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Creeker: A Woman's Journey

by Linda Scott DeRosier

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Women in Southern Culture
272 pages  Pubdate: 09/12/2010  6 x 9  photos

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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?"

DeRosier’s memoir is both painful and touching as she recounts the hardships encountered after leaving Two-Mile. -- Kentucky Monthly

Creeker is a learning experience, breaking down stereotypes. For the reader who grew up in the region, Creeker is a nostalgic look back at a proud people who do not need to or want sympathy. . . . A must read for all Kentuckians. -- Kentucky Woman

There is nothing typical about this memoir, which is full of not only the language but also the values, humor, and perseverance of DeRosier's family. -- Kirkus Reviews

A lively, irreverent memoir. -- Knoxville News-Sentinel

I keep buying copies of Creeker to give to all my favorite people—what a warm, smart, funny, and enlightening book it is. An unusual combination of fierce intelligence, unstinting honesty, and engaging narrative voice makes this a standout memoir. -- Lee Smith

Quite simply, Creeker is one of the finest autobiographies ever written by a Kentuckian. -- Lexington Herald-Leader

Meets the harshness and the narrowness with a gentle humor while she displays the bonding of family and that of community in all their glory. -- Mountain Eagle

An engaging, entertaining, enjoyable read. -- Now and Then

A frank, in-depth account of mountain mores, the habits and morally binding customs of us mountain people. -- Paintsville Herald

A thoughtful, powerful, and realistic perspective on what it meant to grow up female in Appalachia—and the effects on a person long after the mountains have been left behind. -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Offers a fresh voice from Appalachia. DeRosier generously shares what she has learned from experience, from close observation, and from introspection—all presented with impressive common sense and insight. -- Sandra L. Ballard

An odyssey laced with tenderness and objectivity. -- Southern Seen

Belongs in all Appalachian collections. -- Tennessee Librarian

Creeker more than lives up to the insights one would expect from someone who teaches psychology. -- Ace Magazine

This attentive, frank memoir of an ambitious young woman growing up in Martin County, in rural Eastern Kentucky, gives an interesting and useful feel for the region. -- Appalachian Heritage

This poignant autobiography is a celebration of Appalachia told through the story of one woman. -- Appalachian Quarterly

Rich in language, values, humor, and detail. -- Ashland Independent

DeRosier makes an irresistible companion as she charts how she became who she is, an improbable journey from Linda Sue to Lee to Linda, through college, graduate school, and a first marriage. -- Booklist

A rare gem because it is an astonishing look at life in Appalachia without the ‘spin’ typically put on the portrait by journalists with TV cameras. -- Bourbon Times

With an almost magical use of language, DeRosier offers her readers nuggets of wisdom for every little corner of life. -- Bowling Green Daily News

Effectively blends sociology, memoir, autobiography, coming of age and discovering voice, and probably a whole lot of other things. Most of all, however, it’s a story that tells a tale of our age, and that is priceless for future generations. -- Bowling Green Daily News

Creeker is must reading if you want to understand Appalachian family values. -- Central Record (Garrard Co., KY)

I was prepared neither for the power of DeRosier’s prose nor for the fact that much of her story would have me laughing out loud. -- Huntington Herald-Dispatch

A place this reader delights to be taken, and a person it was a pleasure to meet. -- Huntsville Times

Both a joy to read and a serious exploration of rural Appalachian culture. -- Journal of Appalachian Studies

Does what all good biography and autobiography and memoirs should do—it shows the inner spirit and humanity of an individual, complete with frailties and doubts, rather than trumpeting a list of lifelong accomplishments and good deeds. DeRosier has produced an absolute gem. -- Journal of Southern History

Her narrative is captivating, moving quickly and sensitively, creating a sense of personal connection with the reader. -- Kentucky Libraries

[DeRosier] chronicles her life with honesty, wit, and insight. A tale that begins and ends with family, this is a story not only of accomplishment but of acknowledgement—of self, relationships, the challenges and consequences of choice, and the impact of the past on the present. -- books-regional-us.blogspot.com

Arthur DeRosier has done a wonderful job of recovering and recreating Dunbar’s life and times. -- Frank Cogleano -- Scottish Historical Review