Reader recommendation: Ernie K-Doe
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Ernie K-Doe: The R and B Emperor of New Orleans by Ben Sandmel is a most unusual book, generous with photographs of the â€śemperorâ€ť in his fantastic costumes,Â threaded with quotes from colleagues, and especially generous with the affection with which the author, a New Orleans resident, so clearly regards his subject. Ernie K-Doe was flamboyant, narcissistic, alcoholic,Â generous, and intoxicated with his own superlative ability. Donâ€™t care aboutÂ R and B? Sandmelâ€™s writing makes this book a delight, no matter what your interests.