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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.
I usually hate the descriptive language in books, but I loved the writing! Enthralling....Ms. Ray has a unique style of writing that "sucks you into the life" she... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Susanna Schumacher
I'm giving this book three stars for its long windedness and its lack of solid structure. Of course this is all person opinion and others might be so overwhelmed by the book's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Whatever
Part story, part description, part memoir, part natural history. . . beautiful, lyrical, inspiring. I loved this book!Published 1 month ago by Dixie Minor
Interesting take on environmental issues with a wildly humorous slant on growing up Southern. Janisse Ray is thoughtful and passionate.Published 6 months ago by Anna Dooley
Rachel Carson and Janisse Ray are pioneers of the environmental movement. Reading Ray's autobiography gives you insight into her upbringing, the history of the Cracker in Europe... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lori Amato
Finished reading this amazing book last night - could not put it down as it is so beautifully written - one of the better memoirs I've read in awhile as it combines the author's... Read morePublished 7 months ago by V. L. Wilson
Not many people have written about our small SE GA region and none as well. The writer is a very unusual person even among our sort as regionally unusual which adds to what she... Read morePublished 9 months ago by george m cauthen