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“Sparkles with all the colors of our childhood, like the Florida sun setting over the Gulf. A surprising cross-section of thirty-four talented writers, poets, politicians, and entertainers transport us to a state where anything was possible, where memories take on a life of their own and have lasting consequences.”—Victor DiGenti, author of the Windrusher series“Brings bac“Sparkles with all the colors of our childhood, like the Florida sun setting over the Gulf. A surprising cross-section of thirty-four talented writers, poets, politicians, and entertainers transport us to a state where anything was possible, where memories take on a life of their own and have lasting consequences.”—Victor DiGenti, author of the Windrusher series“Brings back a world in which kids played outside unsupervised, when grandmothers wore pearls and smelled of talcum powder and cooked hot breakfasts, and when a mother might spend Sunday morning immersed in the Miami Herald but felt it her duty to have grace said at the dinner table.”—Joy Wallace Dickinson, author of Remembering Orlando Florida can seem like a child’s dream of paradise: endless sunny days, trips to the beach to swim and build sandcastles, bike riding without a jacket in the middle of January, and magical themeparks only a short drive away. But what was life really like for those who grew up here?            During a recent reunion, writers Bill McKeen, Tim Dorsey, and Jeff Klinkenberg found themselves lamenting that so many of their childhood memories were fading away. For them, and for many, Florida is not just a place people go to, it’s where they come from.            That can mean many things to many people, as the stellar cast of writers, journalists, and musicians eloquently reveal in Homegrown in Florida. This utterly satisfying and powerful anthology aims at the heart of the glories of childhood and the pain of growing up. Both a celebration of the exotic, untamed wilderness of a youth filled with moss-draped oaks and citrus fields, evergreen winters and palmetto fronds, and a reminder that innocence often gave way to experience as bike paths became private developments, and swimming holes were paved over by interstates, Homegrown in Florida is filled with tears and laughter alike.            Featuring contributions from Carl Hiaasen, Tom Petty, Zora Neale Hurston, Michael Connelly, and many more, this is a book for every child of old Florida, and every child at heart....

Title : Homegrown in Florida
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ISBN : 9780813042053
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Homegrown in Florida Reviews

  • Craig Pittman
    2019-04-13 15:08

    A collection of memorable yarns about growing up in Florida, and nearly all of them are stunners. Writer and journalism professor William McKeen rounded up stories from well-known authors such as Michael Connelly, Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey and journalists such as Anne Hull, Bill Maxwell and Jeff Klinkenberg (and me) and put them together with poetry and some fiction as a way to tell what it's like to be a kid with sand in your shoes. Some of the stories are short, some are long, but all are interesting. Readers from outside Florida may be surprised to learn that the Sunshine State has a dark side, as Connelly tells about witnessing a crime when he was a teenager, and Klinkenberg writes about a childhood adventure that went horribly awry, and Hull shows how the bright and shiny surfaces of this state hide some painful trade-offs. Highly recommended.

  • Nancy S
    2019-03-25 12:02

    This book was just OK. Maybe I am just disappointed because I had such high expectations and I was so not impressed.

  • Bruce
    2019-04-20 08:02

    I started reading this book because it has a piece by Carl Hiaasen, one of my favorite writers. But the rest of the stories so far have been lovely, charming little portraits of the Florida that used to be, written by a wide variety of great authors who grew up in Florida before it was over-run by development. When I drove through the Cross Creek area of Northern Florida some years ago, I got a little glimpse of what that world must have been like and I would love to see more of the other pockets like that which I am sure must exist elsewhere in the state. This book provides a window into a world of unspoiled nature and the simple pleasures of childhood that once existed all over Florida. Highly recommended for everyone but especially for Floridians and for those who remember what it was like growing up in America forty or fifty years ago or more, whether in Florida or any other state.

  • Helena
    2019-04-08 15:20

    Really good collection of stories and essays from native and naturalized Floridians. Some are heartbreaking (Ken Block's story of his younger brother's fight with cancer, for example), others entertaining, but all are at least decent. It seems to focus heavily on the south Florida/Miami area--not sure if that was intentional or simply how it worked out with the submissions they received. Definitely worth a look for anyone interested reading about life in the Sunshine State.

  • Michael
    2019-03-26 11:11

    Some great stories, always sincere if not always written well. Florida has been so decimated by developers that one can't help but be somewhat nostalgic about the past. Many of the stories focus on the glory of spending time fishing and spending time in a wild landscape.Appropriately, other anecdotes concern Florida's racism and environmental destruction. Good bits by Carl Hiaasen .

  • Kristine Crane
    2019-03-25 07:15

    I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but I couldn't resist reading about growing up in Florida through the years. This book brought back so many memories, good and bad, of being a kid here. Thank you to all the contributors.

  • Kim Freitas
    2019-04-19 13:04

    DNR - I had to put this on my "Do Not Read" list. It contains some of the authors that I like, however, it wasn't the type of book (fiction) that I enjoy. Sorry.

  • Jean
    2019-04-09 12:05

    I normally don't like short stories. This was great!

  • Pat Barrington
    2019-04-03 10:55

    Great short stories.