Poor Man's Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana

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NewSouth Books, Aug 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 221 pages
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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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According to newspaper columnist Johnson, life in Cajun Country, deep in the heart of Southeast Louisiana, is "the opposite of live and let live; it's more like mind my business and I'll mind yours ... Read full review

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What i like most, despite the fact that i couldnt do it, is she tells stories without bias. Even when she hints at one, it never reads with disdain or prejudice. She just looks at people and writes it down. Rare to not have to filter out someone's view of the picture they are painting so you yourself can see it. 

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Contents

Blood Guts and a Bill
21
A Queen Fit for a Boat
25
Fried Turkey Stewed Cajuns
36
Catahoula Cajun TruckDriving 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
Angola Bound
129
Knife Cocker of the Year
135
Doesnt Travel Well
141
Courir de Mardi Gras
147
Old Trash Pile Road
157
Rue de PuttPutt
165
My Mabel
170
Harry the Doughnut Bomber
180

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 Doesnt Need Hollywood
121
Staying Warm
124
The Retiring Romeros
185
Stormy Weather
192
Fit to Govern
200
Personal Notes
209
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Bailey White was born and raised in Thomasville, Georgia. She has worked as a schoolteacher and a writer. Her essays and stories have appeared in magazines and on NPR's "All Things Considered". She is the author of two story collections, "ama Makes Up Her Mind" and "Sleeping at the Starlite Motel", and a novel, "Quite a Year for Plums".

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