Originally published: New Orleans, LA. : Chris Rose Books, c2005.; The columns in this book were previously published in The Times-Picayune --t.p. verso.;Who we are -- Facing the unknown -- The first time back -- Survivors -- Life in the surreal city -- Hope -- Rita takes aim -- The empty city -- God and strippers -- The more things change -- Enough to feed an army -- Blue roof blues -- The smell -- The elephant men -- Mad city -- 1 dead in attic -- Despair -- My introduction to New Orleans -- The funky butt -- The hurricane kids -- Traveling man -- Have Barbie, will travel -- Prep boys and Jesuits -- Good-bye -- Groundhog Day -- Coming home -- Civil unrest -- Refrigerator town -- Lurching toward Babylon -- The cat lady -- Caving in -- The magnet man -- The last ride -- Lights in the city -- Let the good times roll -- Our Katrina Christmas -- Tears, fears, and a new year -- Chocolate city -- Tutti-frutti -- He had a dream -- He's picking the pairs for Nola's ark -- Rider on the storm -- Car 54, where are you? -- Not in my pothole -- Survive this -- September never ends -- The muddy middle ground -- Misery in the melting pot -- The end of the world -- A Huck Finn kind of life -- Our very scary summer -- Songs in the key of strife -- The end of the line -- We raze, and raise, and keep pushing forward -- Echoes of Katrina in the country -- Second line, same verse -- Don't mess with Mrs. Rose -- Shooting the rock -- The city that hair forgot -- A rapturous day in the real world -- Big daddy no fun -- Peace among the ruins -- Artful practicality -- She rescued my heart -- Miss Ellen deserved better -- Rebirth at the Maple Leaf -- Melancholy reveler -- They don't get Mardi Gras, and they never will -- Reality fest -- Love fest -- O brothers, where be y'all? -- Funeral for a friend -- Thanks, we needed that -- Say what's so, Joe -- A night to remember -- Eternal Dome nation -- On the inside looking out -- A city on hold -- A tough nut to crack -- Hell and back -- Letters from the edge -- Children of the storm, it's time to represent -- Thank you, whoever you are -- A new dawn.;The author, a Pulitzer-winning columnist for the Times-Picayune, chronicles the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in his collection of candid essays.; 1 Dead in Attic is a collection of stories by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Celebrated as a local treasure and heaped with national praise, Rose provides a rollercoaster ride of observation, commentary, emotion, tragedy, and even humor--in a way that only he could find in a devastated wasteland. They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of survivors and believers, stories of hope and despair. And stories about refrigerators. 1 Dead in Attic freeze-frames New Orleans, caught between an old era and a new one, during its most desperate time, as it struggles out of the floodwaters and wills itself back to life. --p.  of cover.