Released by ASSOULINE, Debra Shriver’s new book, In The Spirit of New Orleans, is offered in both English and in French. This is Debra’s second book celebrating “the fabulous Crescent City,” and “it is lovingly dedicated to two iconic New Orleanians, Ella Brennan and Ellis Marsalis, and features a wonderful foreword by the inimitable Wynton Marsalis. The book takes a joyful look at the lore, history, pageantry, cocktails, food, attractions and celebrations of New Orleans with a colorful sampling of quotes, anecdotes, art and photography throughout its 160 pages.”
Debra Shriver is an Alabama native and a 12th generation Southerner. She and her husband reside in New York City and the Vieux Carre, New Orleans, with their two dogs, Ella and Louis. She is an admitted Francophile, an avid photography collector, a devotee of jazz, and a passionate preservationist. Shriver, chief communications officer for Hearst Corporation in New York City, sits on the boards of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and the Apollo Theater Foundation in Harlem. She has never been the Queen of Mardi Gras, but is ever hopeful. Ms Shriver has been responsible for many features showcasing New Orleans and how the city is recovering from Katrina in such Hearst publications as Town & Country.
This is her second book. Her first book became an instant collector’s item. Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard is introduced by famous Louisiana artist George Rodrigue, whose work depicts the gentle, easygoing lifestyle of South Louisiana, and likewise features georgeous images of the elements which make New Orleans such a treasure. The text is a delightful amalgamation of entertaining ideas, recipes, and comentary on the social side of New Orleans. A charming keepsake for all who are charmed by theCrescent City and its idiosyncrasies.