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Rheta Grimsley Johnson has covered the South for over three decades as a newspaper reporter and columnist. She writes about ordinary but fascinating people, mining for universal meaning in individual stories. In past reporting for United Press International, the Commercial Appeal of Memphis, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a number of other regional newspapers, Johnson has won national awards. In 1986, she was inducted into the Scripps Howard Newspapers Editorial Hall of Fame. In 1991, she was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Syndicated today by King Features of New York, Johnson's column appears in about 50 papers nationwide. She is the author of several books, including America's Faces (1987) and Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz (1989). In 2000, she wrote the text for a book of photographs entitled Georgia. A native of Colquitt, Georgia, Johnson grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, studied journalism at Auburn University, and has lived and worked in the South all of her career. In December 2010, she married retired Auburn University history professor Hines Hall. They live in Iuka, Mississippi.
She speaks to love, lost love, and new love as she intertwines with the wild characters of her life.
If you like Hank Williams or would like to know more about him, or if you have any kind of real Southern connection, you will really enjoy this book!
With this book, she continues her keen observitations well chosen phrases, and, as always, she tells it like it is.
When I heard that Rheta Grimsley Johnson was writing a book about Hank Williams I thought, 'Uh oh!' country music fans aren't big readers so this book may go nowhere. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Marcus D. Lamkin
Hank Hung the Moon, a warmly, informally written memoir by a top journalist and author Rita Grimsley Johnson, interweaves nuggets about her life with those of Hank and other famous... Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Harry C. Copeland
The dust jacket calls the book a "Musical Memoir," which is fair enough. If Hank Williams "Hung the Moon," this author hung her latest book on the legacy of the man. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by E. A. Hunter