Boone, NC, June 05, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Parkway Publishers is pleased to announce the release of a new book by James B. Tippin, Jr. about Florida, entitled Encouragement, Loyalty and Make Do – Growing Up with Citrus and Cypress Along the Indian River During the Great Depression.
Tippin observed that historical accounts of the Great Depression tend to minimize Florida’s fiscal devastation, as well as overlook the fact that the Great Depression came to Florida two full years before the shattering Wall Street crash of 1929. Tippin relates it all from the experiences of his childhood in the areas of Florida now known as Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties. The book is dedicated to the memory of Katherine Storm, MD, from Perkasie, Pennsylvania, who retained Tippin’s father to wrest farmable land from swamp and jungle, and bring fruition to Storm Grove, a premier citrus venture in Vero Beach, Florida. This boyhood homestead is now the site of Vero Beach’s pace-setting Storm Grove Middle School.
Travel along, with callused feet, patched overalls, wired-together shoes, shirts made from animal feed sacks, on a daily, 32-mile one-way bus ride to an awful interruption known as “First Grade.” The author will make you laugh. Though names have been changed, he tells the truth—at once horrible and hilarious.
Tampa Attorney, A. Dallas Albritton, the author’s classmate at Florida State University during the late 1940s, comments from an advance copy of the manuscript “… An acute observer with great memory for visual detail, Tippin has written a boyhood memoir that offers the reader a vivid panorama of ol’ Florida: the swarming mosquitoes, bald eagles and turkey buzzards; black bear, panther and deer; red snapper, snook and blue crab … Intertwined within the larger narrative is a rollicking good story of the escapades of young Tippin and his father, who many a time had sat pow-wow style, knee to knee … to discuss matters of mutual concern. In the inflexible back woods of Indian River County … the swamp aims to reclaim the citrus grove; hurricanes, drought and a polio epidemic leave calling cards; the Depression continues; small events foreshadow the horror of the war to come … What a movie this fine book would make!”
The book is available for purchase online at www.citrusandcypress.com at a retail price of $24.99. The website incorporates credit card and PayPal options for payment, as well as information on shipping charges and state sales tax for North Carolina residents.