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Biography & Memoir

Enchanted Evening Barbie & the Second Coming

Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming
A Memoir
Rheta Grimsley Johnson

NewSouth Books
$24.95 hardcover
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 
256 pages
Published in 2010
ebook ISBN: 978-1-60306-060-8

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 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 marked by a 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.


A glowing Enchanted Evening Barbie & the Second Coming review, from the Tuscaloosa News.

A moving feature on author Rheta Grimsley Johnson, written by Birmingham News Living.

Another positive review from Northeast Mississippi 360.

The Alabama Press-Register's praise for Enchanted Evening Barbie & the Second Coming.

The Columbus Dispatch's glowing review.


Click here to view the table of contents and read an excerpt from Enchanted Evening Barbie & the Second Coming.

Also by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
Poor Man's Provence
Hank Hung the Moon