Creeker: A Woman's Journey

Creeker: A Woman's Journey

by Linda Scott DeRosier
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ISBN-10:
081319024X
ISBN-13:
9780813190242
Pub. Date:
06/21/2002
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
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Creeker: A Woman's Journey

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?"

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ISBN-13: 9780813190242
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 06/21/2002
Series: Women in Southern Culture
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,277,027
Product dimensions: 0.61(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you for makeing it OK to a Hillbilly from Kentucky. The book brought back some wonderful memories of my visits to my relitives in Pine Hill, KY. Their lives were hard but you would have never known that by the way they loved, lived and worshiped. My life is better because of those visits to rual Kentucky.