REVIEWED BY MICHELLE GREEN
Why did New Orleans' poorest return to the Ninth Ward after they finally were evacuated post-Katrina? "Always been f---ed up here, man, but it's home," Anthony Wells tells author Baum. In a brilliantly reported story focusing on Wells and eight others, Baum depicts a perversely seductive city whose underside was exposed by the storm. Compassionate and clear-eyed, Nine Lives brings you into the heart of an American tragedy.