Item description for Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place (Center for American Places) (Center Books on the American South) (Center Books on the American South) by Sudye Cauthen...
The Florida I love is perishing, says Sudye Cauthen. In Southern Comforts, this fifth-generation Floridian blends memoir, oral history, and cultural geography to explore the tensions between community and environment in America today and her own ambivalence about Alachua, the place just north of Gainesville where she was born and reared. Cauthen raises a cry for all that is lost as Florida's--and America's--landscapes and traditions are replaced by interstates, condos, shopping malls, and the new way of life they represent.
Part self-reflection, part meditation, and part social analysis, Cauthen's work threads through the stories of blacks, whites, and Native Americans--men and women--including her own family members. Through their words and hers, Cauthen explores northern Florida's unique history, culture, and geography while she seeks a greater understanding of herself and her surroundings.
Cauthen's journey takes readers down dirt roads and city streets, to her people's tobacco fields and churches. She sifts sand at an archaeological dig for the lost Spanish mission of Santa Fe de Toloca, peers into an aboriginal grave, and everywhere marshals evidence for the primacy of place in determining who we are. One story takes us on a fox hunt; another reveals lingering racial problems. Permeating the book is the ever-present menace of growth and development and what it holds for Cauthen's Florida.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2007
Publisher University of Georgia Press
ISBN 1930066589 ISBN13 9781930066588
Reviews - What do customers think about Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place (Center for American Places) (Center Books on the American South) (Center Books on the American South)?
southern comforts rooted in a florida place Apr 5, 2008
Beautifully written, beautifully bound - I purchased six copies and gave five to friends, all of whom love this book.
Southern Comforts Mar 16, 2008
"Southern Comforts" is an evocative prose poem of a place - Alachua, Florida - its countryside and town - its people, Native Americans, black, white, young, old, family, friends, living, and dead - and their stories, fact and fable, that coalese and collect in one woman's search for herself. The author is a rare species, a fifth-generation Floridian whose ancestors came to Alachua in horse-drawn wagons in a state ever increasingly populated with transplants.
"Tell me the landscape in which you live," Cauthen quotes Jose Ortega y Gasset, "and I will tell you who you are." Through her exploration of all aspects of her landscape comes, if not peace, self-knowledge and the comforts of understanding, a portal to the present through memories of things past. "Southern Comforts" points a way to those of us who seek why we are who and where we are and how we may find our way and place in today and tomorrow.
Blends memoir, oral history and cultural geography to consider the vanishing elements of a place she holds dear. Mar 3, 2008
Sudye Cauthen is a fifth-generation Floridian who blends memoir, oral history and cultural geography to consider the vanishing elements of a place she holds dear. Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place is a recommended pick for any library strong on Florida history and culture, surveying the roots of changes to tradition and sense of place and considering archeology as well as history in the process.