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Peter Wolfe - Lecture and Signing

posted Apr 8, 2015, 11:25 AM by Jeremy Burke

Peter M. Wolf will be speaking and signing his book, My New Orleans, Gone Away: A Memoir of Loss and Renewal, on Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at the Bay St Louis Library. 

Peter M. Wolf, now in his late 70s, is a widely respected architectural historian and authority on urban affairs. In My New Orleans, Gone Away: A Memoir of Loss and Renewal, Wolf presents a nostalgic look at life in pre-Civil Rights New Orleans, as a member of one of the city's oldest Jewish families. He recreates the sights, sounds, tastes, and simultaneously provides an insider's look at this fabled city, so damaged and changing in the wake of Katrina.

Written with humor and detail, the book offers direct and memorable insight into a lost period of New Orleans's and America's evolution and turbulence.

Wolf recalls his idyllic southern childhood, the emotional remoteness of his nighttime-loving parents. He turns to his neighborhood and school buddies, to the embracing warmth of an African American housekeeper, and his weekends with grandparents in Pass Christian.