Item description for The Combination (The Neighborhood Story Project) by Ashley Nelson...
In The Combination, Ashley Nelson paints a beautiful, nuanced portrait of life in one of downtown New Orleans's oldest public housing complexes, the Lafitte. Nelson, who grew up in the project, begins with her own family, merging their often painful history, including her parents' drug use and her mother's death from cancer, through the daily life of the community. A brilliant, lyrical observer, Nelson's interviews let the reader hear from voices rarely engaged: a woman who collects cans for a living, the owner of the corner store, neighborhood drug dealers, the project's Residential Council, and other members of the community more often profiled in grim statistics than actually listened to. She writes about and photographs much of Lafitte and the Sixth Ward, from second lines to ward signs, from the Wild Side to the Real Side, from Dooky Chase to Southern Scrap, stories and images now weighted with an almost unbearable poignancy.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 7.95" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 18, 2005
Publisher Soft Skull Press/Red Rattle Books
ISBN 1933368284 ISBN13 9781933368283