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Read Excerpts from Rheta Grimsley Johnson's Poor Man's Provence

NewSouth Books celebrates the upcoming release of noted columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s book Poor Man’s Provence with special excerpts from the book.

Visit NewSouth’s Poor Man’s Provence book page to read an excerpt from the book, including Rheta’s preface, the introduction by writer and NPR contributor Bailey White, and Rheta’s tale “The Tool Shed Reading Club.”

In Poor Man’s Provence, Rheta recounts how she fell in love with Cajun Louisiana, bough a second home there, and set in planting doomed azaleas and deep roots. She writes about an assortment of beautiful people in a homely little town called Henderson, right on the edge of the Atchafalaya Swamp. As Bailey White notes, “Both Rheta’s readers and the people she writes about will be comfortable, well fed, highly entertained, and happy they came to poor man’s Provence.”

Poor Man’s Provence will be available from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online book retailer in February 2008.