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The Wind in the Reeds - A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken-logo

The Wind in the Reeds - A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken

Wendell Pierce

2016 Christopher Award Winner From acclaimed actor and producer Wendell Pierce, an insightful and poignant portrait of family, New Orleans and the transforming power of art. On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into New Orleans, devastating many of the city's neighborhoods, including Pontchartrain Park, the home of Wendell Pierce's family and the first African American middle-class subdivision in New Orleans. The hurricane breached many of the city's levees, and the resulting flooding submerged Pontchartrain Park under as much as 20 feet of water. Katrina left New Orleans later that day, but for the next three days the water kept relentlessly gushing into the city, plunging eighty percent of New Orleans under water. Nearly 1,500 people were killed. Half the houses in the city had four feet of water in them-or more. There was no electricity or clean water in the city; looting and the breakdown of civil order soon followed. Tens of thousands of New Orleanians were stranded in the city, with no way out; many more evacuees were displaced, with no way back in. Pierce and his family were some of the lucky ones: They survived and were able to ride out the storm at a relative's house 70 miles away. When they were finally allowed to return, they found their family home in tatters, their neighborhood decimated. Heartbroken but resilient, Pierce vowed to help rebuild, and not just his family's home, but all of Pontchartrain Park. In this powerful and redemptive narrative, Pierce brings together the stories of his family, his city, and his history, why they are all worth saving and the critical importance art played in reuniting and revitalizing this unique American city. From the Hardcover edition.

2016 Christopher Award Winner From acclaimed actor and producer Wendell Pierce, an insightful and poignant portrait of family, New Orleans and the transforming power of art. On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into New Orleans, devastating many of the city's neighborhoods, including Pontchartrain Park, the home of Wendell Pierce's family and the first African American middle-class subdivision in New Orleans. The hurricane breached many of the city's levees, and the resulting flooding submerged Pontchartrain Park under as much as 20 feet of water. Katrina left New Orleans later that day, but for the next three days the water kept relentlessly gushing into the city, plunging eighty percent of New Orleans under water. Nearly 1,500 people were killed. Half the houses in the city had four feet of water in them-or more. There was no electricity or clean water in the city; looting and the breakdown of civil order soon followed. Tens of thousands of New Orleanians were stranded in the city, with no way out; many more evacuees were displaced, with no way back in. Pierce and his family were some of the lucky ones: They survived and were able to ride out the storm at a relative's house 70 miles away. When they were finally allowed to return, they found their family home in tatters, their neighborhood decimated. Heartbroken but resilient, Pierce vowed to help rebuild, and not just his family's home, but all of Pontchartrain Park. In this powerful and redemptive narrative, Pierce brings together the stories of his family, his city, and his history, why they are all worth saving and the critical importance art played in reuniting and revitalizing this unique American city. From the Hardcover edition.
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2016 Christopher Award Winner From acclaimed actor and producer Wendell Pierce, an insightful and poignant portrait of family, New Orleans and the transforming power of art. On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina barreled into New Orleans, devastating many of the city's neighborhoods, including Pontchartrain Park, the home of Wendell Pierce's family and the first African American middle-class subdivision in New Orleans. The hurricane breached many of the city's levees, and the resulting flooding submerged Pontchartrain Park under as much as 20 feet of water. Katrina left New Orleans later that day, but for the next three days the water kept relentlessly gushing into the city, plunging eighty percent of New Orleans under water. Nearly 1,500 people were killed. Half the houses in the city had four feet of water in them-or more. There was no electricity or clean water in the city; looting and the breakdown of civil order soon followed. Tens of thousands of New Orleanians were stranded in the city, with no way out; many more evacuees were displaced, with no way back in. Pierce and his family were some of the lucky ones: They survived and were able to ride out the storm at a relative's house 70 miles away. When they were finally allowed to return, they found their family home in tatters, their neighborhood decimated. Heartbroken but resilient, Pierce vowed to help rebuild, and not just his family's home, but all of Pontchartrain Park. In this powerful and redemptive narrative, Pierce brings together the stories of his family, his city, and his history, why they are all worth saving and the critical importance art played in reuniting and revitalizing this unique American city. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rod Dreher

Length:

11h 30m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:10


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:54


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:36


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:27


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:46


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:09


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:14


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:11


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:57


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:36


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:42


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:35


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:46


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:20


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:00


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:18


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:06


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:03


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:41


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:51


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:09


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:50


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:24


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:11


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:05


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:19


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:47


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:09


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:07


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:00


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:11


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:49


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:37


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:57


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:09


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:25


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:56


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:47


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

01:16