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Charlotte's Story: A Florida Keys Diary 1934 & 1935 Paperback – March, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0961915544 ISBN-10: 0961915544

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel & Herbert Inc (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961915544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961915544
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was a fun easy read that just couldnt be put down.
K. Woodley
When the book went out fo print, the clamor for it was so great that Laurel and Herbert republished and reedited it in 1998.
Alma H. Bond.
GREAT historical read about Florida's Keys and an adventurous lifestyle, what an interesting couple!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Alma H. Bond. on January 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Charlotte's Story, written by Charlotte Arpis Niedhauk, edited by Mary-Alice Herbert, and published by Laurel and Herbert, is a fascinating page turner as well as an important historical document of how a young couple managed to exist alone on an isolated Florida Key in 1934-5. Their survival reminds one of the manner in which people lived before the advent of electricity, supermarkets, running water, or any of the modern conveniences. Their "store" was the beach, where they would look for and find what they needed from raw materials cast forth by the ocean. Charlotte's resourceful husband Russ would make such objects as a dipper from a coconut shell with a handle carved from a madiera limb, a windproof ashtray from the bottom of a shell, fish and lobster traps, kitchen cabinets, and even a jewelry box from a coconut for Charlotte from their "lumber store," the beach. City-bred Charlotte learned to cope with mosquitoes, sandflies, and scorpians, and even how to scull a boat. Their island home was visited by a potpouri of strange, often frightening characters, who threatened theri lives and made off with their property. No one who reads the book will ever forget the couple's experience in the terrible hurricane of Sept. 3, 1935. According to a newspaper report, the barometric pressure was the lowest ever recorded in thehistory of world weather. Excerpts are given from Russ's diary, i.e."Violent wind squalls lasting from 20 to 25 minutes. Sometimes with wind bursts to 70 or 80 miles per hour....Charlotte is sitting on the floor in the open doorway. She saw the tide receed 50 feet before each squall, and then return with a rush. Each time a little higher. No waves visible. The wind has blown the tops off. Afraid for our boat at high tide...Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Marr on February 8, 2005
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While seeking some new Keys Fiction I had the good fortune to have this gem of personal prose proposed by a good bookseller. Normally I like fiction, but I was desperate for a book to read beside the Gulf, and what a read it was. This is the Florida of legend, the roots of Hall, White and Corcoran can be found here. The difference is this is real. Islands with one owner, bootleggers, rum running, customs men, body dumping, good old boys and gals, boat "lighteners," conch lassoing, lime tree tending, chowder cooking and endless beach combing for demi-johns, mahogany, cedar, planks and boxes. All told in simple, straight-forward prose. What I am trying to put into words is that this is an enjoyable adventure in reality for those of us who like the fictional adventure of the contemporary Keys writers. Oh. and the wicked developers are not there yet, but the sense of their impending arrival is clearly here in the devil may care attitude many express who live in this wonderful piece of history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Sabin VINE VOICE on September 26, 2010
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I took my first trip to the Florida Keys with my parents in 1976 when I was a teenager. We drove down from the Tampa Bay area (where we had recently relocated from New York), and even then, it seemed as if we were turning back the clock.

Of course, to a 15-year-old, you can only turn the clock back so far!

But still, the Keys had a laid-back appeal, and it was obvious that this was NOT New York or Miami!

Charlotte Arpin Niedhauk was there some 40-odd years before my parents and I ventured down the Overseas Highway in a '74 Plymouth Valiant with cold a/c. In fact, the Key that SHE settled on with her husband Russ in the 1930s was not (and to this day, still isn't) connected to any other landmass. Elliott Key may be considered part of the Florida Keys, but it's accessible only by boat.

CHARLOTTE'S STORY is a memoir of her time spent on Elliott Key with Russ; ostensibly to oversee, maintain, and harvest a grove of lime trees. This was no "South Florida Resort." This wasn't even camping. Spending a WEEK on Elliott Key, let alone a couple of years, was not an adventure for wimps. Or the uninformed.

And about that... as much as I enjoyed the story, there was an aspect of CHARLOTTE'S STORY that bothered me somewhat (though I recognize it was more than likely a reflection of the times): Charlotte's husband Russ appears to have been an expert on EVERYTHING. Nothing couldn't be fixed. No variety of driftwood could wash ashore without him knowing what it was, or knowing what it could be used for. Every fish swimming in the waters around them was known to him, and of course, he knew which were edible, and had recipes for every one. The guy seemed like he could have taught a doctorate level class for survivalists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Woodley on June 3, 2006
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Simply a joy. I loved this book. The setting, the charactors, and the pace. The view of the lifestyle, history, and geography. It was a fun easy read that just couldnt be put down.
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By heliconia on April 18, 2014
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If you're a Florida history buff, consider this book. This is a true, spell-binding tale of a young couple, Charlotte and Russ Neidhauk, and their two year island adventure on the largely deserted Elliott Key (Florida Keys) during 1934-35. This couple had to survive without electricity, running water or other modern conveniences. CHARLOTTE'S STORY chronicles both routine things and historic events during Prohibition, including the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. Damage from the storm was so severe that it ended their stay on the Key.. Smugglers and rum runners prowled the waters and added an element of danger. This is a glimpse of what it was like to live in the Keys during the Depression.

Once you get into this book, you won't be able to put it down...
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