Books by Ken Wells and Complete Book Reviews

Ken Wells, Author Yale University Press $25 (245p) ISBN 978-0-300-12152-0
Author and journalist Wells, a native of Louisiana bayou country, was a Wall Street Journal reporter when Katrina struck in 2005. Arguably more horrific than the scene in New Orleans were the bayou parishes, particularly St. Bernard and Plaquemines,
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Ken Wells, Author . Random $23.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-375-50525-6
Wall Street Journal writer and editor Wells (Meely LaBauve; Junior's Leg) takes his readers on a wild Southern roller-coaster ride in the final installment of his lighthearted Bayou trilogy, focusing on down-and-out widower Logan LaBauve as he...
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Ken Wells, Author Random House (NY) $19.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-375-50311-5
In his lean, nimble and wise first novel, Wells breathes life into an adolescent boy down on his luck in ""the lonesome end of Catahoula Bayou"" in Louisiana. The eponymous narrator relates the tale in a restrained, wry voice that is a mixture of...
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Ken Wells, Author . Free Press/Wall Street Journal $24 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7432-3278-4
Thoreau said, "The tavern will compare favorably with the church." Following this premise rather closely, longtime Wall Street Journal writer and novelist Wells (Junior's Leg ) searches for his preferred house of worship: the "perfec
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Ken Wells, Author . Random $23.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-375-50526-3
Wall Street Journal scribe Wells's semisequel to his first novel, Meely LaBauve, is a zesty, Cajun-flavored bouillabaisse of gritty melodrama, warts-and-all character study and old-fashioned morality tale. It can be abrasively entertaining, and...
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Ken Wells, Author . Random $24.95 (364p) ISBN 978-0-375-50876-9
Wells follows his Catahoula Bayou trilogy with this entertaining novel about imperiled Louisiana wetlands. Tom Huff, regional vice president of Standard of Texas Oil Company—“Big Tex” in fictional Chacahoula Parish—wants to...
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Ken Wells. Norton, $26.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-393-25483-9
Journalist and novelist Wells (Crawfish Mountain) serves up a piquant history of gumbo, a quintessential Cajun dish and “the Zen food of an otherwise un-Zenlike culture.” There are few rules about what makes a gumbo a gumbo, and Wells covers myriad...
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