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March's Book
Creeker: A Woman’s Journey
by Linda Scott DeRosier

Inside dust cover:

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 is 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?”

A native of eastern Kentucky, Linda Scott DeRosier is professor of psychology at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.

Back cover:

“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

“DeRosier captures this extraordinary part of America in a way that no outsider could because she is not just from the land, but of the land. Creeker is as lively and colorful as a patchwork quilt—and just as genuine—thanks to DeRosier’s wit and wisdom and grace.”
Myra McLarey, author of Water from the Well

“I cannot recall reading any autobiographical work which explores the Appalachian identity so thoroughly or so well.”
Sandra L. Ballard, Carson-Newman College

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