You may be wondering, how could someone alive today have been raised by a Civil War widow?

And how did the niece of Robert Ball Anderson, a Union Soldier and Nebraska pioneer, wind up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Julie Harris, skiing, hunting and learning ballet at Perry-Mansfield Arts Camp?

To find those answers, you'll have to check out my book, If the Creek Don't Rise: My Life Out West With the Last Black Widow of the Civil War.

Originally published in May of 2006, this memoir begins when I was four and ends around my 18th birthday. I am proud to say it comes highly recommended by Oprah Winfrey herself in O Magazine, and by the University of Colorado's Director of the Center of the American West.



"In her astonishing memoir If The Creek Don't Rise, Rita Williams descends into the caverns of her past and returns with a tale no less dramatic than the rugged mountains where it takes place. A remarkable book by a remarkable writer."

-Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander

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"A remarkable memoir... Every page allows me to live in her thoughts and marvel at how all of us who grew up poor and female are bonded, regardless of where we were raised or who raised us."

-Oprah Winfrey, O, The Oprah Magazine
A PEN Center USA 2007 Literary Awards finalist

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