There But for the Grace of God

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Thirty-five inches of rain in four days.  That’s how much rain has fallen in Louisiana in this last “episode.”  The ground is saturated, and the rivers are cresting many feet higher than has ever been recorded.  The Amite River in Denham Springs hit 4.7 feet above its previous record set in 1983 on Sunday morning.  [….]

LitStack Review: The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

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The Gates of Evangeline Hester Young G. P. Putnam’s Sons Release Date:  September 1, 2015 ISBN 978-0-399174-001 It’s a compelling story. A woman is haunted by the sudden death of her young son.  That it was from “natural causes” does not assuage mother’s grief, ease the sudden emptiness, blunt the pervasiveness of memories.  She tries [….]

Out of the Shadow of Leprosy: The Carville Letters and Stories of the Landry Family

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Out of the Shadow of Leprosy: The Carville Letters and Stories of the Landry Family Claire Manes University Press of Mississippi ISBN: 978-161703-776-4 Few people these days give much thought to leprosy. True, it’s a rare disease – only 150-250 documented new cases in the U.S. each year. It’s very difficult to contract Hanson’s Disease [….]