Creeker: A Woman's Journey

Creeker: A Woman's Journey

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by Linda Scott Derosier

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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.

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Herald-Leader Staff Lexington
Quite simply, Creeker is one of the finest autobiographies ever written by a Kentuckian.
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A memoir of growing up in, and then living outside of, eastern Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains, by an author proud of her heritage. Linda Sue Preston Scott DeRosier may not be as famous as Loretta Lynn, Appalachia's most beloved daughter, but her journey has been as long as, and perhaps even more unlikely than, that of the "Coal Miner's Daughter." Born at home in 1941, raised in the rural community of Two-Mile Creek, and finding herself still unmarried at 17, she went to college on a scholarship and, among many other experiences (marriage, work, raising a son), discovered that what she truly craved was knowledge. Now a professor of psychology at Rocky Mountain College, she offers this book as her tribute to the family who nurtured her and the community that, though DeRosier lives in Montana, she still calls home. Her hillbilly-influenced syntax (for which a full and entertaining glossary is provided) shines through the palimpsests of higher education and feminism, giving readers a hint of what life as a "creeker" (i.e., one who grew up in the more rural "hollers" of Appalachia) must have sounded like. Though her childhood was in some ways characteristic of those highly intelligent women who grew up stifled by the '50s and discovered themselves in the '60s, there is nothing typical about this memoir, which is full of not only the language but also the values, humor, and perseverance of DeRosier's family. The sheer amount of physical work, as portrayed in her descriptions of the routine of chores and cooking and farming, provide quite a contrast to the Leave It to Beaver image of the typical '50s suburban household. By the time she writes that "there is a comin'-home spirit that is anessential part of growing up in Appalachia," that much, and quite a bit more, is abundantly clear. Rich in both language and history, enjoyable, informative, and "sharper'n ary tack." (32 b&w photos, unseen)

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"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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University Press of Kentucky
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Women in Southern Culture Series
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6.34(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.01(d)

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Creeker: A Woman's Journey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
billn More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a finalist for the Appalachian Book of the Year Award. Highly recommend it!