Creeker: A Woman's Journeyby Linda Scott Derosier
In her memoir of growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, this professor of psychology at Rocky Mountain College in Montana is unabashedly honest about and proud of her Appalachian heritage, chronicling her life with honesty, wit, and insight. 32 photos. See more details below
In her memoir of growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, this professor of psychology at Rocky Mountain College in Montana is unabashedly honest about and proud of her Appalachian heritage, chronicling her life with honesty, wit, and insight. 32 photos.
"Arthur DeRosier has done a wonderful job of recovering and recreating Dunbar's life and times." -- Frank Cogleano, Scottish Historical Review
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As an Appalachian expat, I relished every line of Derosier's book especially at the end when she spoke of 'that comin' home feeling' of people from that part of the country. That book literally took me to a time and a place I hadn't been in years. After reading parts of Creeker, I could close my eyes and be back on my Granny's porch once again. I never met this author yet I felt kinship with her throughout her poetic book and I have thought of her often since I finished it. I am a voracious reader but I don't know when I have been so moved by a book. I can vouch that the early chapters are true and I can feel that the latter ones are. I'm looking for more from this author. Creeker 2, maybe?
This is an outstanding book. I highly recommend it. The title is Creeker: A Woman's Journey, but a man could find it entertaining as well. I thouroughly enjoyed it, and I am a man. The first chapter is kind of tough. Ms De Rosier introduces us to her family. It seems that every family member had a unique nickname or even a unique-to-Appalachia given name. It made it kind of tough for thie New Jersey bred reader to wade through. I had to take notes so I would know who was whose uncle, aunt etc... After the first chapter the narative picks up and is quite good. Ms De Rosier takes us through her childhood, education, first marriage, career,and second marriage. All the while she tells the story through the eyes of an Appalachian woman, born to a very conservative Baptist family, who never quite left Appalaachia altogether.College degree ( the first in her family) advanced degree, divorce, remarriage, move to Idaho, move to Montana: it is all told with wit and some humor. Folksy, true, earhty, sad at times and totally entertaining I found myself lauging out loud at times. This book would be of interest to anyome who loves southern literature or southern biography/autobiography. I may never visit Two Mile, KY, nor drop by to sit with the folks there, but I feel I know them well. Ms De Rosier wrote a second book about her mother and father, and thier love for each other. I plan on ordering that this summer and reading that as well. If you purchase this book, by all means enjoy, enjoy enjoy!!!
this book is about taking the life you are given and making it the best life you can have. i am giving copies to every woman in my family. thank you, linda, for sharing creeker with us all.
This book was a finalist for the Appalachian Book of the Year Award. Highly recommend it!