|Asbury, Herbert||The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld||
Colorful, decadent, unbelievably fascinating anecdotes of the New Orleans underworld from its founding through the 1920s. The stories are almost always impossible to precisely date but still have the ring of authenticity.
The extensive bibliography is priceless.
|Brasseaux, Carl A.||Acadian to Cajun: Transformation of A People, 1803-1877||
A fascinating story about the Acadian people in Louisiana between 1803 and 1877l. It helped explain much of Devol’s prickly pride.
|Chase, John||Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children…and Other Streets of New Orleans||
A delightful history of New Orleans through its streets’ names.
|Rose, Al||Storyville, New Orleans: Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious Red-Light District||
You’ve got to read this if you want to write about New Orleans’ underworld. The photos and details are priceless.
|Wiltz, Christine||The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld||
If you want to know the nuts and bolts of how a 20th century New Orleans brothel worked, this is the book. Entertaining, too.