Seasons of Real Floridaby Jeff Klinkenberg
No wonder Jeff Klinkenberg loves Florida. At any time of year he can find a place to enjoy or a person with an irresistible story. Arranged by season, the book opens in the fall, which Klinkenberg says is like spring in the north -- a time of celebration. Fair weather, good food, and the joys of nature lie ahead, described here in essays that are like time capsules of "old Florida values." Preserving the past, they reveal Klinkenberg's waggish appreciation of the state's history, folkways, and landscape. Many pieces focus off the beaten path and on modern rogues who seem to turn their backsides to the subdivisions and shopping malls that pave the state. Other pieces pay homage to Klinkenberg's literary heroes who have written in and about Florida, such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Rawlings's companion and memoirist Idella Parker, Everglades crusader Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and novelist Ernest Hemingway. Klinkenberg also revisits an old St. Johns River campsite of nineteenth-century botanist William Bartram, whose encounters with alligators there were as alarming as Klinkenberg's today with beer cans and soda bottles. For anyone who has a stake in the real Florida -- resident, tourist, naturalist, or newcomer -- this tour of the seasons of the state will linger in memory like the aroma of orange blossoms on a clear winter night.
Meet the Author
Florida native Jeff Klinkenberg has been writing for the St. Petersburg Times since 1977. He is the only two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, the highest honor given by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, and the author of Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators.
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I love books about Florida. Jeff writes about the real people of Florida. I love how he tells their story. The book is so interesting and I enjoy how he writes about the people. The book is good old Florida history. It's about people and places we would never think about.
The chapter on flamingos is really funny. I couldn'stop laughing!