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%There’s no doubt that Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating weather events to hit the United States—costing lives, property, and prosperity. In Catastrophic Gumbo, author Alvin JacQues provides a firsthand look at the facts, drama, details, and aftermath of this powerful storm.

A survivor of Hurricane Katrina, JacQues considers himself lucky to be alive, and he credits his strong faith in God for both his survival and the opportunity to tell his story. In this memoir, he examines the enormous devastation and causalities and tells a heroic tale of survival. Catastrophic Gumbo includes more than thirty stories that describe what really happened during this natural disaster—including his rescue by the Coast Guard, his experience of six days of chaos at the Superdome, the drowning of his mother, the ever-present death and destruction that he witnessed, and the corruption of the New Orleans Police Department.

A compelling account, Catastrophic Gumbo gives a behind-the-scenes and personal look at the before, during, and after of this tragedy that hit Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in 2005.


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Alvin JacQuesis a survivor of Hurricane Katrina who worked as a minister before the hurricane. A performer for the last thirty years, he has gained stage recognition in the United States and abroad. He lives in Pennsylvania and has four grown children. This is his second book.
Published October 27, 2011 by Trafford. 188 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Others, such as “What is Faith” (a title presented without a question mark, as is “What is Love”) are true essays that infuse the book with JacQues’ own honest and deeply held personal values and opinions.

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Likewise, Catastrophic Gumbo, a memoir of Hurricane Katrina and its devastation of New Orleans, written by jazz musician and New Orleans native Alvin JacQues, is an unusual book that must be evaluated on its own terms.

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