Cross Creek

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 20, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 380 pages
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Cross Creek is the warm and delightful memoir about the life of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings—author of The Yearling—in the Florida backcountry.

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 pigs and a succession of unruly farmhands, Rawlings describes her life at the Creek with humor and spirit. Her tireless determination to overcome the challenges of her adopted home in the Florida backcountry, her deep-rooted love of the earth, and her genius for character and description result in a most delightful and heartwarming memoir.
 

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is a wonderful story teller and this book is such a great depiction of Florida and the true cracker lifestyle she chose to live.

Contents

Cross Creek
9
For This Is an Enchanted Land
15
Taking Up the Slack
26
The Magnolia Tree
36
The Pound Party
48
The Census
56
The Evolution of Comfort
64
Antses in Tims Breakfast
72
Residue
130
Toadyfrogs Lizards Antses and Varmints
152
The Ancient Enmity
175
Black Shadows
189
Our Daily Bread
215
Spring at the Creek
254
Summer
279
Fall
309

The Widow Slater
77
Catching One Young
85
Geechee
90
A Pig Is Paid For
105
My Friend Moe
116
Winter
322
Hyacinth Drift
354
Who Owns Cross Creek?
371
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About the author (1996)

Acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize -- winning novel The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1918. She was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Cross Creek, Florida, at the age of thirty-two. Some of her other books include South Moon Under, Golden Apples, When the Whippoorwill, and Cross Creek Cookery. Rawlings published fiction until her death in 1953.

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