TJ FISHER CURRENT NONFICTION BOOK RELEASE
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Orléans Embrace with The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré
All publisher profits to French Quarter preservation
The Vieux Carré is the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. No French Quarter fan will want to miss having this exquisite, one-of-a-kind pictorial and narrative commemorative edition on the coffee table. Powerful. Haunting. Gorgeous. Emotional. Anyone who loves Louisiana will be touched and moved by this book. Celebrities and literati like Frances Ford Coppola, Nicolas Cage, Helen Mirren, Emeril Lagasse, Jimmy Buffett, Lenny Kravitz, Taylor Hackford, Patricia Clarkson, George Rodrigue, Harry Anderson, Andrei Codrescu, Tom Piazza, Joshua Clark, Leonard Earl Johnson, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society, The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Vieux Carré leaders and more endorse and love this book. Find out why. This is NOT an average large-format book. See 378 photos paired with a poignant read. This is a 5.3 lb hardcover 388-page significant book with a purpose. All publisher profits to French Quarter preservation. Step forward and help NOLA celebrate triumph over sorrow.
Three documentarists explore the public facade and private soul of the historic French Quarter of New Orleans; capturing life before and behind its walls, in photos and in words, as they journey deep into this lush, secretive Old World city tethered in hope and endurance, in history and culture, in romance and despair, in sorrow and celebration.
The Vieux Carré a muse memorable enough to bewitch and haunt us has long whispered a siren's song of quiet, epic, elegant, tragic and bawdy stories to those who will listen.
Seductive and surreal, the French Quarter, the heartbeat and soul of New Orleans, is the keeper of this great American city's rich history, passions, customs and culture. Here the complex atmosphere and undercurrent of a bygone age peeks through the dim eternal twilight.
Post-Katrina, the Vieux Carré remains a mesmeric land of interwoven dreams and shadowed legacies; the passing decades have created a haunting landscape that captures the substance and tradition of this city sodden in splendor and decay, in riches and corrosion, in memory and intrigue.
An awesome cultural flowering spread over three centuries is still evident in the French Quarter's proud architecture and gardens, influences and impulses, lifestyle and heritage.
No average coffee-table book, here is a bittersweet narrative and photographic story of the Vieux Carré and more. Paying tribute to an age-old city pummeled and storm-lashed, divided yet reunited and resolute in its darkest hours this compelling work embraces the spirit and shared vision that helps the people of New Orleans stare down, rise above and survive the passage of time and disaster.
A highly unusual offering in the marketplace, this original, unprecedented compilation is a crossover title that breaks boundaries and bypasses the norm.
A POETIC AND PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY
"Orléans Embrace is a passionate reflection in two parts by TJ Fisher ... a love letter to this seductive place with its distinctive history, character and architectural style. " REGAN MCMAHON,
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Fisher, who divides her time between South Florida and New Orleans, is suitably eccentric and outrageous to represent New Orleans. Fortunately, she is also knowledgeable about the city and a talented writer."
GREG LANGLEY, THE ADVOCATE
"Orléans Embrace celebrates what makes New Orleans' French Quarter unique and significant. Fisher addresses Hurricane Katrina but mostly writes about the history of the quarter and the spirit of those who live there ... Fisher tackles Katrina head-on ... lamenting damage to the city of 'magical thinking.' She declares, 'We can decide to buck cruel contretemps or lie down and surrender.'"
COLLEEN MONDOR, BOOKLIST
"A long, sentimental journey ... The bookend sections, written by TJ Fisher ... celebrate the spirit and love New Orleanians have for the city and their fortitude in trying to restore it to its pre-Katrina majesty."
"No medium alone, or paired with another, could possibly capture the elusive essence of the place author TJ Fisher calls 'a bewitching oasis of culture and civilization sculpted from a hostile swamp.'" GINNY SMITH,
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
"Dazzles with heart, soul and lush images ... an eloquent case for the restoration of New Orleans ... An amalgam of history, botany, design, and architecture, with a dollop of social commentary ... will mesmerize the reader ... subtle nuances at play between what is seen and what is only perceived in the soul. ... the City's essence calls the reader ... What succor for our collectively blighted reality to be given this gem ... snapshot in time. The enchanting prose of Fisher captures that elusive quality of New Orleans, indescribable yet immediately recognizable ... the author somehow manages to convey the magic and her words resonate after the book is closed." GEORGE NORTON, GRIS GRIS ROUGE
"Orléans Embrace with The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré focuses on the beauty the city has retained ... melancholic photos of balcony silhouettes and church steeples poking into the sky ... [Fisher] invokes Lafcadio Hearn's voice ... The close of the book urges readers to preserve New Orleans and to encourage the country to aid in its recovery. TJ Fisher dismisses the question 'Should New Orleans be rebuilt?' that residents of the city find so ridiculous. The entire book answers the question with a resounding 'yes.'"
