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Hank Hung the Moon: . . .and Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts Hardcover – March 1, 2012
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About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
It was great to travel with Rheta back to the old South that we grew up in.
The good and not so good. But Hank was there with us. Few things in life are better than waking up on a school day smelling bacon frying and Hank singing on the radio.
Take this trip with Rheta Grimsley Johnson and feel the music and learn about the man.
What makes this book more interesting is not all the tidbits of Hank Williams trivia but the odyssey that Rheta makes in rediscovering her roots.
She speaks to love, lost love, and new love as she intertwines with the wild characters of her life. This book also captures some of the southern charm that mystifies those in the north but those in the south hold true.
As a newspaper reporter Rheta has been able to experience a wide range of events that resonate with the sharing of the southern cultural spirit.
Hank Hung the Mood is a touching memoir and is a definite joy to read. I only wish it came with an accompanied CD so that the sounds of Hank Williams could mute the outside world and bring to life the southern grace that we in the south love.