The story evolves from the awkward launch of the inland marine oilfield in the late 1930s and early 1940s, through the alternating boom and doom years of the 1950s and 1960s, up into the roaring 1970s, down into the 1980s' bust and back up toward a more realistic present. As the boatmen race against the competition and time, many of them take a global journey. In the 1960s, Nolty Theriot helps bring the oilfield to the virgin, turbulent waters of the North Sea, setting the stage for an unforgettable culture clash between the Cajuns and the Europeans. In the 1970s, Bobby Orgeron sails his supply boats into Central America and discovers a land full of rich tropical opportunity and zany banana backwardness. As Bobby, Nolty, and the others navigate from Nicaragua to Norway, from Colombia to California, and from Africa to the Arctic Circle, they spread their Cajun ingenuity across the globe. But before the Cajuns carry the oilfield into the Persian Gulf and the East China Sea, they launch their careers on Bayou Lafourche, where the book begins in the late 1930s. In sum, Rise of the Cajun Mariners is a fast-paced tale about the rapid evolution of a worldwide industry, the modernization of a culture and the deliverance of four fascinating families.
The Miracle of St. Genevieve: Vatican II and the Victory of Faith
The Miracle of St. Genevieve is the inspiring, heartbreaking and uplifting story of how a faith community has struggled and strengthened through a half century of dwindling national church attendance, parochial school closings, clerical scandals and overall questioning of the value of organized religion. It speaks to all readers searching for signs that meaningful human connections still exist in the world and that a community of faith is still one place to find them. Through the personal stories of clergy and ordinary congregants alike, The Miracle of St. Genevieve reveals why faith matters and how the sharing of faith can heal and elevate a community.
One Dream: The NFL
“If Americans love an underdog, then readers will gobble up Woody Falgoux's first book, chronicling the day-to-day exploits of 10 undrafted rookies as they go through training camp with the New Orleans Saints and compete for jobs that for all intents and purposes belong to somebody else. ONE DREAM: THE NFL is more than a behind-the-scenes look at the pro game. Falgoux digs beneath the trenches and reveals intimate details that will have NFL insiders nodding knowingly. He might even raise a few eyebrows.” — Jim Beseda, The Oregonian