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Son of real Florida : stories from my life

Author: Jeff Klinkenberg
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As stories about "Florida Man" inspire wild headlines in the news, Florida's most beloved chronicler is here to show that the state is more than the stereotypes. Award-winning journalist Jeff Klinkenberg has explored what makes Florida unique for nearly half a century, and Son of Real Florida is a compelling retrospective of essays on the state he knows so well. Klinkenberg recounts what it was like to grow up in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Jeff Klinkenberg; Jeff Klinkenberg
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Klinkenberg
ISBN: 9780813056739 081305673X
OCLC Number: 1030580662
Description: 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. My roots --
Dad and Liberace --
Dad and the crawlspace --
The Beatles in Miami --
Keith --
Dad and me --
II. Florida living --
The last beach bum --
The Cedar Key taxi --
The problem with rattlesnakes --
Lions in the backyard --
A swamp wedding --
III. Special Florida people --
Nathan Martin --
Miss Martha --
A cowgirl --
Sheepshead Georg --
A cowboy --
IV. Eating Florida --
Key lime pie --
Joe's stone crabs --
The orange shop --
Bee man --
Robert is here --
Fixing tomatoes --
V. Florida places --
The coral castle --
Solomon's castle --
Mister Cook's garden --
The Fountain of Youth --
Rattlesnake, Florida --
VI. Florida writers and artists --
Patrick Smith --
Clyde Butcher --
Mary Ann Carroll --
Harriet Beecher Stowe --
Michael Gannon --
The photo laureate of Silver Springs --
Louis Armstrong on the ferry --
Billy the Kid Emerson --
The lion's paw --
VII. Seasons of real Florida --
Fall --
Winter --
Spring --
Summer --
VIII. Far south --
The smallest post office --
John Tigertail in the Everglades --
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park --
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park --
The Seven Mile Bridge --
Hemingway House --
The Dry Tortugas --
IX. More special Floridians --
Frog girl --
Murf the Surf --
Charley Morgan --
Ferdie Pacheco --
Roger Hammer among the poisonous plants --
X. A long look back --
A newspaperman in Florida.
Responsibility: Jeff Klinkenberg.

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As stories about "Florida Man" inspire wild headlines in the news, Florida's most beloved chronicler is here to show that the state is more than the stereotypes. Award-winning journalist Jeff  Read more...

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"Whether Jeff is eating Key lime pie or reminiscing about Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach, he tells it as it was and in many cases, still is."--Tampa Bay Magazine "Klinkenberg . . . covers key lime Read more...

 
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