Atlas of Florida. Edward
A. Fernald, Elizabeth D. Purdum, eds., James R. Anderson, Peter A. Krafft,
cartographers. Gainesville: U. Press of Florida. 280 pages. $29.95
of a million people discovered a new backyard between 1992 and 1995. They
had moved to Florida, which, since the publication of the last Florida
Atlas, is in the throes of continuing urbanization. Any newcomer, or any
Florida old-timers for that matter, should find this newest edition (the
third since 1981) a good way to discover the newest Florida before it morphs
into something else again.
Imaginary Parents. By
Sheila Ortiz Taylor and Sandra Ortiz Taylor. Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico
Press. 260 pages. $35
be a trick we all use in remembering our childhoods, but the authors of
Imaginary Parents make adroit use of colorful word pictures, photographs
and shadow boxes to recreate family dramas of theirs in sharp detail.
by Jerrilyn McGregory, University Press of Mississippi, 171 pgs; softcover
ever picked cotton, ate homemade mayhaw jelly, drowned a wiggler in a bed
of red bellies, stuck a tooth in warm peanut brittle, been to a dinner-on-the-ground
or a hog-killin, sang sacred harp, choked on smoke from burning pecan
leaves, gone snipe hunting--or known anybody who has--then you just might
be from Wiregrass Country
Radios: Short Takes on Life
and Culture. By Jerome Stern. 142 pages. New York: W.W. Norton
& Company. Hardback, $20
at us coyly. Five words bring to mind a trip through the Apalachicola
National Forest, racing home while Jerry Stern tells the world in his very
urgent voice that she is beguiling, seductive. Now, reading those words
in a collection of the late authors radio commentaries, that exact moment
of first hearing jumps into place. Remembering the tone of his voice describing
seduction by French pastries then brings a smile.
Sex, Kids & Politics;
Health Services in Schools. By Catherine Emihovich, Carolyn D. Herrington.
New York: Teachers College Press. 228 pages. Hard cover $46.00, paperback
to a growing concern over rising teenage pregnancy rates and poor health
care for many children, Florida took the lead in exploring alternative
ways to reduce teenage pregnancies. A law was passed in 1990 in spite of
substantive issues that divided the legislature along ideological lines
which ran deep and were not amenable to rational or technical solutions.
Communal Organization and
Social Transition. By Barry Laffan. New York: Peter Lang, American
University Studies. 288 pages. $27.50
case study of the 1960s and 70s, Barry Laffan has produced an ethnographic
investigation of the counter culture. Rural Vermont is the backdrop where
communes, hippies, drop-outs, and LSD form the complex web that leads to
a crisis in self-identity. Placing himself in the midst of the counter-culture
movement, anthropologist Laffan became both an observer and participant.