Rheta Grimsley Johnson Discusses And Signs The Dogs Buried Over The Bridge

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The Booksellers at Laurelwood says
Award-winning journalist and former reporter and columnist for The Commercial Appeal brings us the story of her life and the amazing dogs she has known and loved along the way. Real Good Dog Rescue will also be on-site with some pups looking for their furever homes!

About the book:
In The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge, nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson uses a parade of beloved dogs to take readers on a colorful journey. It's not really a dog book in the Old Yeller sense; it's a personal story that uses dogs as metaphors for love, loss, and life. "Working for newspapers ages you exponentially; it's like dog years," Rheta says. Readers follow her as a starry-eyed newlywed starting a weekly newspaper on Georgia's exotic St. Simons Island, through stints at various other Southern newspapers, and finally to her writing life in remote and dog-friendly Fishtrap Hollow, MS. That's the dateline for her long-running column and the place Rheta has called home for almost 30 years, despite growing up "a girl of curbs and gutters, not creeks and critters." Along the way, readers meet Rheta's eccentric neighbors, her friends, her three husbands, and best of all —her dogs. She introduces Monster, "a big galoot of a mutt, the variegated color of a hand-knitted sweater a dour aunt might give you for Christmas"; Humphrey, who spent much of one night in an apartment complex "patiently lining stolen shoes up at our back door like a clearance rack at Payless"; Mabel (pronounced May-Belle), the first of the dogs to be buried "over the bridge" in Rheta's sad little dog cemetery, who was "so beautiful that it never really mattered how much toilet paper she shredded, whose hairbrush she destroyed, where she sat or slept… Scolding Mabel would have been stomping a rose"; and Pogo and Albert, who taught Rheta that "grief can kill you, whatever your species. It isn't pretty, and it's a walk you must take alone." There are other dogs as well, for hers has been a life that measures its quality in canines.

About the author:
Rheta Grimsley Johnson, the award-winning reporter and columnist for The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, now writes her witty, wise and poignant column once a week for King Features Syndicate. Johnson travels the country in search of the stories, the voices and the spirit of ordinary Americans, frequently reporting from her native South, with datelines from Washington, D.C., to Iuka, MS. From 1980 until 1994, when she joined the Journal and Constitution, she was a reporter and columnist for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, TN., and Scripps Howard News Service. She has earned an impressive collection of awards for her writing, including the National Headliner Award for commentary in 1985 and Scripps Howard’s Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for outstanding human-interest reporting in 1984. She was Scripps Howard Writer of the Year from 1983 to 1985. And in 1991, she was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
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