Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Originally published in 1942, Cross Creek has become a classic in modern American literature. For the millions of readers raised on The Yearling, here is the story of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's experiences in the remote Florida hamlet of Cross Creek, where she lived for thirteen years. From the daily labors of managing a seventy-two-acre orange grove to bouts with runaway pigs and a succession of unruly farmhands, Rawlings describes her life at the Creek with humor and spirit. Her tireless determination to overcome the challenges of her adopted home in the Florida backcountry, her deep-rooted love of the earth, and her genius for character and description result in a most delightful and heartwarming memoir.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012435095
Publisher: Hasbro LTD
Publication date: 05/06/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 168,426
File size: 337 KB

About 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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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