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Poor Man's Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun 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.' In this largely winning read, Johnson does exactly that with the residents of her adopted, beloved Bayou home, Henderson, La. Her distinct perspective, that of an accepted neighbor who's still considered an outsider, drives this observational memoir. Travel readers will enjoy chucklesome details-a town with about five surnames, Henderson's phone book 'is the only one... I know of to use nicknames in its listings'-but Johnson's news background proves both blessing and curse. On one hand, she's a fearless reporter, but her profiles too often cut short just when they're getting good. She touches on the poverty, racism and other troubles (like hurricanes), but doesn't probe in much depth, effectively reducing some of her friends and neighbors to two-dimensional ciphers. Where she does achieve a more nuanced portrait, readers will find a wonderful, personal look into a Cajun community." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588382184
Author:
Johnson, Rheta Grimsley
Publisher:
NewSouth
Foreword by:
White, Bailey
Foreword:
White, Bailey
Author:
Johnson, Rheta Grimsley
Subject:
Cajuns
Subject:
Louisiana
Subject:
United States - South - Louisiana
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Henderson (La.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Louisiana Social life and customs.
Subject:
Americana-Louisiana
Subject:
Travel-US Southern States
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
221
Dimensions:
8.71x5.77x.86 in. .91 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.' In this largely winning read, Johnson does exactly that with the residents of her adopted, beloved Bayou home, Henderson, La. Her distinct perspective, that of an accepted neighbor who's still considered an outsider, drives this observational memoir. Travel readers will enjoy chucklesome details-a town with about five surnames, Henderson's phone book 'is the only one... I know of to use nicknames in its listings'-but Johnson's news background proves both blessing and curse. On one hand, she's a fearless reporter, but her profiles too often cut short just when they're getting good. She touches on the poverty, racism and other troubles (like hurricanes), but doesn't probe in much depth, effectively reducing some of her friends and neighbors to two-dimensional ciphers. Where she does achieve a more nuanced portrait, readers will find a wonderful, personal look into a Cajun community." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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