Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Local Favorites - Books about Perry and Taylor County

815 West Bay: Views from the End of the Street
by Mary Lou Whitfield
This collection of newspaper columns encompasses nearly fifty years of writing for one of Perry's most favored writers. Many of the articles record historical events, people and places that would otherwise be lost to time. Others are simply observations about everyday life in a small town, but are told with a wit, grace and style that is sure to delight anyone who lives in and loves North Florida. Indexed to make finding family references and historical notes easy, this book is not only a pleasurable read, but a volume that will take its place as a reference for Taylor county history.

When Mimosas Bloom
by Susan Lincoln
Susan Lincoln's reminiscences about family, small towns, and Southern culture reflect the humor and insight of one who knows "from whence she came." Ms. Lincoln is well-known in Perry as the managing editor of Perry Newspapers.

Twisted Justice
by Rube Waddell
The true story of the 1977 "sinkhole murders" in Taylor county. Pick it up, and you won't put it down until you are finished.

Waters Less Traveled
by Doug Alderson
In 2004, Doug Alderson took a kayak trip from the mouth of the Aucilla River to the mouth of the Suwannee. In this book he writes about the places he paddled by in Taylor and Dixie counties. Contains juicy tidbits of Taylor county history as well as interviews with locals.

Along the Edge of America
by Peter Jenkins
Mr. Jenkins spent a few months in Taylor county back in the early 90s and this is his take on our part of the Gulf coast. Includes a story about the drug smuggling during the 70s and 80s as well as a tour through Bloodworth's Drugstore. 

The Life and Times of a Lawman
A biography by Edwina Hauversburk
The life story of long time local lawman Quentin Whittle.  This biography by Mr. Whittle's sister focuses on his 30 year career in law enforcement.

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