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Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming

A Memoir

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Nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson, winner of the Ernie Pyle Award for human interest reporting, turns her sharp eye on herself in this frank, exhilarating, wise, poignant, and brave memoir. Her territory ranges from childhood memories of ritual pre-interstate trips in the family station wagon to visit foot-washing Baptist relatives to young-girl fixations on the Barbie dolls of the title, from the simultaneous exuberance and proto-feminist doubts of young marriage to the aches of loves lost through divorce and death. Her memorable journalism career, which began on her college newspaper and rural weeklies and moved on to prestigious big-city dailies, was punctuated by her distinctive writing voice and an unerring knack for revealing her much-loved South through uncommon stories about its common people. This is a big-hearted book that will leave no reader unaffected.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 08, 2010 – Longtime syndicated columnist and author Johnson (Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz) fashions a series of subtly toned, mildly humorous essays that move chronologically through her upbringing as a Southern Baptist and career as a dogged reporter. Christmas provided her cherished early memories growing up in the 1950s and '60s, and several of the essays revolve around the holiday spent either in Montgomery, Ala.; Pensacola, Fla.; and southwest Ga., where her family had roots: in Rapture on Hold, she learned that Santa Claus was a fraud, and thus she gave up most beliefs in the supernatural, while in Building the Cross Fence, she finally got the horse of her dreams, but realized the real deal scared the hell out of me. Her first love was a romantic born-again proselytizer at Robert E. Lee High School ( Brad had this way of multiplying his women like loaves and fishes ), though she married fellow newspaperman Jimmy Johnson at the Auburn (Ala.) Plainsman. Together they toiled at their own weekly newspaper on St. Simon's Island, Ga., before taking work at different newspapers across the South and eventually divorcing. Travels with her late love and husband, academic and duck-hunter Don Grierson (now deceased), occupy the later essays, forming a poignant conclusion to the notable story of this devoted journalist.

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  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Feb 22, 2010
  • Publisher: NewSouth, Inc.
  • Seller: NewSouth Books
  • Print Length: 200 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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