art. On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into New Orleans, devastating many of the city's neighborhoods, including Pontchartrain Park, the home of Wendell Pierce's family and the first African American middle-class subdivision in New Orleans. The hurricane breached many of the city's levees, and the resulting flooding submerged Pontchartrain Park under as much as 20 feet of water. Katrina left New Orleans later that day, but for the next three days the water kept relentlessly gushing into the city, plunging eighty percent of New Orleans under water. Nearly 1,500 people were killed. Half the houses in the city had four feet of water in them-or more. There was no electricity or clean water in the city; looting and the breakdown of civil order soon followed. Tens of thousands of New Orleanians were stranded in the city, with no way out; many more evacuees were displaced, with no way back in. Pierce and his family were some of the lucky ones: They survived and were able to ride out the storm at a relative's house 70 miles away. When they were finally allowed to return, they found their family home in tatters, their neighborhood decimated. Heartbroken but resilient, Pierce vowed to help rebuild, and not just his family's home, but all of Pontchartrain Park. In this powerful and redemptive narrative, Pierce brings together the stories of his family, his city, and his history, why they are all worth saving and the critical importance art played in reuniting and revitalizing this unique American city.

All formats/editions

Product Number EB00593788
Released: Sep 08, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: #9780698165700

Professional reviews

"Wendell Pierce was in New Orleans visiting his parents as Hurricane Katrina bore down on the city. He stayed to help them recover their lives and to star in the TV show "Treme." Thus, his account of the staging of WAITING FOR GODOT in the Lower Ninth Ward and his work after the flooding becomes a small part of a larger, more personal story. His description of his parents' return to their Pontchartrain Park home, made toxic by Katrina, resonates deeply with his expression of their feelings. There's a hint of stage performance in his reading, a sense that it was meant to be read aloud. It succeeds by putting the Pierces' family bond at the center of the story of a city rebuilding. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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