to Florida in February
2014. You can attend or bring this highly popular program to your
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Looking for special Christmas gifts? Patrick Smith's novels make
treasured gifts for anyone. Many, many readers have told us how much
they love Patrick Smith's books, and how they even pass them on to
their children and grandchildren, who also love them. Even non-readers
get hooked on them.
Voted BEST FLORIDA BOOK again for the 10th year in a row and recipient of many awards, read the Guestbook to see what people have to say about ... A Land Remembered
story opens with a rich but despondent Solomon Macivey as he cruises
along Biscayne Bay in his silver Rolls Royce, then jumps back in time
to 1858, when his grandfather, Tobias MacIvey, arrives in the Florida
wilderness to start a new life with his wife and infant son. The
sweeping story that emerges is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring
a memorable cast of crusty, indomitable Crackers battling wild animals,
rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation, hurricanes,
and freezes to carve a kingdom out of a swamp. They survive and
prosper, but at a high cost.
This novel is
revered among readers of all ages. The story is a shocking revelation
to people who only think of Florida as a vacation destination. A Land
Remembered was winner of the Florida Historical Society Tebeau Prize as
the Most Outstanding Florida Historical Novel.
is Patrick Smith explaining how he researched and wrote A Land
Remembered.This is a short excerpt from his award-winning DVD, A Sense of Place (see below).
This award-winning DVD is a "Must See" for all Floridians! Patrick Smith's Florida, A Sense of Place A
perfect companion to A Land Remembered,
this award-winning DVD byPatrick Smith'sson, Rick, allows you to get to
know this beloved author in an intimate and fascinating 54-minute
visit. Patrick Smith's Florida, A Sense of Place,
will take you back in time to a Florida that once was, but which will
never again be. Every Parick Smith reader and fan will love this DVD.
Florida natives and new-comers alike will enjoy this nostalgic trip
back in time. View some samples from the DVD by clicking here.
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A PatrickSmithOnline.com publication ... A White Deer And Other Stories, by Patrick D. Smith.
This is a collection of six short stories and a poem, written
throughout Smith's writing career, going back as far as the 1960's.
They are a delightful trip back into the deep South. The poem was
written when he was 16 years old. Stories include:
• A White Deer
• Journey Into Karma
• Miss Jenny And the Minnows
• The Demise Of Bester Boo Boo
• A Pair Of Blue Shoes
• Fried Mullet And Grits Read this story for FREE, now.
A White Deer And Other Stories is softbound, 104 pages, with chapter illustrations.
Read a sample story for FREE - Fried Mullet & Grits - Click here.
Forever Island & Allapattah Forever Island
has become the classic novel of the Everglades, evoking this haunting
landscape in Patrick Smith's straightforward storytelling style. Since
it first appeared in 1973, it has been published in 36 countries. It
tells the story of Charlie Jumper, an old Seminole Indian who clings to
the ancient ways and teaches them to his grandson. When their simple
swamp existence is threatened by a development corporation, Charlie
decides to fight back. Patrick Smith was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
for this powerful novel, which remains one of his most popular books.
is also a novel of a Seminole in the Everglades. Here Patrick Smith
tells the story of Toby Tiger, a young Indian in despair at having to
live in the white man's world. "Allapattah" means crocodile—a creature
which becomes Toby Tiger's obsession, and he must wrestle it to set
The River is Home
The story revolves around a Mississippi family's struggle to cope with
changes in their rural environment. It is the story of Skeeter, a young
boy growing up in a family poor in material goods but rich in spiritual
values, a family that lived in harmony with their surroundings.
Those surroundings consisted of swamps, woodlands and the ever-present
river that connected them to civiliazations, provided them with an
abundant food supply, and challenged them with periodic floods. How
each member of the boy's family did or did not adapt to the demands of
the river is a study in contrasts.
follows the course of the Teeters, a West Virginia family who came to
Florida to better their lives. What they find is degradation in a
migrant labor camp. His expose of those camps in Angel City
served its intended purpose: to bring about change. Though this novel
served as a social statement, it also works as a well-told social
story, a work of literary art.
This book was written in the 1960s at the height of the Civil Rights
movement, and its publication in 1967 brought varied reactions. As a
whole, the novel was favorably received, but not without its share of
controversy. There were those who agreed that the novel was an accurate
reflection of the times, and there were those who objected to the way
certain levels of society - both black and white - were portrayed. It
would have been impossible back then to write a novel about race
relations in the South without taking shots from someone.Much has changed in the South and the nation since those turbulent times, particularly at this point in the United States' history.
“The Last Ride is
a masterpiece, recording in depth the lives and the world of rodeo
people little known, where the payoff to most is broken bones and 'gas
money.' I predict this book will become a classic.” -Buddy Ebsen
On November 11, 1995, at the age of 25, former bull riding champion
“Pee Wee” Mercer suffered an accident while dismounting a bull at the
Southeastern Circuit Final at Brighton, Florida which resulted in a
broken neck and severed spinal cord, thus changing his life forever. The Last Ride is the dramatic story of his life both before and after the accident.