My maternal grandmother was from Louisiana. I won’t ever be able to talk to her about it since she passed away shortly after my mom was born.
The family link might be a subconscious reason why I’ve always been interested in Louisiana. The vampire lore, its haunted history, the voodoo culture, and the melting pot diversity always fascinated me.
With that said, I found six Louisiana books that’ll give me those bayou state vibes no matter where I am in the world. Perhaps you too!
1. The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition by Kim Marie Vaz
I would’ve never known street walkers organized a part of the Mardi Gras marches. The decision to march started out as a competition between rival red light districts.
2. Beware of the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
A sister searches for her missing brother in a swamp the town locals wouldn’t dare explore.
3. Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
Anne Rice and New Orleans go together like PBJ. With vampires in the mix, it’s even more delicious!
4. The King of Bones and Ashes by J. D. Horn
Witches are turning against each other as their magic fades away. One witch’s case to solve witches’ disappearances in New Orleans may have dark connections to her family.
5. Mad Madame LaLaurie: New Orleans Most Famous Murderess Revealed by Victoria Cosner Love & Lorelei Shannon
A locked room in Madame Delphine LaLaurie’s home hides her hidden atrocities. A city fire exposes all of its gruesome secrets.
You might recognize the LaLaurie name from Kathy Bates’ character in American Horror Story: Coven.
6. Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Voodoo Dreams is a fictional account based on the real Marie Laveau, famed voodoo priestess of New Orleans. You can visit her grave at the Saint Louis Cemetery.
Which books make you want to travel to Lousiana right now?
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