Christmas Jelly

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
In the warm style enjoyed by readers of his earlier ten books, storyteller Curt Iles celebrates the life, history, and culture of Christmas in rural Louisiana.

This is a book you’ll cherish for Christmases to come as well as share with family and friends as season.

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About Curt Iles

TheCreek is the home of our writing and stories. Creekbank Stories comes from the location of my writing: my hometown of Dry Creek, Louisiana. Legend has it the native Attakapas Indians named the creek, “Beautiful Creek” and it was corrupted when translated into English.

Regardless, Dry Creek is my home and heart. It’s where I’ve lived for most of my life, the source of my stories, and where my heart feels most at home.

My great great grandfather, John Wesley Wagnon, lived his entire life along Crooked Bayou south of Dry Creek. According to my older relatives he would say, “Boys, this is where I was born and it’s where I plan to turn up my toes.”

I’m not sure Dry Creek is where I’ll “turn up my toes” but it is in my heart and no distance or time can take that away.


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Review by: jack gandy on Dec. 28, 2012 :
Curt Iles is a rare gem among writers. He has a way of telling a story that not only makes it believable, but also makes you feel that you are there. He has a gift of taking the ordinary experiences of life and presenting them in an extraordinary way. I have yet to read one of his books that I did not like, and would not recommend to others
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Jimmy Earl Cooley on Dec. 28, 2012 : (no rating)
This book gives a vivid picture of life in the Louisiana Swamps during the time when homemade jelly was made and disturbuted as presents at Christmas time. At that time almost everyone made jelly or jam from some fruit (blackberries, mayhaws, peachs, plums, huckleberries, dewberries) that they grew or gathered down in the woods near a stream or river. You have not live until you have tasted some of these wonderful mixtures of creative people, down on the farm. My grandmother made blackberry jam and jellies, along with blackbelly wine for the family to consume at Christmas. Curt has captired the essence of this life style and the wonderful people that are associated with the making of jelly and other foods. The inclusion of the recipies along with the chapters is a neat addition that is just a little bit more (cajun term) and intices the reader to venture into the creekbank lore and try some of the wonderful dishes. Curt is a fine storyteller writer and does much justice to the spreading of what life is about in southwest Louisiana. Being from DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, it brought many memories to me of my life and experiences with my own family and friends at Christmas and other times. Curt has done justice to this subject as well as many more of his writings and books about life in cajun, no mans land, and swamp land Louisiana.
Highly recommend this book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Lee McLendon on Dec. 28, 2012 :
Excellent book that demonstrates Curt Iles' style. It is a book that brought back many childhood and adult stories from my own life, having lived in similar surroundings. I highly recommend this any any Curt Iles book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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