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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 woma ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 21st 2002 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published 1999)
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It doesn't, or shouldn't, take any deep psychology as to why I enjoyed this book. I did. A lot. And mostly because, even though I didn't grow up in Eastern Kentucky, I recognized so many of the things that Ms. DeRosier talked about when she discussed the attitudes and traditions held on by the hillbillies and Creekers of the area. Reading this book made me understand some of the reasons my family operates the way it does. My grandmother was born in a holler. We have celebrated Decoration Day (Me ...more
I loved this book. As a school teacher who sees capable students, even gifted ones squander their educational opportunities, I could relate to her story. A quote that has stayed with me is "I graduated from high school with an IQ to die for and a head full of nothing." She also talks about the teachers who prepared her so that when she was ready she would have what she needed to get a college degree. I also was struck by her observations about what people assume about people from the hills of Ke ...more
This book took me forever "to get in to". The first third was very back and forth. Once she hit college it was all 5 stars from there. I loved her insights and they spoke to me in a very real way. As a woman who sometimes feels I have ended up in realy great places without making deliberate choices to be there I could relate much of the story.
I understand that this is a popular book-club read, but much too long for my tastes. As such, it's a well-written memoir, and with Derosier's credentials it should be. I like that she added photographs, letters, and bits of dialogue to break up the narrative. She is funny at times, and soul-searching, as all memoirists seem to be. I'd say that this is a fair portrait of a time and a place.
My husband's family is from Eastern Kentucky, and this book rings true to the attitude, steadfastness, and strong desire of the Appalachian woman. This could have been his grandmother, aunt, or cousin. I liked the way the book was narrated to include the reader as a part of the events as they unfold.
I could certainly relate to this book, although I grew up in southcentral Kentucky. Many of the descriptions of her childhood and youth brought back my own memories of growing up among extended family where everybody in a community had some kind of tie. Families and friends got together to work, to celebrate, to live.
While this was written about life in the hollers of Appalachia, its voice, dialect, expressions, and stories reminded me so much of my life and that of my family in rural Central Georgia. This was such an enjoyable book to read and useful as well as I delve into my own past for my MFA thesis.
I loved this book. I may be a Kentucky native, but I'm not from the mountains (other end of the state). I'm fascinated by my Appalachian fellow Kentuckians and this book is a great introduction, not to mention a compelling story, By all means, read it!