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Synopsis: Janisse Ray tells how a childhood spent in rural isolation along U.S. Highway 1 grew into a passion to save the almost vanished longleaf pine ecosystem.
Ray describes a childhood spent in a junkyard, a religious background steeped in fundamentalist tradition, and relatives as colorful as any from fiction. She also catalogs the Edenic beauty of longleaf pine forests, where orchids grow at the foot of widely spaced, lofty trees.
Review: The scrubby forests of southern Georgia, dotting a landscape of low hills and swampy bottoms, are not what many people would consider to be exalted country, the sort of place to inspire lyrical considerations of nature and culture. Yet that is just what essayist Janisse Ray delivers in her memorable debut, a memoir of life in a part of America that roads and towns have passed by, a land settled by hardscrabble Scots herders who wanted nothing more than to be left alone, and who bear the derogatory epithet "cracker" with quiet pride.
Ray grew up in a junkyard outside what had been longleaf pine forest, an ecosystem that has nearly disappeared in the American South through excessive logging. Her family had little money, but that was not important; they more than made up for material want through unabashed love and a passion for learning, values that underlie every turn of Ray's narrative. She finds beauty in weeds and puddles, celebrates the ways of tortoises and woodpeckers, and argues powerfully for the virtues of establishing a connection with one's native ground.
"I carry the landscape inside like an ache," Ray writes. Her evocations of fog-enshrouded woods and old ways of living are not without pain for all that has been lost--but full of hope as well for what can be saved. --Gregory McNamee
Title: Ecology of a Cracker Childhood
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Milkweed Editions, 1999. Book Condition: Good. 1st ed. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP14200751
Book Description Milkweed Editions. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Bookseller Inventory # G157131234XI5N10
Book Description Milkweed Editions. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust Cover Missing. Bookseller Inventory # G157131234XI5N01
Book Description Milkweed Editions. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G157131234XI3N10
Book Description Milkweed Editions. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G157131234XI5N00
Book Description Milkweed Editions. Book Condition: Acceptable. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (However the dust cover may be missing). Pages can include considerable notes--in pen or highlighter--but the notes cannot obscure the text. Book may be a price cutter or have a remainder mark. EX LIBRARY. Bookseller Inventory # DU-02-08-07-0080
Book Description Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, 1999. Book Condition: Like New with DJ. First Edition / First Printing. Signed and Inscribed by author on title page.VG + with DJ in Mylar.Memoir growing up in Baxley GA by a future outstanding writer. Signed by Author. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 19402
Book Description Milkweed Editions September 1999, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used. Bookseller Inventory # 542046
Book Description Milkweed Editions September 1999, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used. Bookseller Inventory # 490252
Book Description Pub Group West September 1999, 1999. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 178085