LAURA HUNT, WHERE Y'AT MAGAZINE
"In the great tradition of Irish writers TJ Fisher gives us the soul of the Quarter and puts New Orleans in our arms before and after Katrina. New Orleans is so blessed." DANNY O'FLAHERTY, Celtic balladeer
"TJ Fisher succeeds admirably, in a style reminiscent of Lafcadio Hearn, in helping the reader to push aside those gossamer curtains and to peek inside the marvels of the Vieux Carré if only for a fleeting moment. On the other hand, there is a very modern edge to her writing. Because she was brave enough to bare her soul, her message and the raison d'etre are crystal clear." from one of the nation's leading librarians
"Resonating ... dedicated to the city and people of New Orleans." KARIE MELTZER,
NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE
"A majestic eyeful ... a book within a book ... A real treasure that is bound to become a family heirloom." AL CARUBA, BOOKVIEWS
"Amazing ...Orléans Embrace with The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré ... lushly produced inside look at the mysteries of the French Quarter through the eyes and lenses of local aristocrats TJ Fisher, Roy F. Guste, Jr. and Louis Sahuc ... cornucopia of stories, and their collaboration makes for a coffee table that can brew, not just hold, your coffee."
"The Independent Publishers Association (PMA) presented author TJ Fisher and Morgana Press the coveted Ben Franklin Award for Best New Voice in the nonfiction category, and The Bill Fisher Award for the Best First Book of nonfiction." THE AMERICAN REPORTER DAILY NEWSPAPER
The 'Orléans Embrace with The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré' in-book biography on author TJ Fisher is as follows, courtesy of Morgana Press:
TJ Fisher is the award-winning author of Orléans Embrace, the powerful narrative portion of Orléans Embrace with The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré. Fisher's memorable writing captures the heart and soul of New Orleans.
The 1st edition 388-page book is an unusually moving and poignant post- and pre-Katrina account, published by Morgana Press of New Orleans, a compilation title available nationally.
The hauntingly beautiful large-format tribute an extraordinary art house-style book that chronicles the complex past, present and future of the city’s unique and fabled history of culture, customs, architecture, gardens and people features a torrent of Fisher's lush and spirited words, richly complimented and paired with rare imagery by Louis Sahuc, acclaimed visual documentarist and master of romantic impressionist photography.
Taking readers on a resonate and deep Orléans Embrace journey of passion and emotion, Fisher's original voice grabs hold and ignites the senses; she provokes and stirs the emotions.
Fisher's post-Katrina Orléans Embrace took top honors at PMA's prestigious Benjamin Franklin Awards 2007 at the Park Central Hotel in NYC among some three hundred leading book industry figures. Her poignant narrative on the people, places, spirit and soul of New Orleans, past and present, bested books from around the world to wow a panel of national judges and grab the gold for New Orleans and Louisiana.
Orléans Embrace won the coveted Ben Franklin gold for "Best New Voice Nonfiction" ― the equivalent of a literary "Oscar."
The Morgana Press small-press title picked up some other large literary prizes, the Ben Franklin "Best First Book Nonfiction," a top-three finalist in three other Ben Franklin categories, won both Gold Medal and Bronze 2007 IPPY awards and was a finalist in the gift book category for the major Nautilus Book Award.
The one-of-a-kind book also highlights an exclusive section of original text and photography by Roy F. Guste, Jr. Guste, the noted author of the classic work The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré: the Historic French Quarter of New Orleans, is also a Creole culinary expert and former proprietor of Antoine's Restaurant.
