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Poor Man's Provence

Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana

by Rheta Grimsley Johnson Author · Bailey White Author of introduction, etc.


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For over a decade, syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson has been spending several months a year in Southwest Louisiana, deep in the heart of Cajun Country. Unlike many other writers who have parachuted into the swampy paradise for a few days or weeks, Rheta fell in love with the place, bought a second home and set in planting doomed azaleas and deep roots. She has found an assortment of beautiful people in a homely little town called Henderson, right on the edge of the Atchafalaya Swamp. Poor Man's Provence is both personal odyssey and good reporting, travelogue and memoir, funny and frank, as the author shares what keeps her coming home to French Louisiana.

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Rheta Grimsley Johnson (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 Int...

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Bailey White (Author of introduction, etc.)

Bailey White is the bestselling author of Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Sleeping at the Starlite Motel. A south Georgia elementary school teacher, Bailey White became one of America's most beloved essayists by reading her work aloud in her slow drawl...

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