A Woman's Journey

Author: Linda Scott DeRosier

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813137403

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 3042

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?"


Author: Edward Lee

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781456403263

Category: Fiction

Page: 261

View: 7582

Crick City is a small hick town. Violent, mean and dirt-poor, it's a place nobody wants to call home.But for homicide cop Phil Straker, it is home. And now someone—or something—is turning his boyhood town into a bloody sideshow of mutilation and gruesome carnage.They're called Creekers. Centuries old, driven by rage and lust for revenge, they move through the deep, dark woods— deformed, shadowy outcasts with twisted faces and blood-red eyes. Now, as the moon hangs low over their ancient house, they're gathering for a harvest of terror and death Crick City will never forget...

Across the Rio Colorado

Author: Ralph Compton

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781429903158

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4061

Across rivers of blood and plains of tears, he led a wagon train toward a country fighting to be born. . . Miners dug for fortunes. Soldiers died on open plains. And a few brave men drove the wooden freight wagons into the wild land. Now, master Western novelist Ralph Compton tells the real story of the tough-as-leather men who first blazed the way into the untamed frontier. Texas! For the pioneers who streamed out of Missouri it was a land of dreams and freedom. Veteran wagon boss Chance McQuade, a man deadly with a pistol and Sharps, had signed on to take a hundred families there. But the man who hired McQuade was joining the wagon train, and turning it into a brawling, rolling city of sin and violence. Now, on the hard drive West, McQuade faces Kiowa, lightening storms, and killers behind his back-all to reach a promised land that's erupting into war.

The Creakers

Author: Tom Fletcher

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241320976

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 368

View: 9830

What would you do if you woke up to find all the grown-ups had disappeared? If you're like Lucy Dungston, you'll do anything to get to the bottom of it. With no grown-ups, chaos descends on Lucy's town. Kids are running wild, building roads of trampolines and eating cereal for every meal - but Lucy wants her mum back, and nothing is going to stop her. Not even the monsters who live in the upside-down world beneath her bed... Tom Fletcher's bestselling story is packed with stinkerful black-and-white illustrations by the disgustingly talented Shane Devries and is perfect for kids to read independently or together with a grown-up! Praise for The Creakers: 'A stonkingly good novels for the over-sevens . . . gleeful descriptions of malodorous underworld creatures, it's both a compelling adventure and a nuanced celebration of friendship and family love' The Guardian 'The illustrations are stunning and the storyline is full of twists and great ideas' R Patterson, Toppsta Reviewer '10 out of 10 bum trumps!' Guff the Creaker

The Creekers

Author: Jeanne Martz

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475998333

Category: Fiction

Page: 122

View: 2262

Along a five-mile stretch of creek that runs through East Sheridan Community lives a proud band of misfits who just want to fit into society. Brought to life in a collection of twelve short stories, the scrappy "Creekers" work hard to put food on their tables. But even as they face a harsh reality, the Creekers occasionally dare to dream of another life. Reverend Jones, a pillar of peace and harmony that unites East Sheridan Community, is competing in an annual charity race against notorious tough guy Roy Dean Youngblood for a lucrative prize. But after the race concludes, Youngblood surprises Jones with a prize he never expected. Dixie Hawthorne, the girl of Larry Kincad's high school dreams, has been living in the fifties for the past twenty-five years. When Larry meets her, he too is transported back in time. Chilled to the bones on tradin' night, young Billy Wesley finally summons the courage to set things straight in his dysfunctional family. In this charming collection of short tales set in the rural Midwest, a poor, hardworking class of people from the wrong side of the creek learns to embrace all life has to offer with passion, determination, and hope.

Steep Creeks of New England

A Paddler's Guide : 29 Class V Runs for the Experienced Whitewater Enthusiast

Author: Greg Hanlon,Sue Hanlon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781889787053

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 144

View: 8081

This book provides cutting-edge paddlers with a guide to 29 of the most extreme runs in New England, while allowing armchair creekers a glimpse of the steepest stuff from the safety of their living rooms. Steep Creek of New England is sure to become a classic among New England steep creekers. The intentionally brief descriptions, along with technical data on each river, makes this guide ideal for class V boaters looking for their next challenge.

