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Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife

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Part family memoir, part political commentary, part apologia, Dream State tells the grand and sometimes crazy story of Florida through the eyes of one of its native daughters. Acclaimed journalist and NPR commentator Diane Roberts has many family secrets to tell. Roberts’s ancestors helped settle Florida, kill off its pesky Indians, enslave some of its inhabitants, clear i ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 8th 2006 by University Press of Florida (first published October 26th 2004)
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I am ready to quit my job and go be Diane Roberts' graduate assistant, despite the fact that I've already had several Tallahassee nearmisses. Could there be a fourth? I grew up reading her columns in the St. Pete Times, and I love her even more after reading this book. If you're from dear F-L-A, this is a must read. I can see the light now.
I enjoyed reading about Florida’s insane history. And the author is ideally poised (8th generation Floridian) and talented (scholar and NPR commentator) to tell the story. I believe this book is best read by Floridians with some knowledge of Florida, especially the panhandle and Tallahassee areas because I enjoyed the parts about the west coast of Florida where I live (St. Pete area) the most. I felt some of her wit was unclear unless one has insider knowledge, then it was hilarious. It’s a book ...more
If you are at all interested in the peculiar state that I call home then you must read this book. Yes, it is a history book; however it is not written like a traditional monograph. She interweaves her personal family history with myth and lore. Each story that she tells could potentially be a book on its own and I find myself wanting to put the book down and do further research on all sorts of topics. For now, I just want to finish reading it and then go back and find out more. When I started re ...more
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Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors,, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife by Diane Roberts (Free Press 2004)( 975.9) Florida native writes about her home state. My rating: 7/10, finished 2006.
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i didn't finish the book. maybe if i had more a connection to florida it would have held my interest better.
An absolute must for any Floridian.
A nice bit of nostalgia that makes me remember fondly the bits of Florida that haven't yet been paved. Not too many surprises, however, for someone well-versed in Florida folklore and disinterested in the author's particular family history.
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