Dream State

Dream State

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

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Baker & Taylor
A history of the twenty-seventh state as reflected by the columnist author's research and family ties includes a detailed exploration of Florida's founding and considers the roles of such recognized figures as Catherine de Medici and Jeb Bush as well as numerous lesser-known historical contributors. 30,000 first printing.

Book News
François Brouard moved to Florida in 1799, becoming, as Francis Broward, the progenitor of a family that was to become "so absorbed into the groundwater of Florida that they barely notice their names on the maps and the buildings anymore." Related by blood and marriage to the Browards and other families of the white Florida establishment, Roberts (English, U. of Alabama) uses their stories as an often humorous window into the history of the state, tracing their exploits from that first Broward to cousin Donald Tucker's support of the Equal Rights Amendment during his time as Florida Speaker of the House. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Part family memoir, part political commentary, part apologia, Dream State is all Floridian, telling the grand and sometimes crazy story of the twenty-seventh state through the eyes of one of its native daughters.
Journalist and NPR commentator Diane Roberts has many family secrets and she's ready to tell them. Like the time her cousin State Senator Luther Tucker wrapped his Caddy around a tree, allegedly with a jug of moonshine on the seat next to him. Or how cousin Susan Bradford was given an African girl for her eighth birthday. Or the time when cousin Enid Broward was made the May Queen of 1907, even though her daddy the governor shocked the state by trying to drain the entire Everglades. Roberts' ancestors helped settle Florida, kill off its pesky Indians, enslave some of its inhabitants, clear its forests, lay its train tracks, and pave its roads, all the time weaving themselves into the very fabric of this dangling chad of a state.
Roberts lays out the sweeping history of eight generations of Browards and Bradfords, Tuckers and Robertses, even as she Forrest Gumps them into situations with more historically familiar names. Whether it's the American court of Catherine de Medicis, the Tallahassee court of Katherine Harris, Henry Flagler's boardroom - not to mention his bedroom - or Jeb Bush's statehouse, you're likely to find a branch or a root of the Roberts family growing entangled nearby.
Starting in the recent past with the botched presidential election of 2000, Roberts introduces the many sides of the debate, coincidentally peopled with cousins both kissing and close. She then goes back to Florida's first inhabitants, showing how this alluring peninsula many called a paradise played a role in the destiny of those who settled there. Following their colorful progress up to the present, she renders them all with a deep, familial affection.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents a humorous history of the state of Florida, told as a memoir of the antics and mishaps of eight generations of the author's Florida family.

Simon and Schuster

Part family memoir, part political commentary, part apologia, Dream State is all Floridian, telling the grand and sometimes crazy story of the twenty-seventh state through the eyes of one of its native daughters.

Acclaimed journalist and NPR commentator Diane Roberts has many family secrets and she's ready to tell them. Like the time her cousin state Senator Luther Tucker wrapped his Caddy around a tree, allegedly with a jug of moonshine on the seat next to him. Or how cousin Susan Branford was given an African girl for her eighth birthday. Or the time when cousin Enid Broward was made the May Queen of 1907, even though her daddy the governor shocked the state by trying to drain the entire Everglades. Roberts' ancestors helped settle Florida, kill off its pesky Indians, enslave some of its inhabitants, clear its forests, lay its train tracks, and pave its roads, all the time weaving themselves into the very fabric of this dangling chad of a state.

With a storyteller's talent for setting great scenes, Roberts lays out the sweeping history of eight geberations of Browards and Bradfords, Tuckers anf Robertses, even as she Forest Gumps them into situations with more historically familiar names. Whether it's the American court of Catherine de Médicis, the Tallahassee court of Katherine Harris, Henry Flagler's boardroom -- not to mention his bedroom -- or Jeb Bush's statehouse, you're likely to find a branch or a root of the Roberts family growing entangled nearby.

Starting in the recent past with the botched presidential election of 2000, Roberts introduces the many sides of the debate, coincidentally peopled with cousins both kissing and close. She then goes back to Florida's first inhabitants, showing how this alluring peninsula many called a paradise played a role in the destiny of those who settled there. Following their colorful progress up to the present, she renders them all with a deep, familial affection.

Florida has forced itself into the collective American unconscious with its messed-up elections, anthrax scares, shark attacks,boat lifts, snowbirds, and the Bush dynasty. While exposing the real people whom Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard have been fictionalizing for years, Dream State ultimately reveals the cogs and wheels that make the state tick.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780743252065
0743252063
Characteristics: 355 p. : map ; 24 cm

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