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Mardi Gras Reads: The New Orleans Collection

Mardi Gras (that’s French for Fat Tuesday) celebrations may date back to Medieval Europe, but everyone knows that today, New Orleans is where the party’s at. Though we couldn’t get to NOLA to witness these legendary shenanigans, we were inspired to create a new collection of New Orleans reads on Scribd. Enjoy!

The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

Don’t know much about this history that shaped New Orleans into an eclectic city of music and culture? Let Ned Sublette fill in those gaps for you.

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The House on First Street

If a remarkable, yet hilarious account of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina sounds like it’s up your alley, then read on. This isn’t just any old memoir – it’s a tribute to the city itself.

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City of Refuge

This modern masterpiece from Tom Piazza tells the panoramic story of two families, one black and one white, in the face of one of the greatest storms in American history – Hurricane Katrina.

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The Invitation

If you’re looking for a literary look at the Big Easy before taking to the street with your Mardi Gras beads, take a gander at this short story from New Orleans native Barb Johnson.

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Too busy partying to do any reading today? Not to worry! This collection will still be here long after the mask comes off and the king cake gets eaten.

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The New Scribd

The New Scribd

Today we are thrilled to announce Scribd subscriptions. For $8.99 per month, readers can enjoy books and other written works on their iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Web browsers. HarperCollins Publishers has signed as the first major publishing partner, making the majority of the HarperCollins US and HarperCollins Christian backlist catalog for Scribd’s digital book subscription service. In addition, the full HarperCollins catalog can be purchased in the Scribd retail store. Scribd features titles from best selling authors including: Paulo Coelho, Neil Gaiman, Marian Keys, and Elmore Leonard from HarperCollins, as well as best selling authors from other publishers including: E-Reads, Kensington, Red Wheel/Weiser, Rosetta Books, Sourcebooks, and Workman.

We are proud to have amassed over 80 million active users and a global library of more than 40 million books and documents, in 100 countries and 80 languages worldwide. “Since starting Scribd six years ago, we have gained a lot of experience building a library of books and written works, growing a global community, and gathering data on what readers and publishers want,” said Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of Scribd. “Those insights have helped us build a product that we believe delivers on a new and better reading experience by giving our customers instant access to a vast collection of books to read, across a wide array of the top digital devices, all for one low monthly price. We are thrilled to be working with HarperCollins on such an innovative and pioneering partnership.”

“With 80 million active users, the Scribd platform is reaching a vast global audience of readers. HarperCollins is excited to reach an innovative partnership with Scribd that monetizes its audience through traditional retail and a subscription offer for our backlist titles,” said Brian Murray, President and CEO, HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide. “HarperCollins authors will benefit from extended reach, increased discovery, and improved royalty streams.”

“I’m excited to see HarperCollins experimenting with new business models. It demonstrates that they are not afraid to embrace new ways of expanding the reach of their authors,” said Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist.

Scribd’s extensive collection of user generated content also offers subscribers additional reading options that enhance and add a social element to the books they’re reading or have read. For example, after reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, readers can access papers analyzing the different characters in the book, a doctorate paper on tenement houses in Brooklyn, and even a study guide for the book. Scribd will also let people easily see what books and documents their friends have read, privacy settings permitting.

About Scribd:
Scribd is the world’s largest global digital library, featuring a book subscription service that gives readers access to millions of books and written works. Launched in 2007 by Trip Adler and Jared Friedman, Scribd also features works contributed by users as well as publishers, doubling in size every year. Backed by Y Combinator, Charles River Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures, Scribd has been profitable for years and continues to be one of the most influential websites in the world with more than 80 million active readers coming to the site every month.

ABOUT HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS :
HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NNC, NNCLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, narrative nonfiction, mystery, romance, reference, pop culture, design, health, wellness, and religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history, HarperCollins has published some of the world’s foremost authors, including winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal, and the Caldecott Medal. HarperCollins is consistently at the forefront of innovation, using digital technology to create unique reading experiences and expand the reach of its authors. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers online at: http://www.harpercollins.com

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“Embers of War” – Winner of Pulitzer Prize

The struggle for Vietnam occupies a central place in the history of the twentieth century. Fought over a period of three decades, the conflict drew in all the world’s powers and saw two of them—first France, then the United States—attempt to subdue the revolutionary Vietnamese forces. For France, the defeat marked the effective end of her colonial empire, while for America the war left a gaping wound in the body politic that remains open to this day. How did it happen? Tapping into newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations and making full use of the published literature, distinguished scholar Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to lose their way in Vietnam. Embers of War opens in 1919 at the Versailles Peace Conference, where a young Ho Chi Minh tries to deliver a petition for Vietnamese independence to President Woodrow Wilson. It concludes in 1959, with a Viet Cong ambush on an outpost outside Saigon and the deaths of two American officers whose names would be the first to be carved into the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In between come years of political, military, and diplomatic maneuvering and miscalculation, as leaders on all sides embark on a series of stumbles that makes an eminently avoidable struggle a bloody and interminable reality. Logevall takes us inside the councils of war—and gives us a seat at the conference tables where peace talks founder. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France’s final years in Indochina—and shows how from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history: Harry Truman’s fateful decision to reverse Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s policy and acknowledge France’s right to return to Indochina after World War II; Dwight Eisenhower’s strenuous efforts to keep Paris in the fight and his escalation of U.S. involvement in the aftermath of the humiliating French defeat at Dien Bien Phu; and the curious turnaround in Senator John F. Kennedy’s thinking that would lead him as president to expand that commitment, despite his publicly stated misgivings about Western intervention in Southeast Asia. An epic story of wasted opportunities and tragic miscalculations, featuring an extraordinary cast of larger-than-life characters, Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another. This book will become the definitive chronicle of the struggle’s origins for years to come.