Poor Man's Provence

Poor Man's Provence

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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.But the houseboats were strictly a vacation gathering place for most of the Cajuns these days. It wasna#39;t like the movies, really. A precious few, like the swamp guide Half-Pint and a barmaid called Houseboat Debbie, lived full-time on their boats, but most ... Mississippi had come closest to being that anchor most of us seem to need. I love my farm in north Mississippi, but even there I have no roots.

Title:Poor Man's Provence
Author:Rheta Grimsley Johnson
Publisher:NewSouth Books - 2010-08-01


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