“Orléans Embrace” with “The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré”

Orléans Embrace is set to be published April 1, along with the currently out-of-print The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré: The Historic French Quarter of New Orleans. Created by documentarists TJ Fisher and Roy F. Guste, Jr., and featuring many of the images of Louis Sahuc Photo Works, the books feature 49 black-and-white and 329 color images that complement the text. Orléans Embrace is a tribute to New Orleans generally, while The Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré explores the beauty of the French Quarter and its gardens through photos — both before and after Hurricane Katrina roared through the region.

Available on April 1, the set retails for $50 through Morgana Press, or $31.50 through Amazon. Seeing the gardens for yourself may be more rewarding viscerally, but for the armchair traveler or the civic-minded — amazingly, 100% of publisher profits will be donated to French Quarter preservation groups — this book may be the next best thing.