Poor Man's Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana

Poor Man's Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana

by Rheta Grimsley Johnson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588382184
Publisher: NewSouth, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,279,702
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rheta Grimsley Johnson has covered the South for over three decades as a newspaper reporter and columnist. She writes about ordinary but fascinating people, mining for universal meaning in individual stories. In past reporting for United Press International, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and a number of other regional newspapers, Johnson has won national awards. They include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest reporting (1983), the Headliner Award for commentary (1985), the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award for commentary (1982). In 1986 she was inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame. In 1991 Johnson was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Syndicated today by King Features of New York, Johnson’s column appears in about 50 papers nationwide. She is the author of several books, including America’s Faces (1987) and Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz (1989). In 2000 she wrote the text for a book of photographs entitled Georgia. A native of Colquitt, Ga., Johnson grew up in Montgomery, Ala., studied journalism at Auburn University and has lived and worked in the South all of her career. In December 2010, Johnson married retired Auburn University history professor Hines Hall.

Table of Contents

Blood, Guts, and a Bill     21
A Queen Fit for a Boat     25
Fried Turkey, Stewed Cajuns     36
Catahoula Cajun Truck-Driving Mama     43
Big Ears and Alligators     52
Hot French Bread When Flashing     63
Putting Down Roots     70
A Good Time Was Not Had by All     83
The Tool Shed Reading Club     93
Plate Lunches by the Pound, Heartaches by the Score     103
Saint Jeanette and the Simple Life     115
Hollywood Might Need Cajun Louisiana, but Cajun Louisiana Doesn't Need Hollywood     121
Staying Warm     124
Angola Bound     129
Knife Cocker of the Year     135
Doesn't Travel Well     141
Courir de Mardi Gras     147
Old Trash Pile Road     157
Rue de Putt-Putt     165
My Mabel     170
Harry, the Doughnut Bomber     180
The Retiring Romeros     185
Stormy Weather     192
Fit to Govern     200
Personal Notes     209

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