"The Vieux Carré was my window to the tropics before there ever was a Margaritaville song or restaurant. It was the place for all us children of the coast, who were lucky enough to see the gardens, smell the gumbo and hear the music that spoke of a larger and more interesting world beyond the path of Highway 90. I have been lucky enough to see many views of many places that are called paradise, but my first view was a banana tree in a Vieux Carré garden. I can remember that view nearly 50 years later as if it were yesterday. In a world filled with many storms and much uncertainty, the Vieux Carré was, still is and will hopefully always be a shelter from the storms." — JIMMY BUFFETT
"What a visual palette. Wow! — This is truly the New Orleans I love." — EMERIL LAGASSE
"This lovely work is a touching journey; it takes us deep behind closed doors and locked gates into the ancient soul and stillness of the French Quarter." — LENNY KRAVITZ
"Few realize the visual excitement hidden behind French Quarter doors. Beyond the traffic and tourists, at the end of narrow brick paths, vines grow and fountains flow, uninterrupted for more than 150 years. These living masterpieces are a unique part of New Orleans and American culture." — GEORGE RODRIGUE, artist
"This magnificently realized work reminds us that the beauty of our great city lies not only in what the eyes capture, but in what the heart feels. New Orleans has a secret soul."— HARRY ANDERSON
"This stunning book reveals the beauty and romance of New Orleans and returns me to my childhood. It's a treasure and makes the perfect gift." — PATRICIA CLARKSON
"Living in the Vieux Carré trumps all other neighborhood experiences. The Quarter constantly astonishes, and this book reveals many of its delicious secrets."— TAYLOR HACKFORD & HELEN MIRREN
"An intimate look at the city Tennessee Williams called his spiritual home — the nooks and crannies of its heart and the beautiful intricacies of its endearing and enduring soul." — KARISSA KARY, Associate Director, The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
"This book captures the haunting beauty of these Edenic gardens like no other I have read about the Vieux Carré. I am glad that we have this book to remind us of their fragile beauty and to embolden us to do something about their eventual return." — JAMES H. MEREDITH, President, Ernest Hemingway Foundation
"Roy F. Guste, Jr., scion of an old Creole family, is among the initiated who know the lush tropical gardens of the French Quarter intimately from a lifetime of invitations for café au lait in the morning or tea laced with mint late afternoons or, perhaps a stronger aperitif after dark. With the familiarity of a lover, he brings to life the secret beauties of this neighborhood to those who have only glimpsed their voluptuous glory through the iron lace of garden gates. A must for those who treasure New Orleans."
"This is simply the best book that has been written about the enchanted gardens of the Vieux Carré."
"A compendium ... a passionate reflection ... each work is a love letter to this seductive place with its distinctive history, character and architectural style ... Even though the French Quarter was spared in the Katrina catastrophe, the surrounding devastation inspired a heightened desire to preserve its fragile beauty."
"Lavishly designed and sumptuously illustrated, Orleans Embrace celebrates what makes New Orleans' French Quarter unique and significant ... the history of the Quarter and the spirit of those who live there ... beautiful photographs and capsule backstories ... Unusual, gorgeous and intriguing." — COLLEEN MONDOR, BOOKLIST
"A long, sentimental journey through the beauty that is New Orleans' French Quarter, past and present ... a coffee table book that can keep you entertained for hours ... The bookend sections, written by TJ Fisher with photographs by Louis Sahuc Photo Works, celebrate the spirit and love New Orleanians have for the city and their fortitude in trying to restore it to its pre-Katrina majesty." — GAMBIT WEEKLY
"Orléans Embrace is a big coffee-table book filled with gorgeous color photographs of New Orleans ... The photographs in this book, many taken after the storm ... show just why the French Quarter is so special ... the French Quarter was and is a beautiful gem, full of colorful and eccentric people. It's certainly worth preserving. But so is the rest of New Orleans." — GREG LANGLEY, THE ADVOCATE
"Beautiful educational and photographic work of art." — ERIC PAULSEN, WWL-TV, host of The Morning Show
"Orléans Embrace with The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré focuses on thebeauty the city has retained ... melancholic photos of balcony silhouettes and church steeples poking into the sky ... the gardens serve as windows into the city's history ... New Orleans has recovered from vast destruction before. The close of the book urges readers to preserve New Orleans and to encourage the country to aid in its recovery. TJ Fisher dismisses the question 'Should New Orleans be rebuilt?' that residents of the city find so ridiculous. The entire book answers the question with a resounding yes." — LAURA HUNT, WHERE Y'AT MAGAZINE
"A majestic eyeful ... a book within a book." — AL CARUBA, BOOKVIEWS
"Dazzles with heart, soul and lush images ... an eloquent case for the restoration of New Orleans ... An amalgam of history, botany, design, and architecture, with a dollop of social commentary."
