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Cross Creek [NOOK Book]

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Cross Creek, Rawlings’s first major book after The Yearling, was an adult, non-fiction (or slightly fictionalized) treatment of life in central Florida. Its autobiographical focus on how Rawlings tackled difficulties alone, without a husband, must have had special resonance during the first year of U.S. involvement in World War II, but it also follows a tradition of 1930's American social description.
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Overview

Cross Creek, Rawlings’s first major book after The Yearling, was an adult, non-fiction (or slightly fictionalized) treatment of life in central Florida. Its autobiographical focus on how Rawlings tackled difficulties alone, without a husband, must have had special resonance during the first year of U.S. involvement in World War II, but it also follows a tradition of 1930's American social description.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012399199
  • Publisher: RainWall Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 86,754
  • File size: 306 KB

Meet the Author

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (August 8, 1896 – December 14, 1953)
was an American author who lived in rural Florida and wrote novels
with rural themes and settings. Her best known work, The Yearling,
about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn, won a Pulitzer Prize for
fiction in 1939 and was later made into a movie, also known as The
Yearling. The book was written long before the concept of
young-adult fiction, but is now commonly included in teen-reading
lists. Source: Wikipedia
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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    A Good Historical Read

    I became interested in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings when I moved to Central Florida-- the area she writes about-- six years ago. One of the first places I went kayaking was Orange Lake and Lochloosa Creek. This is the exact area Marjorie Rawlings writes about in her book I had been to her old homestead -- which now also features a wonderful restaurant. After having read The Yearling again and hearing about her life I decided I'd like to read some of her lesser known works. I chose this book because I felt it would give the most complete accounting of her life in this area. I was not disappointed. The book was interesting, well-written and still gave a lot of background I was interested in. The actual characters she portrays were very real yet touchingly sentimental at the same time. It was a hard life and this book portrays it with warmth and humor. I was often surprised at some of her attitudes, for instance, her willingness to kill animals in spite of her generally conservation-oriented feelings but then, life was different in those days and she kills animals to use for food. It was a different time.

    Since reading this book I also rented the video, "Cross Creek" with Mary Steenburgen. It was fun to watch but not terribly true to the book. It was more a mix of The Yearling and Cross Creek with the movie using large chunks of The Yearling story to make the movie. There were also elements from another Rawlings work, Jacob's Ladder, in the movie.

    This book was a good, not-too-demanding read filled with interesting characters and excellent writing that gives a reader a good sense of what life was like for Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in those years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2003

    SIXTY-TWO YEAR OLD BOOK!

    I confess to watching the movie version of Cross Creek several times. I had always planned to read this book, and I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful description of events. The chapter on rattlesnake hunting is a toe curling spellbinder, and the termite decisions are a hoot. It is a funny and exciting human story about a unique area in a different time. It is also isolated Florida at the creek before civil right laws.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    What a wonderful journey

    By chance on my way back to Tampa from St Augustine my friend took a back road to a restaurant in Cross Creek. I've never read any of Majorie's books so after a wonderful meal I decided to read one. I am so glad this was the one I picked. The characters are interesting and her writing is so full of delightful and terrifying moments in time. I can't wait to get back to take a tour of her home which still stands. I will say at first I was offended by the way black folk were perceived by the author but as I read I realized this is the way it was and she was much more tolerant than most. This was after all the deep south in another time. It is a historical account of Florida and the way it was. Like it or not.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    a book I could not wait to own on my nook!

    After reading my paperback so many times it fell apart, I purchased a vintage hardcover.A book I must read at least once a year. Although I return my favorite chapters much more often. Love having it on my nook so it is always with me!! Purchase The Sojourner as well!

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