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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 ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published March 20th 1996 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1942)
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Bobby Underwood
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cross Creek is one of the finest memoirs ever written, filled with grace and beauty from one of America's greatest writers, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Perhaps no other writer has so perfectly and honestly captured a place and time like Rawlings did in Cross Creek. It will transport you to that small acreage of backwoods Florida and cause you to wish for a life such as this.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings purchased a seventy-two acre orange grove in this remote area and fled her aristocratic life in the
Diane Barnes
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-reads
I really enjoyed this memoir of Marjorie Rawlings years in Cross Creek, Florida. She began her sojourn there in 1928, at a time in Florida's history before tourists and developers got ahold of it. There was still wilderness and the type of individualists it took to appreciate and make a living in this type of environment. Rawlings best fiction came from this setting, including "The Yearling" which won a Pulitzer for it's portrayal of a family trying to make a go of a farm in backwoods Florida. H ...more
May 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that I've felt I "should" read, jsut because I've been hearing about it for so long. Some of the writing was beautiful. However, I couldn't quite get over how condescending she was to her neighbors.
Some of this was certainly a racist thing. I always have mental battles when this occurs in books of the period when that was generally more accepted. On the one hand, it's a time capsule. But I can never completely remove my own views on all of this. It's really come down (
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all on my list
Vacationing in St. Augustine Fla during the winter was a delight, and to find, as I like to do, a book about the area makes the enjoyment of the respite from ordinary life even better. Cross Creek was the Florida find. I had seen the movie years ago, and was captivated by the time and place as well as Ms. Rawlings and her neighbors at "the creek". As we know movies are normally a thin unsatisfying version of the book they are based on, so as I held the book in my hand I was anxious to read it. I ...more
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Rawlings is a lyrical writer who loves the earth and nature. The book originally published in 1942 is a substantial "should read" and I refer you to Rawlings' background in the "reviews" section. A memoir of Rawlings, the book describes her life as a young woman who takes on running a Florida farm in the 1930's. Her city background and her resourceful determination to live in rural backwoods are delightful. Some of her financial decisions were a little hard to believe. With the benefit of hindsi ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really didn't know much about Florida until my daughter moved down there 5 or 6 years ago. Every visit has turned up some amazing aspect of nature or history. For example, I grew up in the north-east and springs were trickles of water that emerged from wet meadows on mountainsides; in Florida springs are entire rivers that leap, full blown, from a hole in the ground (no mountainsides). During the last visit, a month ago, my daughter took us to Majorie Kinnan Rawlings home just south of Gainesv ...more
Christine CC
Sep 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 1942 edition purchased at 'The Julian Book House' in Julian, CA. caught my eye because the cover was so pretty and, being from Florida, it seemed like something I should have read a long time ago.

I started it this week and I'm a multi-book at a time reader, so I'll complete it in due time. However, I'm already being carried away by Ms Rawlings deep love of the simplicity of her rural community, the people and the natural landscape. She speaks of a lone Magnolia amoung the Orange Trees
Julie Davis
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A souvenir picked up while on vacation in St. Augustine, Florida. I vaguely recall reading this when a young adult but clearly I was unprepared to appreciate the author's lyrical prose style which is laced with a wonderful sense of humor.

It is a clear look at life in back country Florida in 1942 and so sometimes is a bit cringe-worthy. But at that time those things were not cringe worthy which is surely worth reflecting upon in terms of what we do not see as cringe worthy in our own society but
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've never read anything by MKR, not even The Yearling. I had a lovely old copy of that classic, and I gave it away because the movie about the boy and his deer was so sad. I watched it twice and that was it. My only consolation was that "it was just a story." I convinced myself that nothing like that would happen in "real life."

I didn't know what to expect from Cross Creek. I was pleased to find a couple of meaningful quotes on the first few pages:
p 10 "At one time or another most of us at the
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel a special kinship with Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings--we both experience some sort of mystical, spiritual connection with the wildlands, orange groves, and creatures of Florida. Visiting her home a couple of weeks ago for my birthday day trip was exhilarating--I recognized bits of her land and home from her autobiography, and the tour guide made her stories come alive again: the outhouse with the screen door, her fireplace, the hunting dogs, orange groves, pecan trees, the neighbors she adored ...more
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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 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 of the same title, The Yearling. The book was written long before the concept of young-adult fiction, but is now commonly inclu ...more
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