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A New Memoir: From Bayou Duck Hunts to Hollywood

By Jessica MischnerBelow the LineAugust 20, 2015

The writer Michael Lewis once wrote a 7,000-word magazine feature story on Blaine Lourd based on Lourd’s uncommonly influential career in the financial industry. But Lourd, a Louisiana-bred investment adviser who has managed money for A-listers such as Matthew McConaughey and the Rolling Stones, sums up the roots of his success in just one word: Coonass (his term, not ours). In his new memoir, Born on the Bayou, just released Tuesday, he reveals why. “When I say ‘Coonass’—which technically relates to a certain type of Cajun,” Lourd writes, “I’m not talking about a class distinction. A Coonass can be wealthy or poor, wise or foolish…However, at heart, he’s generally unpretentious and comfortable with himself, listens to his gut…In the end, it’s an identity. Shared proudly.”

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G&G Editors' Summer Reading List

By Jessica MischnerBelow the LineJune 23, 2015

School’s out, the sun is shining, and the days are long and lazy. In other words, there’s no better time to park yourself in a comfortable hammock and get lost in a book. Here are seven editors’ picks—both new releases and old favorites—to put all that free time to good use.

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Great New Books for Dad

By CJ LotzBelow the LineJune 11, 2015

If your dad is like mine, he’s hard to shop for. He knows what he wants and buys it for himself. The way to surprise him this Father’s Day, June 21? Go old-school with a book. Make it a new release on a topic he’ll love, like one of the selections below and skip the card—instead write him a note on the book’s title page, to make for a truly meaningful and personal gift.

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Three Life Lessons From Southern Grandmothers

By CJ LotzBelow the LineApril 21, 2015

Since 2012, Alysia Burton Steele has logged more than 18,000 miles on her odometer, driving through the fields and swamps of the Mississippi Delta to find the Jewels. That’s the name she has given to the fifty grandmothers whose oral histories she recorded and portraits she captured for her new book, Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom.

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