Songs of Life and Grace

Author: Linda Scott DeRosier

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813122762

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 228

View: 525

In the follow-up to her memoir "Creeker," DeRosier describes the married life of her parents Lifie Jay Preston and Grace Mollette -- the Life and Grace of the title. They raised their daughters in an eastern Kentucky life which held song and heartache, but yet the loving power of family brought many ills to bear.

Coal Camp Teens

Proud Creekers

Author: Margie J. Pittman

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1468530461

Category: Humor

Page: 156

View: 6869

Join this, often humorous, walk down memory lane. Find out: Why an apple rolled down the Isle of the Putney church, If Ed got the point, Where Gobbler's Knob is, Who cooked Steve's duck, Where did Jody get that prize beagle, What was Jerry's surprise, Why Emma's play was canceled, How David got into such a tight situation, Why did Jesse James get kicked out of school, Who in the world is "Pampers," Why did Raymond un-quit, How come Larry's Lincoln was only a two speed, And who Sparky is. We survived, with some wonderful memories. This teenage stuff isn't always easy, but it can be great fun. Teenagers are a strange mixture of hormones, guts and uncertainty. Add in a healthy dose of orneriness, a lot of rock-and-roll, a dance step or two, a few likeminded friends and you'll get trouble enough. If however, you throw in, a little coal dust, a swimming hole, a taste of Roy's moonshine, a bunch of school skipping, some military service, red blue jeans, Judy's bottle of Listerine, and a thick layer of snow and ice, then you have real West Virginia Coal Camp trouble. To say that we grew up poor is an understatement, but don't forget, we grew up in a great country that afforded us luxuries and opportunities that make us seem very wealthy in the eyes of most of the world. For that I am very grateful. "Coal Camp Teens" weren't so different from other teens, or were they? The rich culture of the mines and the hills, blended together to fashion people who were especially strong. No one ever said that teenage years were easy. Sure there were fun times and memories that will be cherished for the rest of our lives. There were also lessons to be learned. Learning lessons is especially hard when you think you already know it all. There is nothing good about a paddling, unless you learn something from it. There is not much good that can be said about war, except when it is necessary to preserves our freedom. In much the same way, the trials and temptations that filled our teenage years are nothing to brag about, except that they made us what we are today. "Coal Camp Teens" explores the strange world of the teenager. In particular, the teenager growing up in the coal camps of Campbell's Creek, West Virginia.

My Appalachia

A Memoir

Author: Sidney Saylor Farr

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813145678

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 5727

Although Sidney Saylor Farr is renowned in the field of Appalachian studies, her own fascinating personal history has been little known until now. My Appalachia is Farr's story of growing up in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, where her devotion to her family led her to accept crushing responsibilities that steered her away from her own goals. Her intense determination, however, compelled her to find her own path in life and gave her the strength to become one of the most influential figures in her discipline. At the age of twelve, Farr was forced to leave school to care for her ailing mother and several younger siblings. Given the responsibilities of adulthood early in life, she pushed herself through countless challenges, including poverty, discrimination, and personal loss. Yet she managed to thrive -- she educated herself, raised two sons, and became a voice for her family, community, and culture. In My Appalachia, Farr shares the stories of her struggles and triumphs to create a vivid picture of a culture as enduring as the mountains. Composed of a rich mix of folklore, family history, and spiritual and intellectual exploration, My Appalachia reveals the beauty at the heart of life in Appalachia.

Songs of Life and Grace

A Memoir

Author: Linda Scott DeRosier

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 081315989X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

View: 9564

On a muggy, late August afternoon in 1936, somewhere along the banks of Greasy Creek, Life found Grace -- walking the dusty mile between work and home in a brand new pair of leather kitten-heeled pumps, blond curls bouncing in the sun. Two weeks later, Lifie Jay Preston and Grace Mollette married, a union that lasted until their deaths fifty-eight years later. There was something about them, their daughter Linda would discover, a kind of radiance and love of living that would mark them in the memories of every person they encountered -- a song that resonates years after their passing. Songs of Life and Grace is their story, told by the daughter whose own life grew out of their loving ministries and Appalachian sensibilities. Linda Scott DeRosier, the celebrated author of Creeker: A Woman's Journey, draws on family letters and lore, interviews, and her own recollections to reach a better understanding of her parents and the families that formed them both. Along the way, she introduces an unforgettable cast of characters: the formidable Grandma Emmy; Uncle Burns, an infamous ladies' man; helpless and simple Aunt Jo; and gentle Pop Pop, who could peel an apple in one long, unbroken spiral. A stirring, honest look at Appalachia and a tribute to the unbreakable bonds of family, Songs of Life and Grace establishes DeRosier as one of the most vital and exciting new voices of the American South.

