New Book: Louisiana Rambles

UPM's Louisiana travel expert-in-residence Ian McNulty is back this month with a new book. Louisiana Rambles: Exploring America's Cajun and Creole Heartland is an experiential travel narrative and guide to south Louisiana.

McNulty (A Season of Night: New Orleans Life after Katrina) takes readers along on this quest to get to the essence of what makes south Louisiana so captivating, so unique and such a place apart from the rest of the South, from America and from anywhere else in the world.
After Hurricane Katrina, McNulty set out on a series of daytrips to delve into the area's diverse cultural landscapes. He explored communities staked up and down the Mississippi River, nestled into the teeming bayous, braced along the edge of the Gulf, and planted out on the golden prairie stretching to the west.

Richly evocative, this book brings readers to the Louisiana of zydeco dancehalls pulsing in the country darkness, of crawfish “boiling points” and traditional country smokehouses, of Cajun jam sessions where even wallflowers are compelled to dance and of fishing trips where anyone can bring home a whopper.

Louisiana Rambles includes an extensive, chapter-by-chapter appendix of travel tips and notes from the road (or the bayou) to help readers embark on their own rambles and get the most out of a trip around south Louisiana.

See excerpts, photos and read the Louisiana travel blog at