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Popular History book of Nokomis and Laurel, Fla. Returns

Author, Joan Berry, recently revised The Homesteaders: Early Settlers of Nokomis and Laurel to add new material and update previous information. The original book was published in 1979 sold out for each of its three successive printings. The Homesteaders is not a cut-and-dried history. It offers a good read and an accurate look into a period of Florida history whose pioneers come alive on the pages. The book is published by, the online marketplace for digital content.

Hamilton, OH, December 12, 2008 --( The opportunity to write the original book came to Ms Berry in 1978 when the husband of a close friend was lamenting about not paying more attention to the stories his grandfather told him about his pioneering family. It was suggested that Ms. Berry take on the project of preserving the history of the area by talking to descendents of those early settlers. When she began her interviews, she discovered the oldest members of the families were only two and sometimes three generations away from the original settlers. They had excellent recall of what they had learned from their ancestors, documentation, and photographs. Ms. Berry recorded all interviews for accurate quotes.

"The purpose of writing this book is to preserve the history of the families who settled in Nokomis and Laurel, Florida from 1868 until 1917. These early homesteading families have not been fully recognized for their importance in the development of this area. These families came here under the Homestead Act of 1862 and in near isolation grubbed out farms and groves. They endured many hardships and frustrations to establish a community that formed the basis of the Venice-Nokomis-Laurel areas of today. It is my most ardent desire that the information presented in this book will bring to light their part in making 'our history.' I am especially grateful to those descendants of the homesteading families who provided much valuable information and to other writers who gave permission to use their works when I ran into the problem of no surviving members of a family to interview."

Joan Berry is retired from a 40-year career in award-winning journalism and is currently enrolled as a nontraditional university student to further her studies in Humanities and History. is the premier marketplace for digital content on the internet, with over 300,000 recently published titles, and more than 4,000 new titles added each week, created by people in 80 different countries. Lulu is changing the world of publishing by enabling the creators of books, videos, periodicals, multimedia and other content to publish their work themselves with complete editorial and copyright control. With Lulu offices in the U. S., Canada the UK, and Europe, Lulu can reach the globe.

Also just released is Poetry and Prose from an Appalachian State of Mind by Joan Berry. ISBN 978-0-557-03069-9. Ms Berry may be contacted at

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