The Magic Cake Shop

Author: Meika Hashimoto

Publisher: Yearling Books

ISBN: 0375867945

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 159

View: 9683

When ten-year-old Emma Burblee's beautiful but snobbish parents banish her to Nummington for the summer with her loathsome Uncle Simon, she is befriended by the seemingly magical town baker, Mr. Crackle, who soon becomes a target of Simon and his associate.

The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder

New Tools and Techniques to Stop Walking on Eggshells

Author: Randi Kreger

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1592857833

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

View: 7202

Gentle counsel and realistic advice for families contending with one of today's most misunderstood forms of mental illness. "Randi Kreger has done it again! With her new book, she continues to make the dynamics of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) readily accessible to those of us who love, live with and treat people who suffer from this complex condition." Blaise Aguirre, MD, Medical Director, Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Residential Program, McLean Hospital"Kreger's communication techniques, grounded in the latest research, provide family members with the essential ability to regain a genuine, meaningful relationship with their loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder." Debra Resnick, Psy.D., President, Psychological Services and Human Development Center"This book offers hope for those who think their situation has none." Rachel Reiland, author of Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality DisorderFor family members of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), home life is routinely unpredictable and frequently unbearable. Extreme mood swings, impulsive behaviors, unfair blaming and criticism, and suicidal tendencies common conduct among those who suffer from the disorder leave family members feeling confused, hurt, and helpless.In Stop Walking on Eggshells, Randi Kreger's pioneering first book which sold more than 340,000 copies, she and co-author Paul T. Mason outlined the fundamental differences in the way that people with BPD relate to the world. Now, with The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder, Kreger takes readers to the next level by offering them five straightforward tools to organize their thinking, learn specific skills, and focus on what they need to do to get off the emotional rollercoaster:Take care of yourselfUncover what keeps you feeling stuckCommunicate to be heardSet limits with loveReinforce the right behaviorsTogether the steps provide a clear-cut system designed to help friends and family reduce stress, improve their relationship with their borderline loved one, improve their problem-solving skills and minimize conflict, and feel more self-assured about setting limits.Randi Kreger is the co-author of Stop Walking on Eggshells and the author of The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook. She operates, one of the top web-based resources for those living with BPD, and runs the Welcome to Oz online family support groups based at her web site. Cofounder of the Personality Disorder Awareness Network, Kreger is frequently invited to lecture on BPD and related issues, both for clinicians and laypeople.

What My Heart Wants to Tell

Author: Verna Mae Slone

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813101743

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 143

View: 9085

Slone describes her life at rural Caney Creek in Knott County, Kentucky, including her childhood experiences, her determination to refute common stereotypes, and her association with educator Alice Lloyd.

Kentucky Justice, Southern Honor, and American Manhood

Understanding the Life and Death of Richard Reid

Author: James C. Klotter

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 9780807131589

Category: History

Page: 197

View: 8964

When attorney John Jay Cornelison severely beat Kentucky Superior Court judge Richard Reid in public on April 16, 1884, for allegedly injuring his honor, the event became front-page news. Would Reid react as a Christian gentleman, a man of the law, and let the legal system take its course, or would he follow the manly dictates of the code of honor and challenge his assailant? James C. Klotter crafts a detective story, using historical, medical, legal, and psychological clues to piece together answers to the tragedy that followed. “This book is a gem. . . . Klotter’s astute organization and gripping narrative add to the book’s appeal. . . . [He] has written a fascinating book that will be of interest to a wide audience.” —American Historical Review “A moving story well told, it does force the reader to reflect on our own era and consider whether we value leaders who respect the rule of law or those who believe that honor demands swift and bloody vengeance no matter the costs.” —Ohio Valley History “A rich and compelling work that offers fresh insights into the tense interplay among religion, law, and honor in the American South.” —Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Death To The French