"All profits from the book will be donated to French Quarter preservation efforts." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Descriptions of each area and photographs that display the ways in which New Orleans is unique."
"A simply divine coffee-table book ... a must-read and a must-see book. The photography of historic buildings, courtyards and gardens are stunning. The photography of historic buildings, courtyards and gardens are stunning. Writers Guste and Fisher turn a fine hand of prose." — JON KEMP, THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
"Morgana Press of New Orleans has taken on a huge undertaking. And it's gorgeous ... narrative and pictorial homage to New Orleans, primarily the French Quarter ... stunning ... gorgeous exposé."
"M.S. Rau Antiques is proud to present Orléans Embrace with The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré ... fascinating and inspirational anthology ... touching narratives ... stunning images ... This book pays tribute to the marvelous history, beauty and resiliency that makes New Orleans one of our nation's great treasures."
"The beauty of French Quarter gardens ... An out-of-print book, 'The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré' by Roy F. Guste, Jr. is rediscovered and published as a companion to 'Orleans Embrace' by TJ Fisher ... featuring photos by Louis Sahuc ... It is an emotional and vivid homage to one of the most unique areas in the United States, and celebrates the city's triumphs over adversity."
"Sahuc's perceptive lens finds the subtle nuances at play between what is seen and what is only perceived in the soul. In color and black-and-white imagery, the City's essence calls the reader ... What succor for our collectively blighted reality to be given this gem ... Guste brings to the fore the Vieux Carré as a living and dynamic community through his words and photo essay ... His recollections on his youth and subsequent life in New Orleans provide a snapshot in time." — GEORGE NORTON, GRISGRIS ROUGE
"You won't be able to keep this gorgeous book under anyone's coffee mug. Orléans Embrace with The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré by TJ Fisher, Roy F. Guste, Jr. and Louis Sahuc is a resonating collection of photographs and prose that reveals the architectural and natural beauty of the French Quarter. The book, available now, is dedicated to the city and people of New Orleans."
"Obviously heartfelt ... dreamy architectural scenes ... To see the Quarter through his [Louis Sahuc's] eyes is to feel we know it, in all its light and shadow, richness and beauty ... Another felicitous reason to pick up this book is its inclusion of Guste's work, one of the very best of those personal looks at New Orleans, guided by affection and personal history." — SUSAN LARSON, THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
"Crescent City, past and present & blends text with beautiful French Quarter photos, often focusing on the tropical plants that give New Orleans its world-apart feel ... 'Saving New Orleans' ... why it's worthwhile."
"This book is an homage to the French Quarter ... It's a beautiful book in three parts, written with almost poetical prose and magnificent photographs that tells us what we have that we could lose." — AMAZON.COM
"Colorful history of New Orleans through the aftermath of Katrina ... fabulous photography ... three books, each alone a treasure." — ACADIANA LIFESTYLE
"Authors offer a hug for stressed-out city ... emotionally reassuring ... paying pictoral and written homage ... heartfelt love of home ... Orléans Embrace is a mix of emotions, by turns contemplative, melancholy, joyful, hopeful ... solace for the disaster just past and hope for the future ... will and passion of the city's people."
"Triumph over sorrow ... book chronicles life in French Quarter ... history and untold stories."
"Among perhaps sixty published books that I've been involved with as editor ... this is perhaps my favorite so far, and for good cause." — RON KENNER, editor and former The Los Angeles Times Metro staff
"The long-awaited reissue of Roy F. Guste Jr.'s The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré: The Historic French Quarter of New Orleans is out in a collector's edition which contains the lagniappe of some very special bookends, Orléans Embrace, a passionate reflection on the French Quarter in two parts by TJ Fisher."
"I'd rather have Morgana Press' Orléans Embrace, by TJ Fisher, Roy F. Guste, Jr., and Louis Sahuc Photo Works, than half-a-dozen other books published on the subject. What the eye can see the heart can remember. Be a New Orleanian wherever you are, sugar. This volume will help you do the trick. 'Yours Truly in a Swamp.'"
"Orléans Embrace is the perfect coffee table centerpiece." — STEVE O'KEEFE, AUTHORVIEWS