My New Orleans, Gone Away: A Memoir of Loss and Renewal

Peter M. Wolf. Delphinium (HarperCollins, dist.), $24.95 (336p) ISBN 978-1-88-328556-2
Architecture historian Wolf recalls his youth in New Orleansand the changes his native city experienced in the latter half of the 20th century. Wolf's ancestors arrived in the 1830s, founding cotton, sugar, retail, and other industries, creating a network of prominent Jewish civic leaders. He revisits a materially privileged yet emotionally impoverished childhood, sharing tales about his beloved Dalmatian—who he eventually has to bury in the yard. His father sent him north to prep school at Exeter in order to ready him for Yale, where he became friends with cultural-critic-to-be Calvin Trillin. After an unsuccessful foray into medical school, Wolf returns home to his father's once-flourishing cotton brokerage. He does well, but his heart rebels and he attends graduate school part-time at Tulane. But instead of remaining comfortably unfulfilled in New Orleans, he heads back north to study his passion, architecture, at NYU, becoming a leading figure in land planning and urban policy. Wolf's journey from inhibited child to dream-chaser is beautifully told, full of love for New Orleans, tradition, and family, all trumped by the angst-filled awakening that led him forward. (July)
Reviewed on: 07/01/2013
Release date: 07/01/2013
Show other formats
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-306-62040-6
Portable Document Format (PDF) - 322 pages - 978-1-4804-1349-8
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-97243-8
Ebook - 322 pages - 978-1-4804-1345-0
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-1-883285-62-3
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.