- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Gotham; 1st Edition edition (April 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592404502
- ISBN-13: 978-1592404506
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,760,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life Hardcover – April 16, 2009
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From School Library Journal
As Hannon, a contributor to NPR's All Things Considered, writes of her impoverished childhood in a dysfunctional family in Georgia, her college experiences, and a career in marketing, she touts the core values of love, forgiveness, and gratitude that helped her make her way; she also writes that one needs to conquer fear and whup some ass. Despite the soundness of the values she espouses, the hard-luck story she relates here is nothing more than a series of sound bites—she jumps from one incident to another without much cohesion or continuity, e.g., one chapter starts and ends with Hannon buying school clothes but takes unrelated detours in between. There are some fun chapters on haints (the Southern term for ghosts), but the book feels more like a marketing tool for Hannon than a memoir of substance. Not recommended.—Gina Kaiser, Univ. of the Sciences Lib., Philadelphia
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About the Author
Lauretta Hannon is a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered and Georgia Public Radio’s Georgia Gazette, and has contributed to numerous newspapers. Winner of more than two hundred awards in marketing and promotions, she is the marketing director at Atlanta Technical College.
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This is a book that stays with you long after you read it. Hannon certainly leads by example as she emerged from the proverbial "school of hard knocks" as a feisty, successful lady with a great sense of humor and self worth. She is an inspiration, and the book challenges readers to find the best answer for their own question, "What will I do with my pain?"
With a sweet polite humor she makes fun of the pompose Southern traditions which , at least inadvertently look down on Southerns or Northerns who are not in exalted financial; situations. Suchpractices as gossiping and saying:"Bless her heart" are annoying. She does not say this; but the whole pretentiousness of individuals who at a party remind everyone they are O.M. Please! I love this story, her Mom and the author. Charline Payne