Creeker: A Woman's Journeyby Linda Scott DeRosier
Linda Sue Preston was born on a feather bed in the upper room of her Grandma Emmy's log house in the hills of eastern Kentucky. More than fifty years later, Linda Scott DeRosier has come to believe that you can take a woman out of Appalachia but you can't take Appalachia out of the woman. DeRosier's humorous and poignant memoir is the story of an educated and… See more details below
Linda Sue Preston was born on a feather bed in the upper room of her Grandma Emmy's log house in the hills of eastern Kentucky. More than fifty years later, Linda Scott DeRosier has come to believe that you can take a woman out of Appalachia but you can't take Appalachia out of the woman. DeRosier's humorous and poignant memoir is the story of an educated and cultured woman who came of age in Appalachia. She remains unabashedly honest about and proud of her mountain heritage. Now a college professor, decades and notions removed from the creeks and hollows, DeRosier knows that her roots run deep in her memory and language and in her approach to the world. DeRosier describes an Appalachia of complexity and beauty rarely seen by outsiders. Hers was a close-knit world; she says she was probably eleven or twelve years old before she ever spoke to a stranger. She lovingly remembers the unscheduled, day-long visits to friends and family, when visitors cheerfully joined in the day's chores of stringing beans or bedding out sweet potatoes. No advance planning was needed for such trips. Residents of Two-Mile Creek were like family, and everyone was "delighted to see each other wherever, whenever, and for however long." Creeker is a story of relationships, the challenges and consequences of choice, and the impact of the past on the present. It also recalls one woman's struggle to make and keep a sense of self while remaining loyal to the people and traditions that sustained her along life's way. Told with wit, candor, and zest, this is Linda Scott DeRosier's answer to the question familiar in Appalachia--"Who are your people?"
"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!