Picks and Pans Review: Nine Lives

updated 02/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Dan Baum |

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REVIEWED BY MICHELLE GREEN

NON-FICTION
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.

 

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