Marking the debut of a powerfully original Southern voice, a poignant memoir of life on the wrong side of the tracks, with a colorful cast of misfits, plenty of belly laughs, and lessons for finding joy in spite of hardship.-Gotham Books
"I raced through this book—horrified, laughing out loud, and weeping by turns. I say, let's throw out all the self-help and inspirational books in the country, and put up The Cracker Queen displays instead! Hannon really made me think, and I'm going to whup some ass, too."
—Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls and On Agate Hill
"When I read The Cracker Queen, I realized that women like this were not part of any heavenly plan. Hannon’s book is scandalous and hilarious."
—Pat Conroy, author of South of Broad and many others
"Watch out, Paula Deen and Jill Conner Browne! Chock full of unforgettable lines, The Cracker Queen delights again and again as the intrepid Hannon turns her hardscrabble beginnings into a major laugh fest that will leave her readers wanting more. Indeed, they will fall in love – as I did – with Hannon's wit and gutsy take on, well, everything."
—Rosemary Daniell, author of Secrets of the Zona Rosa and Fatal Flowers
"The heart, soul, and muscle of The Cracker Queen are in the often poignant, often shocking (but always engaging) pieces of Hannon's experiences. But there is more to it than that: there's also the promise of a remarkably gifted writer, one who understands that she is a medium for her environment, and, for readers, that is cause for great celebration."
—Terry Kay, author of To Dance with the White Dog and The Book of Marie
"A bracing, heart-gladdening embrace of human foibles and strangeness."
"...this wonderfully written book is the perfect antidote for our present hard times."
“Lauretta Hannon is the funniest woman in Georgia.”
Lauretta Hannon is the author of The Cracker Queen--A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life (Gotham Books, April 2009) and has been a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered,where her stories have reached 25 million listeners. Since 2000 she has also been known for her Georgia Public Radio stories, many of which celebrate strong, authentic Southern women (Cracker Queens). Her memoir became a Southern Indie Bestseller three weeks after its release and in 2010 was named one of the Top Twenty-Five Books All Georgians Should Read, according to the Georgia Center for the Book.
Now a syndicated advice columnist in 23 newspapers including the Marietta Daily Journal, Lauretta has also worked as the vice president of an advertising agency, university executive, newspaper columnist, fortune teller, independent radio producer, cocktail waitress, and longtime writing instructor. As a marketing consultant, she has advised clients as diverse as Drexel University and The League of Women Voters.
Throughout her marketing career she was nationally acclaimed as the most award-winning communications expert in higher education and captured more than 200 awards for her work. Today she is in-demand as a keynote speaker and performer and offers writing seminars through her Down Home Writing School. In 2010 she became a Hambidge Fellow upon completion of three writing residencies at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences.
In her town of Powder Springs, Georgia, she has been active with the Seven Springs Historical Society and Museum. As the author of Images of America: Powder Springs (Arcadia, 2004), she documented the vibrant history of a town in the midst of rapid growth and development. In 2009 she received an award from the State Archives for her work documenting the African-American history of the town.
In addition to serving on the boards of Georgia Women of Achievement and Kingdom Communities, she is on the advisory board of the Investing in People Foundation.
Lauretta lives with her husband in an old house in Historic Downtown Powder Springs. More importantly, she writes in a 12’x12’ shed in the back yard. Most of all, she laughs.
Now Lauretta is an advice columnist.
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