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The Wind in the Reeds
352 pages; Riverhead Books
Wendell Pierce's uplifting memoir, The Wind in the Reeds (Riverhead), explores the transformative role theater played in healing New Orleans post-Katrina. After the devastating hurricane, Pierce felt compelled to act—in both senses of the word. He took a lead role in a free performance of Waiting for Godot in the Ninth Ward, and found that the play not only united people, but also served as a call to stand strong and rebuild. "Art doesn't give us life's answers," Pierce writes, "as much as it empowers us to live life's questions."
— Sarah Meyer