Floridians Should Read These Books!

  • Travels, William Bartram, 1791
  • Palmetto-Leaves, Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1873
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston, 1937
  • The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1938
  • The WPA Guide to Florida, edited (among others) by Stetson Kennedy 1939
  • Palmetto Country, Stetson Kennedy, 1942
  • The Lion’s Paw, Robb White, 1946
  • Everglades: River of Grass, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 1947
  • The Deep Blue Goodbye, John D. MacDonald, 1964
  • Oranges, John McPhee, 1966
  • Ninety-Two in the Shade, Thomas McGuane, 1972
  • Condominium, John D. MacDonald, 1977
  • A Land Remembered, Patrick D. Smith, 1984
  • Tourist Season, Carl Hiaasen, 1987
  • The Man Who Invented Florida, Randy Wayne White, 1993
  • Florida: a Short History, Michael Gannon, 1993
  • A Naturalist in Florida, Archie Carr, 1994
  • Anna in the Tropics, Nilo Cruz, 2002
  • Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams, Gary Mormino, 2005
  • Shadow Country, Peter Matthiessen, 2008
  • Devil in the Grove, Gilbert King, 2012
  • The Gulf, Jack E. Davis, 2017

Dear Abby

When I was a kid, my mother — the astonishing Beatrice Mary Grace O’Donnell Klinkenberg — was an avid reader of “Dear Abby” as published in The Miami News. I could always count on finding one of her columns cut out and taped to the refrigerator where I could easily read it and understand that mothers were always right and know-it-all sons always wrong. “Wake up and smell the coffee!” my mother often declared, as did Abby. Must have also been true for John Prine.