Author: C. S. Forester

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 1780226950

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 4061

A stand-alone novel that inspired Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series It is 1810, and the last French invasion of Portugal has penned Wellington's army behind the river Tagus with their backs to the sea. Separated from his regiment, Rifleman Dodd of the Ninety-Fifth stumbles on a band of undisciplined Portuguese guerrillas. With rough inventiveness he transforms this ramshackle group into an organised fighting force, continually harrying the infuriated enemy as he battles his way back to his own lines. Written by the author of the Hornblower series, DEATH TO THE FRENCH is a classic novel of the Peninsular War, and was the inspiration for Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe books.

The Tribes of America

Journalistic Discoveries of Our People and Their Cultures

Author: Paul Cowan

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595582304

Category: Social Science

Page: 311

View: 7754

A prescient and deeply empathetic work based on seven years of reporting from the front lines of the culture wars that continue to divide America. From reporting on a viscious battle over school textbooks in West Virginia to the miners' strike in Harlan, Kansas, Cowan journeyed deep into misunderstood communties across America to depict American struggles, prejudices and hopes.

Change of Seasons

A Memoir

Author: John Oates,Chris Epting

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250082668

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 9829

John Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock ‘n roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul, and R&B. Meeting and teaming up with Daryl Hall in the late 1960s, they developed a style of music that was uniquely their own but never abandoned their roots. John uncovers the grit and struggle it took to secure a recording contract with the legendary Atlantic Records and chronicles the artistic twists and turns that resulted in a DJ discovering an obscure album track that would become their first hit record. This is not your typical rock and roll story. John was focused creating great music. Along the way he achieved incredible success, battling the ever-changing pop music landscape and coming to terms with complex managerial, business, and personal challenges. Daryl Hall and John Oates have over 20 albums together, more than 60 million records sold, and 29 Top 40 hits. They are the most successful pop duo in the world and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet John’s story has never been told. Relying on his many hand-written journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories spanning his entire life with a journalist’s eye and a poet’s heart. In Change of Seasons, John shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the reader on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities and music that has shaped him into what he is.

Gap Creek

A Novel

Author: Robert Morgan

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616201789

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 3286

A New York Times Bestseller & Oprah's Book Club Pick Young Julie Harmon works “hard as a man,” they say, so hard that at times she’s not sure she can stop. People depend on her to slaughter the hogs and nurse the dying. People are weak, and there is so much to do. At just seventeen she marries and moves down into the valley of Gap Creek, where perhaps life will be better. But Julie and Hank’s new life in the valley, in the last years of the nineteenth century, is more complicated than the couple ever imagined. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what to fear most—the fires and floods or the flesh-and-blood grifters, drunks, and busybodies who insinuate themselves into their new life. To survive, they must find out whether love can keep chaos and madness at bay. Their struggles with nature, with work, with the changing century, and with the disappointments and triumphs of their union make Gap Creek a timeless story of a marriage.

Married to a Stranger

Author: Nahid Rachlin

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

ISBN: 0872866629

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

View: 9619

A woman's struggle for self-realization in contemporary Iran, a novel with "the clarity and spare sensuousness of Persian poetry or miniature painting."-Ruth Prawer Jhabvala When Minou Hakini marries a man of her own choosing—an intellectual and a radical—and moves to Abadan, a thriving oil town near the Iraqi border, she imagines her life will be adventurous and liberating. Before long, however, she becomes aware of her husband's suspicious liaisons and dangerous activities. Her struggle to forge her own identity as a woman in contemporary Iran is charged with passion, anger, and finally a need to escape. “The ecstasies and disillusionments of first love are the stuff of great tragedies and cheap romances, but Nahid Rachlin has done something else with this familiar theme, and something more, though her style is elegantly simple . . . ” —The New York Times Book Review ". . .Rachlin (Foreigner) tells her story with economy and suspensefulness, weaving strands of unstable political life and sexual secrecy--in a small, vivid closeup of life in Iran at that fateful hour, within a society that had become its own prisoner." —Kirkus Reviews Nahid Rachlin is an Iranian-American who lives in New York and teaches at Barnard College. She is the author of Foreigner and The Heart's Desire, both novels, and Veils, a collection of short stories.