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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
These stories are honest and refrain from sentimentality.
Janisse Ray weaves the story of her childhood and her family through the warp and weft of life in rural Georgia and the ecology of the once vast longleaf pine forests.
Her tone is empathetic and hopeful, and for that reason I came away from this book with a better appreciation of my own family roots and a renewed sense of purpose.
This book should inspire, inform & awe any reader. The author combines personal history with descriptions of the longwood pine area of south Georgia where she grew up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elinor
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (The World As Home) Paperback by Janisse Ray is a good story of Ms. Ray's childhood experiences in a Georgia Cracker upbringing, raised in a... Read morePublished 9 months ago by CDP and his Amazon Habit of purchases! * !
Native SonsLove of family time environment space live in this book. I love the long descriptive poetic sentences, the many little incidents of daily life most people would have... Read morePublished 11 months ago by marshall l dell
I am rarely so moved by the beauty of a book as to shed tears; I can count the number of books that have affected me that way on one hand. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lynn Badger
Went to a writer's workshop conducted by Janisse Ray. This is an engaging, well written, very readable story about growing up unwealthy and white in rural south Georgia in the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bob
A wonderfully written memoir that intertwines interesting information about, of all things, pine trees. An enjoyable read, this is creative nonfiction done right.Published 16 months ago by Susan Marquez
The binding on this book is terrible! We had to purchase this as required reading for my daugher's 9th grade Honors Lit course and her copy is already falling apart! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sumayya Allen
Janisse Ray is a fantastic writer. She writes with eloquence, almost poetic in places. Any book she writes takes me right to that space where she once was or wrote about. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Picard