Author Shares Memories of ‘Growing Up In Rural Florida’

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Ronald Martin relives simple living amidst the modern world.

Xlibris, the self-publishing services provider, announced today the release of Growing Up In Rural Florida, a new book authored by Ronald Martin. Here, readers will witness how it is like to live in a rural area, where life remains simple amidst the modern world.

Martin begins by introducing a few essential things in rural Florida, such as cow whips.     Used to drive cattle, a cow whip is part of a cowboy’s work tools. Anyone who could really work one was something special. Where there are cowboys, there are also horses and saddles, and the author shares how he and his brother yearned to have one in their youth. He also takes readers on Florida summers and fishing trips, where some of his most treasured childhood memories took place.

From remembering the chickens at their backyard, hot peppers as staple condiments, hunting trips, holiday food, family, and more, Martin gives readers a nostalgic feeling of familiarity and memories of home. Growing Up In Rural Florida is not only a book that features culture, but also encourages people to look back at their own past and relive moments as if it were yesterday.

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About the Author
Ronald Martin was born in Michigan Valley, Kansas, in1939. He was raised in Polk and Orange County, Florida, and attended Fern Creek Elementary School, Memorial and Howard Middle Schools, and Edgewater High School.

Martin graduated from Rollins College with a BS in General Studies, and in Regis University with an MBA in Business. He worked for thirty-eight years at Martin Marietta, now Lockheed Martin, eight years with IBM, and seven years as a private consultant with Technigraphics.

The author wrote these chronicles to preserve some of the events of his early life and the oral lore shared by his mother and father and uncles. He wanted future generations to have a glimpse of how his family lived in the earlier years of their existence.

Growing Up In Rural Florida* by Ronald Martin
Publication Date: October 20, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 111 pages; 978-1-4535-4883-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 111 pages; 978-1-4535-4884-4
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-4885-1

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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