After my first trip to New Orleans in spring 2008, I picked up this anthology to extend the experience. I'd started to read several other collections based in New Orleans, and this is the only one that held my interest. The authors are all emotionally invested in New Orleans-that-was and what the future holds for their beloved city, and the stories capture jazz funerals, local food tradtions, and many other details that make the city unique. I'd recommend this lovely little hardback to anyone traveling to the Gulf Coast. I'm curious to see what else Chin Music Press will produce - they did a fine job with this little gem of a hardcover.