I CANNOT BEGIN TO EXPRESS JUST HOW GREAT THIS BOOK ACTUALLY IS!!! I JUST FINISHED. Next time I visit and walk the beautiful streets of New Orleans, I will do so with much more understanding of what this city REALLY SUFFERED through during those long hours, days, and weeks after Katrina. I will smile at each stranger I see, knowing a little bit more about their heritage and why those that remained in New Orleans remained so when they were asked to evacuate. When I walk along the magnificent Riverwalk on the Mississippi River, I will forever hear the written words of Dan Baum and the stories told to him by nine lives that loved New Orleans more than I can ever understand. I will see what it is that they wanted me to see from the stories that they wanted to tell.