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In the tradition of the modern classics The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer and The Liars Club by Mary Karr, Blaine Lourds meaningful debut Born on the Bayou is a powerful gothic memoir set in the bayous and oil towns of 1970s Louisiana. In honest, confessional prose, Born on the Bayou—a rollercoaster rags-to-riches story—transports us to a pocket of the South where Lourd learns how to be a man from the two people he looks up to the most his larger-than-life father, Puffer, a prominent figure in the oil business, and his successful older brother, Bryan. With an eye turned perpetually toward the gruff and distant Puffer, Lourd illustrates how those closest to us can cause the most hurt, even as we seek their approval. Whether hes learning how to skin a duck at age ten, enjoying his first beer at thirteen, or detailing the finer points of ride-on lawn mowing, Lourd gets to the heart of being a Southerner with rawness and grace.

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Blaine Lourd

I grew up on the bayous of South Louisiana. It's a heavenly place filled with magnolia trees, mourning doves, waterfowl, cypress swamps, mosquitoes and a very unique group of people who live for food, family and fun. I moved to Los Angeles in 1987 and gratefully found a career managing money for some of the most interesting and talented people in the world. On the weekends, I coach football, watch my boys chase balls, practice yoga with my wife of almost two decades....and I write. This is my first book.

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